Serena Williams is adding novelist to her list of accomplishments. With a book inspired by her, the tennis player is bringing her daughter Olympia’s doll, Qai Qai, to life in a whole new way.
Serena revealed on Thursday that her debut children’s book, The Adventures of Qai Qai, will be published by Invisible Universe, an entertainment technology business. Yesenia Moises will illustrate the children’s book, which will be published by Feiwel and Friends on September 27, 2022.
Qai Qai became an internet celebrity in her own right after she began appearing on the family’s different Instagram profiles with Olympia on a regular basis. The King Richard producer and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, built the doll’s unique Instagram account in August 2018 and animated the doll with the help of Invisible Universe. Serena and Alexis continue to share Olympia’s toy with fans both in-person and on Instagram, and Qai Qai currently has over 3.5 million fans.
“Storytime is such a crucial component of our nightly routine, as it is for so many others throughout the world,” Williams said of reading with her 4-year-old daughter in a statement. “Qai Qai is a treasured member of our family, and we hope that The Adventures of Qai will inspire others to accept Qai Qai into their own homes.”
According to a press release, The Adventures of Qai Qai will bring the character to life in a heartwarming and joyous story in which she teaches a young girl the value of believing in herself, while also embracing timeless themes such as friendship and the power of creativity.
“The Adventures of Qai Qai is both a practical and a wonderful novel! Serena Williams’ message encourages children to feel that they are never alone if they have confidence and inventiveness “Jean Feiwel, senior vice president and publisher of Feiwel and Friends, made the statement.
“Qai Qai, our breakout success, has taught us so much about the value of believing in oneself. Young children all across the world can now learn from her in The Adventures of Qai Qai “According to Tricia Biggio, CEO of Invisible Universe. “Qai Qai and this book demonstrate that indelible IP for the future generation may be created on social media and expanded into other kinds of entertainment.”
Serena took to Instagram with a video of herself to spread the word about the book! “We’ve wanted to relay @RealQaiQai’s story in every manner possible since discovering her potential to bring joy to our own family and millions of people across the world. We are thrilled to announce the publication of Qai Qai’s debut book, ‘The Adventures of Qai Qai,’ a tale about the power of friendship and creativity “She penned something.
Qai Qai also got in on the activity, with the doll’s account posting a video of her reading the book while holding a plush dog toy.
According to the post: “I now have my own book! I hope you’re as excited as @serenawilliams and I are! Use the link in my bio to pre-order your copy of ‘The Adventures of Qai Qai’! You didn’t believe I wasn’t going to share, did you?”