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A children's book that reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 great women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.
A children's book that reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 great women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.
A children's book that reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 great women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.
13,454 backers pledged $675,614 to help bring this project to life.

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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 100 female artists from all over the world.

This is a mockup image of what the book will look like.
This is a mockup image of what the book will look like.

We unlocked all our stretch goals, which means that every copy of the book will now come with a Rebel Girls Poster, a Rebel Girls Tattoo Pack, and an Audio Book. We will also gift 400 copies to Read to a Child, an amazing nonprofit organization that inspires caring adults to read aloud to at-risk children.

Plus, we unlocked our Surprise Stretch Goal! Which means that next January 2017 we will fly to Rwanda for 7 days of workshops for children and grown ups about female leadership. We are partnering with The Art House Rwanda, a local collective of artists based in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and one of the most vibrant cities in East Africa.

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"Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" features illustrations by 100 different female artists from every corner of the globe.

 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" will not only be an opportunity to inspire young girls through the adventures of these unconventional women, it will also be a collection of portraits created by some of the most talented female artists of our time.

Creative: Cori Johnson

Cover: Pemberley Pond

Contributing Artists: Ana Galvan (Spain), Helena Morais Soares (Portugal), Erin Marlow (USA), Elisabetta Stoinich (Italy), Debora Kamogawa (Brazil), and many more.

Special Thanks to: Gaia Garlaschelli, Leonardo Cannizzaro, Ludovica Isidori, Georgia Tribuiani, Elettra Bargiacchi.

 1. The Book

"Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" will be a beautiful hardcover book, 6x9'', packed with 100 bedtime stories and 100 full-color portraits created by 100 fantastic female artists from all over the world.

2. The Kickstarter Exclusive Coloring Book

Illustration by Elisabetta Stoinich
Illustration by Elisabetta Stoinich

In addition to this amazing book, Kickstarter backers will get an exclusive coloring book to go with "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls." The coloring book will feature 12 inspiring portraits that will make you and your children dream big with some of the most inspiring female leaders of all times.

3. The Hall of Fame

How cool would it be for a girl to have a book of female heroes with her name in it? Very cool! Get this reward to have the name of a girl you believe in featured in the gallery of girls who are going to change the world.

You'll also get 2 signed copies of the book, because once you are in the hall of fame, you have double bragging rights.

4. Meet the Creators

We're happy to talk to you about startups, children's media, fundraising, strategies and tactics helpful to female entrepreneurs and mentor you for your own project. And if none of these topics interest you, we can always teach you how to make a mean ragu. (Not a joke)

5. The School Kit

If you want as many girls as possible to be exposed to the inspiring stories of these extraordinary women, this is the reward for you. You can get the School Kit for your children's school, or for a public school in your neighborhood. Or for a community center, a library, a club. 

  • 10 copies of "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls"
  • 10 Coloring Books
  • 1 Teacher's Kit with a lesson plan on how to get over gender stereotypes in the classroom
  • 1 Maxi Classroom Poster 24''x 36'' featuring great women in science

6. Timbuktu Workshop

As you've seen in the video, Timbuktu developed all of its products while working with children. From a workshop about dreams and videomaking at the international center of the Reggio Emilia Approach, to a pizza making session at the San Francisco Creativity Museum, to summer camps, we never shy away from a challenge and we love working with children to create memorable, unique experiences that kids can take with them for a long time.

The workshop we're offering here on Kickstarter will be an exclusive Timbuktu experience to help your children's school get over gender stereotypes through creative, fun activities and engaging storytelling.

Hello! We are Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, co-founders of Timbuktu Labs. Nice to meet you!

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.

Timbuktu Magazine won lots of awards and was featured in so many amazing publications! 

Fast forward to 2016, we have 12 mobile apps in the Apple App Store, we published 6 paper books in English, French and Italian and we built a toolkit that allows underserved communities to design and build playable spaces in collaboration with the NFL, Kaboom, Zynga.org and the YMCA.

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.

We need your help to print the first 1,000 copies, get an ISBN, hire an editor, pay the artists. 

Risks and challenges

Risks are low. We have a lot of experience in creating publishing projects for kids both in the digital and in the physical space. But above all, we have a network of trustworthy, talented artists and designers we have been working with for the past 4 years (with some of them it's almost 10!).

To further minimize risks, we started working on this project one year ago, researching the biographies of many inspiring women and working on several formats before we decided on the style and look of "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls".

One of the most exciting aspects of "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" is that it will be created by 100 female artists. This means that they can work simultaneously on all the portraits and reduce dramatically the time it would take to just one artist to create all the portraits.

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    TIMBUKTU WORKSHOP TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AT SCHOOL

    You will receive all that's included in the Rebel School Kit + an inspiring, one-day workshop run by one of the creators in a school of your choice!

    The workshop will help children (and grown-ups) get over gender stereotypes with games, stories and engaging activities.

    (Travel costs not included)

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