Dream Big: Timbuktu Labs' "Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls"

Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, co-founders of Timbuktu Labs

Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, co-founders of Timbuktu Labs

“Every girl deserves to grow up thinking she can be anything she wants.”

That was the idea that drove Timbuktu Labs founders Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo to dream up Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a children’s book of one hundred stories about great women in history collected to empower and inspire young girls.

After eight months of planning, the duo launched a Kickstarter project for the book in April 2016, setting a funding goal of $40,000. They wound up raising nearly $700,000 from over 13,000 people around the world. To date, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into thirty different languages — and Timbuktu Labs has grown from two people working at a kitchen table to a team of ten.

Favilli and Cavallo recently returned to Kickstarter to publish a second book, which is now the most-funded Publishing project on Kickstarter. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 will feature one hundred new stories about extraordinary women past and present. Timbuktu Labs is also producing a scripted podcast that will offer a deeper look into the lives of the books’ heroines. 

Beyond publishing thoughtful, beautifully designed content, Favilli and Cavallo's goal with Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 remains the same as when the project began: to create “a world where gender will not define how big you can dream or how far you will go.