Need a hero?
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
The books that leave the greatest impression are often those that fill the most obvious need.
Obviously, we need a book of bedtime stories to reveal to girls what they can accomplish with a little grit.
Obviously, we want messages of problem-solving instead of pixie dust.
Obviously, we need a book like Good NIght Stories for Rebel Girls.
The book features 100 1-page biographies of women who, faced with adversity or tremendous talent, doubled down on their strengths to become one of world’s best in their life’s work.
There are biographies here of household names like Serena and Venus Williams, Marie Curie, and Nina Simone. Also, mathematicians, activists, and explorers whose stories I hadn’t read previously.
When I was a boy it was biographies that most compelled me. About 80% of the time, I read about dudes. I feasted on biographies of Olympians and Martin Luther King Jr. These books made it clear to me what a man is capable of accomplishing in his lifetime.
Similarly, I want my girls to be aware of what a woman can accomplish in her lifetime.
This book is a great start if you want to spur your kid’s thinking on the range of impacts she can have on the world. My three-and-a-half-year-old was drawn to certain stories more than others and enjoyed the illustrations. I was impressed by how the authors deftly handled difficult truths, given their audience. Their subjects are living among oppressive societies, Nazis, and gangs, but still finding a way to leave their mark.
My plan is to keep coming back to this book to keep the conversation alive about interests, overcoming difficulties, and finding my daughters’ heroes.
Ultimate Dadvice: 4 Dads out of 5