Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo is a book that’s had quite a bit of hype around it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book! I would say it’s a great read for both girls and boys (my son found it interesting as did my daughters). In fact I think it’s important for girls and boys to read and have access to information like this to enable us to educate children about equality.
So, onto the book itself! There are 200 pages of remarkable women in this book, ranging from modern day inventors to ancient empresses. Each double page has a page of text and an illustration page. The illustrations are in many different styles, by many different artists. I really like this format as I find it keeps younger children engaged (they have the pictures to look at) whilst the stories are of interest to any age! The text is not difficult (in fact quite simplistic as are some of the explanations) and is in a storytelling style so can be read by children from about 6-7 years old.
What I really like is the breadth of women in this book. There are modern day women (some of whom are still alive), women from ancient times, young women, old women, women from all around the world and from all types of careers. Of course with only one page of text the information is limited, but perhaps it will inspire children to find out more about some of these amazing women?
All in all I would definitely recommend this book – for your kids to read themselves or for you to read to them.