Sisters: Venus & Serena Williams
How diverse is your home library?
We always hear “You can’t be what you don’t see.” And I would wager you can’t foster broad minded children without showcasing a variety of characters (fiction or nonfiction) that look, act, and from-the-outset seem different from them. That’s when we can start engaging young minds to expand their life views. It opens the doors to crucial conversations, well beyond the picture book years.
Growing up in a fairly homogeneous community, I didn’t regularly see and interact with people of color until I was in my mid 20s. Which still startles me. We have to expose children to the complexities of the human race. Books can do that. Books can coax discussions that will break down barriers and (hopefully) raise a kinder generation.
Sisters is the tale of Venus and Serena Williams, the youngest of five sisters, that grew up in Compton, California. Though they didn’t play at fancy country clubs, they had parents that encouraged them and took them to practice tennis every day. The two sisters, as you know, went on to become tennis champions at a young age, breaking records and showing young people the world over to continue to pursue their dreams.
This engaging nonfiction book is a wonderful addition to any home library; my daughter requests it be read aloud regularly.