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Philomel Books (2018-05-29)
Children’s picture books


The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams

by Bryant, HowardCooper, Floyd

An inspiring picture book sports biography about two of the greatest female tennis players of all-time, outsiders who just happen to be sisters.

Everyone knows the names Venus & Serena Williams. They've become synonymous with championships, hard work, and with shaking up the tennis world. This picture book, by an award-winning sports journalist, details the sisters' journey from a barely-there tennis court in their hometown, to becoming the #1 ranked women in the sport of tennis.

Howard Bryant is a multi-award-winning author, sports journalist, and radio and television personality with ESPN and NPR. He is the author of the LEGENDS series for young readers; Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston; The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron; and Juicing the Game. The only two-time winner of the prestigious Casey Award for baseball writing, Howard is a senior writer for and ESPN The Magazine, appears frequently on ESPN Radio, and is a regular contributor to NPR's Weekend Edition.

Floyd Cooper always dreamed of becoming an artist, and now has illustrated dozens of books for children. He received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broom wheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land . . . He lives in New Jersey with his family. Follow him on Twitter @floycooper4.

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"Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams" will bring the against-all-odds story of the two sisters from Compton, Calif. and their rise to the top of the sports world to a new audience of young kids. If hearing (and seeing) their story can inspire even a few more youngsters to discover the sport of tennis, it's win-win.

Quote: Tennis.Life

Readers will grasp the significance of Venus and Serena's accomplishments as record-breaking athletes and as individuals who struck down societal barriers to their success.

Review: Publishers Weekly

Author and sports journalist Howard Bryant scores an ace. Can we take a moment to appreciate how very much Floyd Cooper nails the women's likenesses here? It's impressive. He's a master portraitist.

Review: Kirkus

Here is a worthy ode to Venus and Serena Williams, the incredible sister duo who will go down in history as two of the greatest athletes of all time.

Review: Book Riot

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