Reach for new heights with Vice President Kamala Harris. Organize voter registration with Stacey Abrams. Spread messages of kindness with Lady Gaga. And captain a team of Olympic gymnasts with Aly Raisman.

This collection of 25 stories includes the most beloved stories of leadership from the first three volumes of the New York Times best-selling series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. And also features 11 brand new tales of women’s activism, bravery, and vision.

Rebel Girls Lead celebrates the leadership of women from Michelle Obama to Malala Yousafzai. It is illustrated by female artists from around the world.


My Thoughts: An inspiring read geared toward girls, but even boys would benefit from the stories presented here. Each Rebel Girl is given a two-page spread. On one side is a detailed background with their birth date. Opposite is an accompanying illustration and quote. The artists are also extraordinary females from all over the world.

I was struck by how many of their careers or causes were sparked by an event that happened in their middle grade years.

*Sonia Sotomayor loved to watch Perry Mason TV shows growing up. It planted the idea to become a lawyer. Despite obstacles thrown in her path she achieved her goal and eventually became a Supreme Court Justice.

*Pat Summitt played hard as a child, always shooting baskets in the hayloft of her family’s dairy farm. Her skills led to becoming a head coach at age 21.

“Michelle Obama’s mother told her “If it can be done, you can do it.” She followed that advice and today she is known as First Lady, a lawyer, and author.

*Kamala Harris ventured out on the streets of Oakland, California in her youth and decided she wanted to help others in times of trouble. Our new vice president has done exactly that in her career.

Each of the 25 stories prove that believing in yourself goes a long way toward achieving life’s goals. Although the stories are short, they will certainly motivate readers to research more. What brings the book full circle are exercises in the back pages. There is a set of questions that ask WHAT KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU? A LEADERSHIP TRAINING section follows to steer you in the right path.

Overall, a terrific addition to the Rebel Girls series. Order your copy here and be sure to check out more great titles on their web site.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    This sounds amazing and I’m going to enjoy reading about some of my favorite historical figures.

  2. What a great title! This book hits a sweet spot for me. I love reading and sharing books about young girls who dream big as young people. Adding it to my list to send to a school in Africa.

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m so glad to see books such as this one. Children need good role models, and it’s always good to see women breaking barriers in traditionally male-dominated industries. I highly recommend Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming, for older readers.

  4. I love all the books empowering young women that are coming out. It’s about time! Thanks for telling me about this one. I will check it out.

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