Women Making History

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo were named Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch Superstars on September 12. They raised money through crowdfunding to publish their collections of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (there are two so far) and have created a children’s media start-up in order to distribute these books as well as develop new projects. Every story in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 begins with “once upon a time” and reading these short vignettes is unlike the experience of reading many other biographical texts. The stories of these women are told in a way that enhances their excitement, audacity, and hope.

We sometimes hear that boys will not read stories about girls or vice versa and I believe that there could be nothing further from the truth. In fact, I think this idea perpetuates the gender stereotypes in our society. This book would be wonderful for any youth, identifying as male or female, because the stories within are inspiring and speak to all interests and experiences.

This book could be used as a stepping stone for further biographical study. It could be read aloud to students when they are studying particular topics such as the arts, the environment, or careers. Students could also use it to draw parallels between people or times in this country and around the world.

Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards:

Diversity 8- I want to know more about other people’s lives and experiences, and I know how to ask questions respectfully and listen carefully and non-judgmentally.

Diversity 10- I know that the way groups of people are treated today, and the way they have been treated in the past, is a part of what makes them who they are.

Common Core Standards:

W.7- Develop short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

Published by socialjusticeinchildrenslit

My name is Leah Cole and I was a teacher in Iowa for nine years. My passions for education, social justice, and children's literature led me to create this blog. Students are faced with issues of justice and fairness from the time they are very young. The Social Justice Standards developed by Teaching Tolerance help teachers to support the development of students who recognize and embrace their own identities while respecting and valuing those who are different. In this blog, I will attempt to identify and review books that support the social justice standards.

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