Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – Review


Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls had me hooked from the moment I heard about it for a number of reasons.

Starting life as a Kickstarter to raise money to print 1000 copies, the book looks at 100 different female leaders in their field from all over the world and contains 60 stunning illustrations. It’s telling that it went on to raise over $1 million to become the most highly funded book in crowdfunding history.

As a dad of two young girls, I was thrilled at the idea of a book that I could read my daughters at bedtime that would reinforce positive female role models in such a beautiful fashion.

The girls have progressed beyond books that can be read in a single session and moved onto chapter books already. This was a different style of book, but still a step forward developmentally. Each page of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls tells the story of a different female politician, sports star, artist, visionary, pop star etc.

In our first visit to the book, we learned about Ada Lovelace, Alek Wek, Alfonsina Strada and Alicia Alonso. (Yup, the book is in alphabetical order!)

The girl’s imaginations was captured. You could see their brains ticking away at these stories, which introduce them to so many different lives in new parts of the world.

Now they’re hooked. From a dad’s point of view, it feels good to introduce my daughters to these wonderful people and stories (even if Margaret Thatcher is in there). After all, sowing little inspirational seeds is one of the best things that a parent can do for their kids.

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls makes for some valuable Dad / Daughter reading time.

64 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    15 June 2017
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    Ohhh I don’t think I can recall that far back! As a very young child it was probably a Play School presenter and as a young teenager it could have been someone like Kylie Minogue because I loved to watch her in Neighbours!

  2. Alex Bradley
    15 June 2017
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    I think my big sister would have been my role model – she still is!

  3. laura stewart
    15 June 2017
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    my grandad x

  4. Jackie Dawson
    15 June 2017
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    Has to be my amazing grandad!

  5. Solange
    15 June 2017
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    My mum.

  6. Annabel Greaves
    15 June 2017
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    My parents were my role models

  7. Susan Smith
    15 June 2017
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    My parents were my role models in every way

  8. Deborah Mackenzie
    15 June 2017
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    Thinking back I would say my gran.

  9. fiona waterworth
    15 June 2017
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    my uncle Norman, he was always there not to mention sold ice cream

  10. Sally Collingwood
    16 June 2017
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    My teacher

  11. Margaret gallagher
    16 June 2017
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    My DAD taught me everything

  12. Laura Pritchard
    16 June 2017
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    My older cousin, Jacky, she was so glamorous – an Aussie flight attendant!

  13. Leila Benhamida
    17 June 2017
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    My grand mother was full of wisdom and love.

  14. Rachel Butterworth
    17 June 2017
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    My Mum’s cousin. She was a dancer in Hot Gossip, and always seemed so glamorous and free spirited.

  15. Marvi Villamizar-Blandon
    20 June 2017
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    My mentor in college, Dr. Betty Ashbaker who would always inspire me to continue developing a love for academia and research

  16. 21 June 2017
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    My mother was the best role model for me she was amazing -loving,caring, calm and had a great sense of humour , though my father was brilliant at art , painting and drawing and I picked that up from him

  17. Danielle Spencer
    22 June 2017
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    My auntie Debbie – who isn’t really a relative!

  18. Becky Yeomans
    22 June 2017
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    Blue peter presenters! I loved blue peter as a child and always wished I could do the activities like them!

  19. amy bondoc
    22 June 2017
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    my aunt julie! still my hero now!

  20. GLACE CLAIRE
    22 June 2017
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    My beautiful grandad x

  21. Jo Carroll
    22 June 2017
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    I don’t think I had one particular role model. I’ve always tended to plough my own furrow.

  22. Jo Hutchinson
    22 June 2017
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    Floella Benjamin

  23. Rachael G
    22 June 2017
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    My older sister.

  24. Karen Barrett
    24 June 2017
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    My Grandma, she brought me up.

  25. Gemma Cook
    25 June 2017
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    Definitely my grandad.

  26. Jodie A Green
    25 June 2017
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    my parents, mainly my mum!

  27. Hali Kinson
    26 June 2017
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    My parents

  28. Ruth Harwood
    26 June 2017
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    My dad

  29. Lisa Wilkinson
    27 June 2017
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    My mum

  30. Rich Tyler
    28 June 2017
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    My Nan 🙂

  31. EJ Dunn
    2 July 2017
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    My mum

  32. janine atkin
    2 July 2017
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    my mum

  33. lara latchem
    3 July 2017
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    my grandad

  34. paula cheadle
    3 July 2017
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    my Mum and Dad, I want to be like my Mum, kind and loving, but, also like my Dad, let no one walk over you, and I’ve ended up being a mixture of them both

  35. kRIS
    3 July 2017
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    my big sis’

  36. Judith Allen
    4 July 2017
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    I don’t know, I would imagine my mum and dad, but I didn’t think about it at the time. I loved ballet when I was a child, and thought Margot Fonteyn was amazing. I wasn’t the right shape though. Very disappointing.

  37. Sheri Darby
    4 July 2017
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    My mum

  38. Joanna Phillimore
    5 July 2017
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    My lovely Mum.

  39. 6 July 2017
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    My role model was my Mum, she was then and she still is now, she’s an amazing women x

  40. Samantha R
    6 July 2017
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    Mine was my mum because she went through a lot of difficult times to put herself through college and change her career so we could have a better life.

  41. Paula T
    6 July 2017
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    My lovely mum. Always upbeat and hardworking x

  42. Sarah Parker
    7 July 2017
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    my mum 🙂

  43. Kim Lam
    7 July 2017
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    My dad

  44. Nicola Doherty
    7 July 2017
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    The inquisitive Nancy Drew!! I couldn’t get enough of her stories!! I like to think that this may have helped me pick my career!!

  45. Susan B
    7 July 2017
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    The Prime Minister was my childhood role model.

  46. Stephen Little
    7 July 2017
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    Don’t remember having one.

  47. ADEINNE TONNER
    7 July 2017
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    When i was a child my role model used to be my older sister.

  48. Emma Middleton
    7 July 2017
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    My mum is and will always be my role model

  49. andrea tinkler
    7 July 2017
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    My english teacher. I don’t no why but i always looked up to him and admired everything he did

  50. Jeanette Leighton
    8 July 2017
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    My dad

  51. Anna Robinson
    8 July 2017
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    I think my mum was my main role model, although I had some amazing teachers that looking back, have influenced me greatly.

  52. Sheila Reeves
    8 July 2017
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    My Godmother, she was only 11 years older than me, was first in my family to go to university

  53. 8 July 2017
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    I don’t remember really having one but I hung onto my granddads every word so if I had to pick someone it would probably be him

  54. Diana
    8 July 2017
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    My Godmother 🙂

  55. Sian Buckingham
    8 July 2017
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    My nan and grandad!

  56. JULIE WARD
    8 July 2017
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    Most probably my grandma, she was always there for me

  57. Rachael Sexey
    8 July 2017
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    Claire richards from steps ????

  58. Karen Scott
    8 July 2017
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    My mum she was amazing 🙂 x

  59. Tracy Gladman
    8 July 2017
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    Can’t remember that far back!

  60. 8 July 2017
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    My parents and Zippy off Rainbow ????

  61. AG
    8 July 2017
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    When I was very young my sister was my role model – she’s 8 years older than me so I thought she was so cool. When I got older I wanted to be Alanis Morissette…

  62. Natalie Crossan
    8 July 2017
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    My mumma xxx

  63. Tee Simpson
    8 July 2017
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    My nanna was my role model

  64. Natalie Gillham
    8 July 2017
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    My mum

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