Book Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers

I have noticed that my children read a lot of fiction books, which is great. Fiction can contain some wonderful ideas and things like made-up words, as well as be a great way to discover, learn, and imagine different places and worlds. I myself am a big fan of non-fiction, so I have wanted to get my children some more non-fiction to read. That is where Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes in, perfect for my daughter aged 8.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

I have seen these books before, as the other Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books have been out for a number of years. But their newest addition, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers, is available now for preorder and will be available for purchase on 6th October 2022, priced at £25. We have been lucky enough to get a copy ahead of time to review and see what it is all about.

Rebel Girls, the global empowerment brand that is dedicated to helping raise the most inspired and confident global generation of girls. I like the title to start off with, showing that being a rebel doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but something that will bring change and difference to the world.

100 Inspiring Young Changemakers

The book itself, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers, has been so fun to read with my daughter (and let’s be honest, my ten year old son has enjoyed reading the stories with us too). Each double-page spread has an amazing artist’s impression drawing of the inspiring changemaker, alongside a page written all about them. So you can read as little or as much as you’d like. We’ve been going for one a night so it fits in well with the bedtime routine.

From Taylor Swift to Greta Thunberg

The book celebrates barrier-breaking activists, artists, inventors and entrepreneurs who are all under the age of 30, in an effort to inspire the next generation of girls to change the world. There are a big range of people that we have seen and heard of before, ranging from Taylor Swift and Greta Thunberg to Zendaya, and athletes such as Rayssa Leal and Emma Raducanu. There are plenty of names that I hadn’t heard of before, so it has been amazing to read through their stories and learn more about them and what they are doing to change the world, that doesn’t always get spoken about in the headlines. For example, activists Vanessa Nakate from Uganda and Te Manaia Jennings  from New Zealand, alongside Ukranian entrepreneurs Kaitlin Fritz and Olga Kravchenko. 

The book is the fifth in the Good Night Rebel Girls series, and has so many people involved in making the book, which makes it really special. Creators aged from 11 to 30 have helped to create the book, including 13 contributing authors and original illustrations from 90 artists. I really like that there are artists and changemakers featured from all over the world, so there are women and girls doing things that will interest different children reading it, as well as there being changemakers that represent different nationalities and heritages. 

I think this is a great book to have in the home and in schools, and it isn’t too heavy that you can dip in and out of it, feeling inspired as you go. My daughter Chloe has loved learning about different people doing great things, from scientists to musicians and Olympic athletes. 

Bindi Irwin is featured in the book and also wrote the foreword. Of the book, she has said:

“It is an honour to be writing this foreword as the Rebel Girl series has inspired me from a young age. I hope this new edition empowers young changemakers around the world to believe in their strength to make a difference. The young people today are tomorrow’s voters and decision makers. Everyone should have the opportunity to stand up for creating positive change.”

Bindi Irwin

If you are looking for a great gift for a rebel girl in your life, then I think this will make a great choice (especially with Christmas coming up – are we allowed to mention that yet)?! Priced at £25 for a hardback book, it is a pretty standard price. It is a big book, though, well thought out and well made, so I do think it is value for money.

Have you ever read any of the Rebel Girls books before? It would be great to hear what you think.

*the book was gifted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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