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by Serena Williams ; illustrated by Yesenia Moises

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-250-83140-8
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

A Black girl finds the inspiration she needs to shine from her beloved doll.

Sports fans who followed champion Williams upon her return to tennis after becoming a mother also became familiar with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and Alexis’ Black baby doll Qai Qai, who has a huge social media presence. Now, the child and her doll take center stage in their own picture-book adventure. Baby Girl loves to dance and move throughout her home with her mother, who is Black, her father, who is White, and, of course, Qai Qai. However, as Baby Girl’s upcoming dance recital approaches, she admits to her doll that she is nervous about getting her dance just right with so many people watching. Qai Qai becomes real and assures her that she will be able to overcome her stage fright and give an outstanding performance. Qai Qai’s confidence helps Baby Girl find the courage to set her fear aside and believe in her ability on the dance stage. Williams’ celebrity and Qai Qai’s following will attract readers to this lively, encouraging tale of self-belief and friendship. Making heavy use of shimmering pink and purple hues, the vivid, fluid digital art effectively brings to life a story infused with magic and movement. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

An upbeat, energetic reminder that all children need support to help them learn to believe in themselves.

(Picture book. 2-5)