Inspiration For Girls



Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 tales of extraordinary women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

100 bedtime stories (in fairy tale form) about the life of 100 extraordinary women, beautifully illustrated by 60 female artists. This is most certainly one of my favourite children’s books this year and of all time. It’s a real inspiration for young girls, empowering them to take paths that would not necessarily be deemed conventional.

Each page tells the story of an extraordinary woman from around the world in the form of a mini biography from Jane Austen, Ada Lovelace, Cleopatra, J K Rowling, female philosophers and sports stars to inventors. The stories are not sugar-coated. Instead they focus on the virtues of perseverance, persistence, strong work ethic in the face of challenges and obstacles. It empowers young girls to pursue their dreams no matter how difficult this pursuit may be and provides great role models to encourage, inspire and reinforce their faith in their own little abilities.

Guaranteed to delight, inspire and empower your little girls.

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A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I train mental health professionals, librarians, teachers as well as readers on using bibliotherapy in their own work through our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course. We also curate reading lists/personalised book prescriptions for clients based on their individual needs. This is our signature personalised reading service.

You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction, crime etc). There’s also a Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation.

In this role, I have had the opportunity to publish a book called The Happiness Mindset, and write various literary essays and pieces for newspapers and magazines. I have undertaken bibliotherapy workshops for The United Nations, various libraries in New York and corporate organisations in the UK and US. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice, New York Observer, Sydney Telegraph and various other publications. If you are a parent you might enjoy a podcast I’ve recorded with speech and language therapist Sunita Shah on Raising A Reader & Storyteller. And if you’d like to connect, email me at or

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