Bedtime stories are still a big deal here. My children are old enough to read to themselves but I still sit with my youngest two every night at bedtime for a chapter or two. The days of me putting on silly voices while I read story books are long gone, they are normally the ones doing the reading these days. But there is still something so special about spending that time with them at the end of every day while I perch on their beds and listen to them read.
The lovely people at Particular Books* got in touch asking if we would like to review Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and at first, I thought it would be perfect for my youngest daughter. But when it arrived I had a quick look for myself and thought that actually, it would be a lovely book for us all to share. I have to admit that this was partly for selfish reasons because I wanted to read it for myself. A quick flick through the pages told me that I would have absolutely loved this book as a little girl. And I knew both of my little ones at nine and eleven would love it too. So that is what we have been doing. Every night the three of us take it in turns to read a page each and it is just wonderful.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is a revolutionary storybook about real women from around the globe. They are not fairy tales, they are the real stories of the most inspiring and heroic women in history. The book is beautifully illustrated by 60 different female artists from around the world. Each story is one page long and accompanied by a gorgeous image and quote making it perfect for sharing. We thought it would be nice to read one story a night but it quickly turned into at least three, with us all wanting a turn and being desperate to read the next story in the book.
There are one hundred stories in total and all completely inspiring in their own way. From queens and pharaohs to surgeons and computer scientists, lawyers and activists to spies and sailors. All extraordinary women, some we have heard of and many that we have not. All of their stories should be heard of course and I can’t stress just how much my girls are loving and soaking up every single one of these tales. I’ve always brought my children up to believe that they can be anything they want to be and this book is showing them that is possible. The foreword in the book reads: To the rebel girls of the world – dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and when in doubt remember you are right. It makes me teary just typing that. I think this little book has had a big an impact on me as it has my girls.
The book has a great back story too as it started out as a Kickstarter to raise enough money to print 1000 copies. It quickly became a crowdfunding success raising over a million dollars to become the most highly funded book in crowdfunding history. The book has been an Amazon bestseller in the US, UK, Italy and Germany and has already been translated into twelve languages. An inspiring story in itself of course and I can’t help but think that this back story should also be added as one of inspiring stories in the book. It was co-written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo with illustrations by sixty female artists.
I can hand on heart say that this is the best bedtime book we have ever read together. The snappy one page stories make it perfect for dipping in and out of but there is so much detail in each and every story. My girls at nine and eleven pick up on the smallest of details and the stories never end there for us, they often lead to bigger conversations about politics or history. They are both at an age where they have such enquiring minds and I love that they are opening up a bigger narrative for us. I have already bought more copies of the book as Christmas presents for three little people we know and I can’t wait to give it to them. This little treasure of a book is packed full of truly remarkable stories of women who have changed the world – whether you are 9 or 99 I think you would love it!
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls from Particular Books is available now priced at £17.99 RRP
*For the purpose of this review we were kindly sent a goody bag of rebel girl treats from Particular Books including Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls but all words and opinions here are our own. I would never recommend a book that I did not hand on heart truly love and I hand on heart couldn’t love this book any more than I do!