Serena Williams to Release First Children’s Book in September 2022


First Serena Williams gave her daughter’s doll Qai Qai her own Instagram account. Now, she’s getting her own book!

On Thursday, the tennis star announced that she’s releasing her first children’s book, The Adventures of Qai Qai, with Invisible Universe, an entertainment technology company. The kids’ book is illustrated by Yesenia Moises and will be published by Feiwel and Friends on September 27, 2022.

“Storytime is such an important pillar of our bedtime routine, like so many others around the world,” Williams, 40, said in a statement about reading with her 4-year-old daughter Olympia, whom she shares with husband Alexis Ohanian, 38. (See below for art from the book shared exclusively with PEOPLE.)

“Qai Qai is a special member of our family and we hope The Adventures of Qai Qai will give others a new way to welcome Qai Qai into their own home.”

After Williams and Ohanian gave the doll to their young daughter, the two became inseparable. The couple wanted to share Qai Qai’s fun antics with the world by creating her own Instagram account in August 2018, with the help of Invisible Universe, which brought the doll to life.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Sam Gillette