Finding activities that your child likes is often a game of hit and miss. But by introducing your child to a variety of activities, there’s a good chance they’ll find many that click.
And while there may be challenges your child will encounter when they find activities they like, including injuries, juggling sports and schoolwork, or missing out on social events, coming up with positive ways to deal with those stumbles can make all the difference in how your child learns to deal with adversity later in life.
In her colourful kids’ book Bibi’s Got Game, Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu shares her own path to success and how she overcame obstacles along the way.
Bibi is like many kids. From the moment she wakes up she has so much to do.
Cartwheels, snuggling her dog Coco, and trying to break world records (did you know that the world record for running backwards for 100 meters is 13.6 seconds?) are all part of Bibi’s pre-school preparation.
After trying multiple activities, Bibi discovers that she loves tennis.
Bibi’s Got Game
Authors: Bianca Andreescu and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Illustrator: Chelsea O’Byrne
Format: Hardcover picture book
Target audience: 4-8 years
Publisher: Tundra Books
Proud as can be, Bibi feels strong and powerful. “Her serve is like lightning, her backhand booms like thunder and her forehand is as fierce as a hurricane.”
But with her busy tennis schedule, Bibi has no time for birthday parties, sleepovers, or play dates. She feels like an outsider at school.
When Bibi injures her ankle, she decides that she’ll never play tennis again.
But Mom comes to the rescue. Teaching Bibi to meditate and focus on the positives in life, the tennis star rallies and uses her physical and mental strength to overcome challenges on and off the court.
Bibi’s Got Game is a wonderful story of the love of sport, the love of family, and the power of meditation and positive thinking to overcome obstacles. And we love that it’s by Andreescu, the highest-ranked Canadian in the history of the Women’s Tennis Association, winning both the U.S. Open and the Canadian Open in 2019, defeating Serena Williams for each title.