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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.
13,454 backers pledged $675,614 to help bring this project to life.

Did you say 22 languages??? (+ we're hiring!)

Posted by Timbuktu Labs (Creator)

It's happening! Rebel Girls are taking over the world!

Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Welsh, Romanian, Albanian, Korean, Ukranian, Hebrew, Croatian, Polish, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Lithuanian... are coming!

[Stick with us until the end of this update, because there is a little secret we want to share with you.]

At the Bologna Children's Book Fair, in front of the Mondadori stand, with the giant cover in Italian!
At the Bologna Children's Book Fair, in front of the Mondadori stand, with the giant cover in Italian!

By the end of 2017, so many more children around the world will have this labour of love on their nightstand, just like we had dreamed together! 

We're just back from a month in Italy, where "Storie della Buonanotte per Bambine Ribelli" was published on February 28th by Mondadori. For the sixth week in a row... it's the #1 Best Seller with OVER 100,000 COPIES sold in just 6 WEEKS!!! 


Here's a short video to give you an idea of what happened over the past month.

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The last clip in the video is from BBC Breakfast who invited us to talk about the book in a live interview! In the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India you can now find it wherever books are sold, published by Penguin. We are the #3 Best Selling Book for Children in the UK (#4 IS HARRY POTTERRRRR!!)

The book is already out in Mexico, published by Planeta. And in Brazil, published by V&R Editoras. And in Turkey, published by Hep Kitap. All the other languages are coming soon!

Norwegian is in da house.
Norwegian is in da house.

Meet the Italian artists who illustrated the book

We invited them to the official presentation at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome. It was rad to meet them in person and to share with them the emotional launch of the Italian translation!

A disturbing experiment

Did you see the video we published on March 6th and that became viral with 25 million views in 1 week? If you haven't, we think you should watch it.

We're growing, people.

When we launched this campaign one year ago, we were just two people working in their kitchen in Venice, California. The two of us are still in the same kitchen, but we've grown. We're now 10 people: an incredibly talented and diverse team spanning across different cities, states, countries. 

We are looking for the most passionate, talented people we can find, wherever they may live, whomever they may be. 

Specifically, our current available positions are:

1) An experienced Executive Assistant based in LA. You have assisted executives with complex schedules across several timezones, you have managed company travels and understand how to structure an agenda strategically. You have experience in dealing with PR requests, admin tasks and are passionate about helping your clients focus on their top priorities. (Bonus if you speak Italian)

2) A Radio Producer to work on a new production with us. (sorry, not a lot of details, 'cause we don't want to spoil any surprises).

3) A Sales/Distribution Manager with the primary function to grow the retail sales in the traditional bookstore and library marketplace and in the non traditional gift/special store marketplace. You have a big experience in publishing and distribution, you're an out of the box thinker and are dying to disrupt the traditional books distribution model.

4) A Content Growth Marketer. Build and manage a rich content/editorial calendar that attracts a qualified audience to our owned properties (including blog posts, whitepapers, ebooks, reports, webinars, infographics, etc.). - Grow new leads, including marketing-qualified leads, by converting site traffic through calls-to-action, landing pages, and lead generation content (including offers). - Optimize our marketing automation and lead nurturing processes through email, content, and social channels.

Do you know someone who may be just the right fit? Tell them to send us an email with a link to their Linkedin profile at

And now the secret.

We're about to launch something that will make you happy. it's still kind of a secret, but we need your help to fine tune it. Please, answer to this very secret and incredibly short survey?

You'll hear from us again next week, as we'll have something important to celebrate with you.

Always stay rebel,

Elena & Francesca

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    1. Jennifer Kepler on

      I received my books today and am so horribly disappointed. I am a gold backer and submitted my daughter’s name. I sent an email on name submission. My husband even double checked the name as we were required to our last names first - my daughter’s name is Aoìfe Caitlin Elizabeth Dragonslayer van Overloop Kepler- even putting Aoife van Overloop Kepler would have been fine- what did we get Kepler van Overloop- that is not even in the right order family name wise!!!! So very very heartbroken-

    2. Timbuktu Labs 3-time creator on

      @Yvonne The lesson plan is waiting for you on your Backerkit profile!

      @Lynn: I can't trace your order from your name, but if you bought a digital copy of the book, it's waiting for you on your Backerkit profile. You should have received several emails. If you have troubles finding it, please email with your name + email address associated with your Kickstarter account and we will help you!

    3. Yvonne Wunderlich on

      I'm with Lynn. I purchased the homeschool package and although I received the book, I never received the package that was promised. Is there someone within your company that I can talk to please.

      Yvonne W

    4. Francesco Sullo on

      This is fantastic! Absolutely! Great!

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      Veronica Williams on

      I literally cried of happiness. My almost 5 year old is enjoying the book a lot. She loves when we read the stories to her and she asks questions about the stories and usually wants to see more photos on the internet :)
      We are a bilingual house and to hear that the book is already out in Spanish in México literally made my cry and laugh! We will be in Mexico City in July and will be the first thing we will run to get. I know my little girl will ask us to read the stories back to back in the two languages and we will be so happy to do so!!
      Best of success to all the team!! �

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      Lynn on

      I just want to know when I'll recieve the PDF copies or links to them that I purchased ooooooooo so long ago????

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      Wicked Cool Games

      Gotta say, I read this to my 6yr old and 2 yr old daughters every night. We gave it to them for X-mass and she has just gotten into it. We read 2 stories a night and my daughter is so invested in the book and asks so many questions. Best Kickstarter I have ever backed...and I've back quite a few(mostly games and techy stuff.) Love love love the book congrats on all the success and good luck with your next project I'll be watching!