As they have with their two previous bestsellers, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, volumes 1 and 2, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo of Timbuktu Labs are introducing their latest book, a companion to the series, I Am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions, via Kickstarter on Tuesday, September 18. The campaign will run through October 17, and contributors will receive copies of the journal in November.
“If Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls inspired the girls in your life through the daring deeds of many incredible women, I Am a Rebel Girl will help them train their rebel spirit, embrace their own potential with joy and determination and be agents of changes,” said chief creative officer Cavallo.
“It has never been more important to raise girls who are ready to speak up and to take their destiny into their own hands. And this is what I Am a Rebel Girl is for,” Favilli added.
To foster that spirit, Favilli and Cavallo designed the journal with 100 activities, ranging from writing letters to elected officials to drawing themselves climbing a mountain. The journal is illustrated with original art by the same female artists who contributed to the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books. The cover is also intended to encourage girls to personalize the journal; there is space for them to write their name on the front cover.
If the Cavallo and Favilli’s new book follows the same pattern as the previous two, it could make Kickstarter history. In 2016, volume one of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls broke the record for crowdfunding a children’s book and raised more than $1 million.
In addition to the books, Cavallo and Favilli, who were named PW Star Watch Superstars earlier this month, launched a successful podcast last fall based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. The podcast received a mention in Time magazine’s list of the Best 50 Shows to Listen to Right Now and a nomination at the 2018 People’s Choice Podcast Awards. A second season is planned for spring 2019 with 11 stories, including those of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya.