Now out: The Ashe Brothers

In 1968, Arthur Ashe made history and tennis entered a new era. This title for children opens with this wonderful event. The story then goes on to tell about Arthur and his brother Johnnie’s childhoods in a segregated South. How did they get from one place to the next? Kids should read this title to find out.

The tennis is, of course, the thing but I found the relationship between the two brothers to be quite touching. Find out what Johnnie did for Arthur-what love.

This illustrated title is recommended for home and school libraries, and for fans of tennis and biographies, along with those with an interest in segregation and its impact..

Many thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Editions for this title. All opinions are my own.

Arthur Johnnie Ashe Tennis sports African-American athletes Black Vietnam War Civil Rights Movement
Arthur Johnnie Ashe Tennis sports African-American athletes Black Vietnam War Civil Rights Movement

The Ashe Brothers: How Arthur and Johnnie Changed Tennis Forever

  • Arthur Ashe won three Grand Slam singles titles, was the first Black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team, and was the only Black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open, yet there are few picture books about him on the market.
  • Explores Arthur’s accomplishments from a new, untapped angle — a layered sibling story, full of love, sibling rivalry, and unconditional support. (Arthur quite literally could not have achieved all he did without his little brother, and yet very few people know this story.)
  • Tennis is growing in popularity; USTA announced in Dec. 2020 that racquet sales and participation have shown that the tennis industry has shown strength amid the pandemic. Racquet sales among first-time players jumped 38% from 2019, and participation was up 50%.
  • Tennis tends to be a wealthy, privileged sport; Arthur’s story proves it can be accessible for all kids and players.
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