Real-Life Legends is an illustrated children’s book about 50 inspiring women in Israel. 
It is a self-initiated project by Tal Maimon, Ella Moscovitz and myself (Hameriza).

We published the book so that the next generations could draw inspiration from real life role models and learn from their examples when they grow up to make their own dreams come true.
Cover illustration by Or Yogev
A celebration of local feminist history, the book offers young readers a diverse range of real-life heroines to relate to - in their own language, and from familiar places. All 50 women were born in or immigrated to Israel, from the late 19th century to present day.

‘Real-life Legends’ came together from a crowdfunding campaign in which over a thousand people supported us, and contributed hundreds of names to be considered to make it into the book. Many factors guided the choice - a significant achievement, a challenging way of life, an interesting personal story, and the desire to create a book with a variety of voices from Israel's society and history. 

The book is a multi-participant collaboration of local creatives. Written by the award-winning author Shoham Smith, the stories are accompanied by illustrations from 50 local artists and edited by Yael Molchadsky; editor in chief of children's and YA literature at ‘Kinneret Zmora Dvir Publishers’. Art direction, design and production was done by us, Hameriza.

Two years in the making, Real-Life Legends was published in April 2019 and became a bestseller within 4 weeks. It has raised great interest from local press and media, and most importantly it stirred a public debate about how important is the exposure to real role models, especially feminine ones, early in childhood.
Lea Nikel by Chen Winner
Rudolphina Menzel by Niv Tishbi
Lea Goldberg by Einat Tsarfati
Karnit Flug by Sagi Arad
Henrietta Szold by Aya Tlashir
Dana International by Noa Snir
Haviva Reik & Hannah Szenes by Or Yogev
Moran Samuel by Alon Braier
From the book launch - some of the women featured in the book and the creators of the project. Photo by Ilanit Turgeman
Motion by Ayala Sharot
Author Shoham Smith
Editor Yael Molchadsky
Creators + Designers Ella Moscovitz, Morin Glimmer and Tal Maimon
Cover Illustration Or Yogev
Illustrators (by appearance) Aya TalshirYonatan PopperMaya Ish ShalomGilad SeliktarNiv TishbiKfir MehatzriMijal LebelAriel WollekYael AlbertSasha ZilbermanEinat TsarfatiOr Yogev, Tzach Weinberg, Noam WeinerChen WinerAmit TraininElena LermanSivan FitermanItai RavehDanielle PelegShahar KoberMiri OrensteinAvi NaimTal KleinMoran YogevYali ZivEla NaimanTom EnglerSagi AradAvital ManorNetta RabinovitchShiraz FumanAmit ShimoniDavid PolonskyAnat Warshavsky, Nadja Kahan, Noa KelnerOvadia BenishuNoa SnirMerav SalomonKeren KatzOfra AmitAssaf BenharrochRon LevinIdo BackNoam MalkaAlon BraierOri ToorShahaf Menapov
Publisher Kinneret Zmora Dvir


An illustrated children’s book about 50 inspiring women in Israel.