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The legendary Serena Williams can boast 23 Grand Slam singles trophies, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and over 70 career singles titles; clothing and jewelry lines; and a venture capital company — but her Instagram profile simply says, “I’m Olympia’s mom.” Clearly, no matter what hat she’s wearing, whether it’s athlete, mogul, or mom, she’s an icon.
In a heartfelt essay penned for the September issue of Vogue, Williams announced her retirement — or “evolution”, as she prefers to call it — from tennis. “I’ve been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis,” she wrote, adding, “I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to look at this magazine when it comes out, knowing that this is it, the end of a story that started in Compton, California, with a little Black girl who just wanted to play tennis.”
It’s a story so inspirational that you’re going to want to share it with your kids, and now you can: the “Mini Movers and Shakers” book series , designed for ages 3-11, just so happens to have a title called Serena Williams: A Kid’s Book About Mental Strength and Cultivating a Champion Mindset — and it has a nearly perfect rating on Amazon with over 100 reviews.
“Such a wonderful children’s book depicting the journey of one of the greatest athletes of all time!” raves one reviewer. “I love that it shows the hardships and discrimination she had to overcome, and how important love, support and self-affirmation is.” Other reviews say the book “[T]eaches teaches resilience and mental toughness which imperative for children in today’s environment,” and is “A great story for prompting discussions about perseverance and endurance and having a healthy mindset.”
Williams may be retiring — er, evolving — but the story of that evolution is no less than amazing. Snag a copy of this adorable book today and show your kiddos what it means to be Serena strong.