Who Are Venus & Serena Williams? (book review)

For this week’s installment of What to Read Wednesday, and in conjunction with online pals, I’m reviewing a recent addition to our home library from our favorite modern historians who publish the most compelling, concise, & affordable biographies on the market… 

My Learning Table’s Who Was? What Was? Where Is? Blog Series runs from July to September– and is a terrific resource to aid in summer learning. Each day, a member of our team will publish a post featuring one of these terrific biographies with a corresponding activity to further flesh out the education in your home classroom. Here’s the master list & schedule of books to be covered.

I’m a huge fan of these books– I’ve been reading them since second grade in the 1980’s! True stories and biographies can be a tremendous source of inspiration to young readers… After all, literary heroes need not only be fictional. Here’s who we learned about recently:

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Center Sister received a copy of Who Are Venus & Serena Williams? as a birthday gift in June. From the vast library of the Who Was/Is library I selected the powerhouse sister duo because they are modern-day legends and world-class athletes who represent much more than merely their tennis accomplishments.

Venus & Serena are pillars of unapologetic female strength, undisputed champions whose names are synonymous with teamwork and triumph. As a mom of two “best friend sisters” I especially appreciate that the pair perform at their peak when either partnered together in a couples game or facing off as rival opponents. Clearly, they bring out the best in each other– what exemplary role models!

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For me, it’s not merely about sports… I’m fixin’ to raise up strong, ambitious women who set goals for themselves and then work diligently to achieve them. I aim to empower my daughters, so they know that the sky’s the limit, no matter what naysayers might tell them. And I pray they always prioritize their love for each other.

Naturally, we took to the court after our inspiring read with renewed vigor for our favorite sport. I love that tennis is a game for all ages and all skill levels; that it’s mostly free to play, with courts in most city parks.

Our girls have been playing tennis since they were tiny, but I learned as an adult. Even if you’ve never picked up a racket, in the spirit of Venus & Serena I would encourage anyone give it a swing.

throwback to when they were tiny



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