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Rebel rebel

We adore this illustrated children's book about kick-ass women. Nab a copy and your daughter will love you forever.

Are you familiar with Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls? Published in 2016, this gorgeously illustrated book of quirkily written short stories about real-life bold’n’brilliant women was a cult hit that exploded into a publishing phenomenon. It’s now sold over 1m copies, has been translated into 30 languages and is one of the few books that can persuade my nocturnally-tricksy 9-year-old daughter to actually settle down for bed. It’s become my go-to gift for little girls’ birthday gifts. (I’ve probably bought most of those 1m copies myself, thinking about it.)

Now, and fortuitously timed for International Women’s Day this Thursday, Italian writers Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo are back with a sequel with Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2; another 100 mini-biographies of outspoken, pioneering females, both historical and present day, scattered around the globe. Madonna, Nefertiti, Billie Jean King, Georgia O’Keeffe and Agatha Christie all feature this time round (hey, wouldn’t that make for any interesting dinner party?)

And while it may be a book for children, there’s lots here for adults too. I’m newly au fait with a whole host of historical figures I’d never heard of until now – shall we call it a reflection of the male-bias in our school history curriculum rather than, um, me being a div? Andrée Peel, for example, a French resistance fighter was a new one on me. The other fantastic thing about Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 is that as well as being produced by an all-female writing team, it’s illustrated by 50 different women artists from around the world.

If you’re bored of endless stories about simpering princesses then buy this for your daughter pronto. Heck, buy it for your son too – let’s not leave boys out of this. Because – and forgive me for coming over like a Miss World contestant for a sec here  – if our kids grow up believing that women, as well as men, can achieve anything they set their mind to,  the world will be a much better place. Happy International Women’s Day, all!

Words: Kerry Potter

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