On any given night, I read Evelyn three stories/books and tell her 3 made up stories (or semi true-to-life stories from my own childhood). Needless to say, this is a child who loves being read to – she seems to enjoy letting the words whisk her away to another world. Sometimes, the books I read her to bore me to tears. And sometimes, I love them so much I want to keep reading (and reading).
Bri recently gifted Evelyn a book that falls into the latter category: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 BEDTIME STORIES about the life of 100 EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 FEMALE ARTISTS from all over the world. Each woman’s story is written in the style of a fairy tale. Each story has a full page, full color portrait that captures the spirit of the portrayed hero. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is also the MOST CROWDFUNDED ORIGINAL BOOK IN HISTORY. Hardcover, with an extra smooth matte scuff-free lamination, 100lbs beautiful paper, a double satin bookmark and an extraordinary print quality, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a beautiful object, it’s printed with soy and vegetable based inks and it’s FSC certified.
Simply put: we love it. Evelyn likes that each story is about a real person. Some of them are still alive, some of them have been dead for centuries. Some of them are athletes. Some of them are artists. Some of them are scientists. All of them are inspiring.
After each story, Evelyn has been asking to Google the women we just read and learned about. She wants to see photos of them, watch videos and hear more about their lives. This has really opened up the door to conversations about what women and girls can do (everything!) and how women who persevere and never give up can accomplish tremendous things. This evening, we googled Ashley Fiolek, a Deaf professional motocross racer and Artesima Gentileschi, a Renaissance painter who lived in the 1600s – both women I’d never heard of but learned about through this book.
If you’re looking for a good book to share with your kids that doesn’t drag on (and on!) and you want to learn alongside your kids, I highly recommend this book. I like that the stories are only 1-page. Evelyn likes that the stories are about real people. We both like talking about it after, and imagining what types of things Evelyn will do when she’s “all grown up”.
5/5 would recommend.