Timbuktu raises $218,000 to publish Rebel Girls journal

Timbuktu raises $218,000 to publish Rebel Girls journal

The founders of the Rebel Girls books have raised $218,937 (£166,926) - more than double their original $100,000 target - to publish a new book, a “guided journal that helps girls train their rebel spirit and lead the revolution of our time”.

I Am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions will be published by the Timbuktu company (set up by Rebel Girl founders Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, who split from Penguin Random House after the success of the first Rebel Girls title, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls),

It was created by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, with Martina Paukova, Camilla Rosa, and Kate Prior providing the illustrations. Prior also designed the cover.

Nearly 4,500 backers made pledges from $5 up to $199 (for multiple copies of the journal, tote bags, early access to series two of the Rebel Girls podcast, and more), and they will be sent their journals before Christmas, Timbuktu said.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls became a publishing sensation last year after Favilli and Cavallo raised more than $1m to publish the book via Kickstarter. The book kicked off the trend for non-fiction, feminist books from children’s publishers and was named Blackwell’s book of the year in December.