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.