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Francesca Cavallo and Julianna Wilson (The Children's Book Podcast #451)

July 17, 2018



Francesca Cavallo (@francescavallo), co-author of GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS books 1 and 2 (@rebelgirlsbook) with Elena Favilli, made history when REBEL GIRLS became the most successful crowdfunding book campaign in history. The REBEL GIRLS books have recently gotten treatment as audiobooks at the hands of audio producer Julie Wilson (@JuliannaNWilson) and Julie assembled a striking cast to add to the orchestra of women's voices present throughout the book series.




The beloved New York Times bestsellers and Kickstarter crowdfunding sensations are available on audio for the first time, read by a star-studded fierce female cast including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marn , Phillipa Soo, Rowan Blanchard, and Samira Wiley.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Books 1-2 is packed with 200 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past and present, from Elizabeth I to Beyonce. Painters, scientists, dancers, chefs, astronauts, jazz singers, pharaohs, boxers, writers, political leaders...from every corner of the globe Each short biography is written in the style of a fairy tale, filling listeners with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Books 1-2 will inspire young girls (and their mothers, their aunts, their cousins...) to be confident, to dream big, to cultivate their strength. Trade in princesses for presidents. Swap out Cinderella for Cleopatra tonight.






Francesca Cavallo is an Italian writer, entrepreneur and stage director. She is the co-creator of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, which has broken records on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter for literary publications. Cavallo's career began in theater, managing a theater company, and in 2011 turned to the development of Timbuktu Labs with Elena Favilli, which publishes a children's magazine for iPads, also called Timbuktu.


The iPad magazine Timbuktu (produced by Timbuktu Labs) presents the news to children as a form of entertainment. The magazine utilizes colorful pictures, easy-to-read language, and sound to appeal to children, and reads top down scrolling vs. the traditional page flipping style of a magazine.


The first volume of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was published in 2016, and has since been translated into over 30 languages. (from Wikipedia)


Learn more about Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls at

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