Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls : Publishing Gold on Kickstarter

The most successful publishing campaign in Kickstarter history, Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls is a collection of illustrated stories that celebrate extraordinary women.

I stumbled across this project doing research for another book event, and discovered the perfect gift for my niece and nephew ages 8 and 9. Despite the title, these volumes are simply good reading for anyone, any gender, of any age. Always wanting stronger female role models in my own life as a young reader, and we all know the real power of the true stories in these volumes. Inspirational at any age, they are a joy to read from. It’s a perfect book gift for the children in your life and possibly, even for yourself.

Rebel-Girl-Books_a857222c-66fd-423b-a6d4-8b3b0afbeec1_530xThe wild success of these books, both volumes one and two, shows that the disparity of gender in children’s books is an issue that still an issue to address and people want to become a part of it and share it with others. Volume one, ended the first Kickstarter campaign with $675,614 pledged before press time from a $40,000 goal with 13,454 backers. 

In spite of the unanticipated success of volume one, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, cofounders of Timbuktu Labs, Inc. were still amazed at the success of  Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2, which raised $866,193 of $100,000 starter goal by the end of the campaign with 15,475 backers pledged. To be sure, the funds have enabled a beautiful book indeed. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is filled with 100 bedtime stories about the life and achievements of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – 100 tales to dream BIG

Real women from the past and the present who have achieved amazing results, despite all  the odds. Rebel girls whose actions have changed the course of history. Scientists, astronauts, jazz singers, writers, boxers, aviators, political leaders, from all over the globe.

It’s a collection of bedtime stories that can inspire young girls and boys alike to be confident, to dream big,  and to cultivate their strength.


On the Rebel Girls  web pages you can find more information, about the two women who started this publishing journey, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. First with the award-winning Timbuktu Magazine, now with two complete Volumes of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a podcast  which launched today, and no less than 12 apps in the Itunes Store.

Run your mouse over some of the incredible illustrations featured in these books for the names of the a few of the women featured in the books beautiful full color illustrations.

From the about page at Rebel Girls:

“Because we are girls. Our entrepreneurial journey made us understand how important it is for girls to grow up surrounded by female role models. It helps them to be more confident and set bigger goals. We realized that 95% of the books and TV shows we grew up with, lacked girls in prominent positions. We did some research and discovered that this didn’t change much over the past 20 years, so we decided to do something about it.

But, by any means, read these stories to your sons! It is crucial that they learn to identify and empathize also with female heroes! The stories in the book are a great source of inspiration for anyone, male or female, child or adult” 

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This picture was taken in Milan, at the end of 2011. In those days, we were packing our belongings to fly to California and try to build a company. Elena had been working as a journalist and Francesca as a stage director and playwright. Working late nights and weekends, we had just built the first iPad magazine for children in the world, Timbuktu Magazine.

The creators, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, were surprised at how quickly supporters met their $100,000 goal to produce a second illustrated book filled with 100 stories about brave, powerful women,  By press time, the campaign had raised more than $229,000 from 4,365 backers. Launched in May 2016 it had pledged $866,193 by 15,475 backers. Their Kickstarter director of publishing, Margot Atwell wasn’t surprised by the success stating in an article on ,

“I was not surprised to see the massive outpouring of support for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2,” Atwell said in an email. “Francesca, Elena, and the Timbuktu team created a beautiful book in Good Night Stories, but they also created an enthusiastic community of people all over the world who are hungry for stories of women doing great things.” 


Synopsis: 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. Hardcover, with an extra smooth matte scuff-free lamination, 100lbs beautiful paper, a double satin bookmark and an extraordinary print quality, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a beautiful object, it’s printed with soy and vegetable based inks and it’s FSC certified.

About the Author: Elena Favilli is a media entrepreneur and a journalist. She has worked for Colors magazine, McSweeney’s, RAI, Il Post, and La Repubblica, and has managed digital newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, she created the first iPad magazine for children, Timbuktu magazine. She is the founder and CEO of Timbuktu Labs. Francesca Cavallo is a writer and theatre director. Her award-winning plays have been staged all across Europe. A passionate social innovator, Francesca is the founder of Sferracavalli, an International Festival of Sustainable Imagination in Southern Italy. In 2011, Francesca joined forces with Elena Favilli to found Timbuktu Labs, where she serves as Creative Director.

Facebook – @rebelgirls
  • Print Length: Vol 2: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Timbuktu Labs; 1 edition (February 26, 2018)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07B435C97


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