Last year I highlight a project called Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a children’s book focusing on stories about inspiring women from all over the world. After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for the first edition, the book’s creators, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, are back with volume two.
The second book brings together new stories about famous and inspiring women from all walks of life, including pop stars like Beyonce and even writers like J.K. Rowling, and tells their stories in a fairy tale format for children. The book will feature the stories of 100 women from across the world and throughout history. Just like the first book, these stories will be paired with original artwork portraying these historic women.
But for the their second Kickstarter campaign Favilli and Cavallo are being a little more ambitious than trying to fund just the book. The project will also fund a scripted podcast where the stories will be read aloud so children can listen to them, just like bedtime stories. The podcast episodes will include readings of stories from both written volumes of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
I was really happy to hear about the success of the first book, and I think it’s great that Favilli and Cavallo have been able to use that success to expand their operations, putting together a whole new book and this podcast.
It’s important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all people throughout history, and I think this collection does a good job of telling the stories of great women from diverse backgrounds. The books will be inspiring to girls from all walks of life and show them that there are women from many different places working in many different fields who have accomplished and continue to accomplish great things.
Diversity in storytelling and media is important because it is important for young people to be able to see themselves represented and know that they can achieve great things in their lives. While boys have a lot of role models, in fiction and real life, girls have fewer, and I think projects like these are so great because they aim to balance the scales and provide more inspiration and representation to those who don’t always have it.
The Kickstarter page for Good Night for Rebel Girls 2 is live now, so if you want to back the project you can. If you like the idea that books like these exist, but don’t have children you want to buy the book for, you can contribute to the campaign as well. Or, if you don’t think you can contribute, spread the word so that others can find out about it.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you will give this Kickstarter campaign a look and support it if you can. Until next time!