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Published just in time for International Women's Day. This book is a fab present for any little girls in your life

Are you familiar with Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls? Muddy’s pro bookworm Kerry Potter is a big fan… here’s why you should snap it up for presents pronto 

Published in 2016, this gorgeously illustrated book of quirkily written short stories about real-life bold’n’brilliant women was a cult hit that exploded into a publishing phenomenon. It’s now sold over 1m copies, has been translated into 30 languages and is one of the few books that has persuaded my nocturnally-tricksy daughter to actually settle down for bed. It’s become my go-to gift for little girls’ birthday gifts. (I’ve probably bought most of those 1m copies myself, thinking about it.)

Now, and fortuitously timed for International Women’s Day, Italian writers Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo are back with a sequel with Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2; another 100 mini-biographies of outspoken, pioneering females, both historical and present day, scattered around the globe. Madonna, Nefertiti, Billie Jean King, Georgia O’Keeffe and Agatha Christie all feature this time round (hey, wouldn’t that make for any interesting dinner party?)

And while it may be a book for children, there’s lots here for adults too. I’m newly au fait with a whole host of historical figures I’d never heard of until now – shall we call it a reflection of the male-bias in our school history curriculum rather than, um, me being a div? Andrée Peel, for example, a French resistance fighter was a new one on me. The other fantastic thing about Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 is that as well as being produced by an all-female writing team, it’s illustrated by 50 different women artists from around the world.

If you’re bored of endless stories about simpering princesses then buy this for the little girls in your life pronto. Heck, buy it for the boys too

Words by Kerry Potter

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