Serena williams is not just a tennis pro, she is now an imaginative author. On September 27, 2022, she will publish her first children’s book based on a doll she created for her 4-year-old daughter, Olympia. The story will follow the escapades of the Qai Qai doll and the infant Baby Girl, who is inspired by Olympia.
Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, decided to design their girl first doll. They wanted to make sure that when Olympia received her first doll, it would be a very special experience. “If only to expose him to something that hopefully can break a cycle that we know exists,” Ohanian told People magazine this year. They explained that creating dolls like Qai Qai can push back the societal structures of racial prejudice and doubt that take hold so early in life.
And once Olympia received Qai Qai, they were inseparable and had all kinds of adventures together. This gave Williams and Ohnanian the idea to create an Instagram page in 2018 for the doll so people can follow.
The doll was created by Williams with help from an entertainment technology company called the Invisible Universe. Eventually, Williams made sure the doll was available to others on Amazon in 2020.
Currently, Qai Qai has over 353,000 followers on Instagram, over 25,000 followers on Twitter and over 3.2 million followers on TikTok. She touched so many people, and the hope is that the book will take it to another level. Williams made sure to press that post on the dedication page and make it even more special for every child who read the book.
“This book is dedicated to all little girls. May this book be a constant reminder that you can do whatever you want. Imagine it, believe it, do it, ”Williams wrote.
The creation of “The Adventures of Qai Qai” will be Carry on this fun space to explore with Qai Qai and her friend. “Story time is such an important pillar of our bedtime routine, like so many others around the world,” Williams recently told People.
“I am thrilled to see all the places she goes and I hope it can inspire children – boys, girls, black, white – around the world to have fun and dream,” added Ohanian. The story will follow Qai Qai and how she helps her best friend, Baby Girl, prepare for her dance recital.
Williams announced the news via Twitter:
“Ever since we realized @RealQaiQai’s ability to spread joy in our own family and also millions of others around the world, we have wanted to tell his story in any way we can. We are very proud to announce Qai Qai’s first book, “The Adventures of Qai Qai,” a story about the power of friendship and imagination. Qai Qai is a special member of our family and we hope that “The Adventures of Qai Qai” will give others a new way to welcome Qai Qai into their homes, ”said Williams.
“The Adventures of Qai Qai” is illustrated by Yesenia Moises and will be published by Feiwel and Friends alongside the company behind Qai Qai doll, Invisible Universe.
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