Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

From activists and lawyers to pirates and inventors, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo present young readers with a lifetime’s supply of brilliant female role models.

One hundred extraordinary women are profiled in mini biographies alongside striking full-page portraits by female artists. The unique narrative style transforms each biography into a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and a burning curiosity to know more about each hero. It boasts a brand new graphic design, a glossary and 100 incredible new portraits created by the best female artists of our time.

Countries from across the globe are represented, with around a third of the women from the US. However, Australia has clearly fallen off the radar for no Australian women gets a mention.

To learn more about Australian female role models, through the lens of Tarot, check out the home page here.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a collection of 100 one-page stories about women throughout history who broke barriers and achieved great things. Some are well known (at least to parents) and well chronicled, including Cleopatra, Frida Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, Jane Goodall, Joan Jett, and Jane Austen. And some are lesser known (at least in America), such as Matilde Montoya, Mexico’s first female doctor, and Sonita Alizadeh, a 20-year-old rapper from Afghanistan who refused to be sold into marriage and whose song “Brides for Sale” went viral on YouTube.

One story features a transgender American girl who broke barriers at her elementary school. The brief biographical sketches spotlight a telling anecdote about each woman or girl told in simple language, generally in four to six paragraphs in a relatively large font size, making them highly readable. Facing each page is a quote from the featured person and a stylized color portrait by one of 60 contributing female artists from around the world. A spread at the back invites readers to “Write Your Own Story” and “Draw Your Own Portrait.”

The biographies presented on this site are for an older audience.

With Bow and Crossbow

This image, depicting women defending the castle with bow and crossbow comes from The Medieval Woman – Illuminated Book of Days. Set yourself the task of learning more about the role women have played in society and art. Take the time to look at works of art which were created by or feature women. Think expansively and don’t forget to look at ancient and indigenous art. The art you choose may be a song, a hand crafted item, a carefully prepared food, a character from mythology, or even an image as recognizable at the Mona Lisa.