Book Reviews: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Books 1 and 2) {Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo}

Today is my daughter’s 7th birthday.  7!?!?  How is that even possible? Where does time  even GO when you’re a parent?

She’s smart, beautiful, sweet, hilarious, and amazing.  I am so lucky that she’s mine 🙂 She has been counting down to this day since her birthday last year.

She requested to have her hair curled for her special day so I ordered a curling iron online and we had a trial run last week:

She thinks it’s super cool that I have a blog.  She’s always talking about it and now wants a blog of her own.  She wants to name it “iPad Candy Happy” (get it???)  I told you she’s hilarious 🙂

We have LOTS of celebrating to do over the weekend including a fun adventure and awesome dinner tonight and a pizza party with her friends tomorrow.

In honor of her birthday, I thought I would review 2 of her all time favorite books:



Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 BEDTIME STORIES about the life of 100 EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 FEMALE ARTISTS from all over the world. Each woman’s story is written in the style of a fairy tale. Each story has a full page, full color portrait that captures the spirit of the portrayed hero. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is also the MOST CROWDFUNDED ORIGINAL BOOK IN HISTORY.



Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 is the sequel to the sensational New York Times bestseller, and the most crowdfunded book of all times. The authors, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, will take you and your kids on an empowering journey through 100 new bedtime stories, featuring the adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyoncé. The unique narrative style of “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” transforms each biography into a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 boasts a brand new graphic design, a glossary and 100 incredible new portraits created by the best female artists of our time. “This amazing book shows girls they can be anything they want.” – Melinda Gates “Essential reading for girls and indeed boys; children who read this at bedtime are guaranteed some big and inspirational dreams.” – Fiona Noble, The Guardian “The anti-princess book teaching girls to rebel.” – Georgina Rannard, BBC News

My Thoughts:

My daughter absolutely LOVES these books.  My husband was the one to read them with her.  Each night before bed, they would read a few stories together.  My daughter couldn’t WAIT to hear these each night!  I read a few of them with her when he was unable and I was impressed with the variety of well known woman and their accomplishments that these books focused on.

There are SO many lessons taught in these books…they teach tolerance, determination, hard work, dedication, etc. all taught from the true stories of successful women.  These books are inspiring on so many levels.  As an added bonus…through the stories, my daughter even learned bits of history!

My husband absolutely loved reading these with her and it was wonderful bonding for them.  When I told him that I was reviewing them today, his exact words were, “I love those books!”

These books make such amazing gifts.  My daughter received the first one as a gift from her aunt, uncle, and cousins.  Her aunt wrote such a beautiful message on the inside cover about how my daughter is capable of great things, they can’t wait to see all that she will do, and that the stories of the women in this book should be a reminder to her of all that she can achieve.  Such an inspirational message was the perfect inscription.

As soon as they finished reading the first book, my husband immediately preordered the second and it arrived as soon as it was released.  They were both so excited to start reading it that night!

These books will continue to hold a special place on her bookshelf for a very, very long time.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LITTLE GIRL!  I’m trying hard to protect our privacy by not saying her name 🙂  I love you more than you will ever know…Let the celebrating BEGIN!


Mommy (Jenny)

Do your children own these books?  Do they love them?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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8 thoughts on “Book Reviews: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Books 1 and 2) {Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo}

  1. I have these on a list of books to buy for when Addie is older. I don’t want her to grow up too fast, but yet I can’t wait until she is old enough for them!!

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    1. I think a lot of things with kids are like that. You can’t wait for the next phase to do certain things but at the same time you don’t want the current phase to ever end. Totally get it 🙂


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