In December 2020, what started out as an animated concept quickly turned into a real life doll for all children to enjoy, becoming one of Amazon’s top sellers. Fast forward to December 2021, and Serena Williams has taken her animated concept to the next level and has penned a new children’s book about her daughter’s favorite doll, Qai Qai.
“Since realizing @RealQaiQai’s ability to spread joy to our own family and also millions of others around the world, we’ve wanted to tell her story in every way possible. We are so proud to announce Qai Qai’s first book, “The Adventures of Qai Qai,” a story about the power of friendship and imagination. Thank you for your continued support and you can pre-order your copy with the link in my bio!”
“The Adventures of Qai Qai” is illustrated by Yesenia Moises and will be published by Feiwel and Friends, hitting the shelves on September 27, 2022.
“Storytime is such an important pillar of our bedtime routine, like so many others around the world,” the 40-year-old said in a statement about reading with her 4-year-old daughter Olympia.
She continued, “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.”
In “The Adventures of Qai Qai” the popular doll teaches a young girl about “the importance of believing in herself.” The book celebrates friendship and the power of imagination.
“I know one thing four years ago that was really important to us was to make sure that Olympia had a Black baby doll,” Olympia’s father, Alexis Ohanian, previously commented to People in an interview back in September 2021. “And have that be a very important first doll for her, if for no other reason than to just expose her to something that can hopefully break a cycle that we know exists.”
He continued, “Very quickly we started to see this story play out online of people who were just so enamored with this doll and were really excited to hear about the stories and adventures she was going to go on. I think there’s a lot of people who have resonated with this idea of a really mischievous, and fun, and clever, and brave, and strong little girl doll and I’m excited to see all the places she goes and I do hope it can inspire kids – boys, girls, Black, white – all over the world to just have fun and dream.”
Make sure to pre-order your copy today! We have a feeling that this one is going to sell out as soon as it hits the market!