Children’s Book Review: How To Win Wimbledon In Pajamas
A Mental Toughness Book
As a mom, I am always trying to find ways to help my kids become better people for society and of course, for themselves. One of the characteristics that are very important to me is mental toughness. The question I am always asking myself is how I can show my kids how to be tough during stressful situations? I love adding mental health books to our kid’s bookshelf to help me teach this vital skill to my kids. One of those books that I am so happy to have added to my bookshelf is How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas by Mary and Kobe Nhin and illustrated by Milena Salieri. This book is part of a series of books written by a Mother-son duo that focuses on developing a growth mindset. It also focuses on helping kids build self-confidence, instill perseverance, and how to build focus and attention.
In the book How to Win Wimbledon in Pajamas by Mary and Kobe Nhin, a young boy named Will gives five tips on how to win Wimbledon in your pajamas. Will encourages his readers to be carefree, motivated, focused, confident, and last but not least, calm. The tips are delivered in a humorous way that engages children and adults alike. The author also includes a mental toughness growth plan for readers to begin implementing in their life. I think it is also important to note that although this book is written for children in mind, adults can also benefit from the lessons taught in the book!
My children and I also enjoyed the illustrations in this book very much. The pictures are simple yet fun. We especially love all the facial expressions shown in the book as the story is being told. They are both funny and relatable. This book is a must read and a must-have. It definitely belongs on your bookshelf at home!
Why and How to Use it With Your Kids
- Great gift to give a child of any age
- Talking to your kids about valuable lessons of self confidence, perseverance and grit
- Use in a variety of settings including at home and in classrooms
- Creating a Mental Toughness Growth Plan with your kids using the author’s printables found HERE
- Use in conjunctions with the official Mental Toughness Flash Cards that can be found HERE.
Where Can I Find How To Win Wimbledon In Pajamas?
Check Out Other Books In This Series
About the Author, Kobe Nhin & Mary Nhin
Kobe Nhin is inspired to write to help others overcome any negative self-beliefs that may hinder their growth as it did his. He has learned to develop a storm-chasing mindset, always looking for obstacles to overcome. Kobe lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Mary Nhin loves being the guinea pig for all her husband’s kitchen creations. She is a mom of 3 boys, life coach, and author. For 20 years, she has been enriching people’s lives successfully through her companies, Nhinja, Lean CEO, and Grow Grit. She has been awarded the Forty under 40 and Inc 5000
Q and A with Author Mary and Kobe Nhin
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Mary: Well if you ask my mom she’ll say, I’ve been telling stories my whole life. Kobe began writing in the 7th grade when he took a High School English Course.
Q. How did you become involved in the subject or theme of your book?
Mary: When my middle son and co-author of this book, Kobe, went through a rough patch in his young tennis career, we became immersed in all of mental health and mental strength literature. Subsequently, the research led to a journey of writing a children’s book series that would help other young people overcome limiting self-beliefs. Unbeknownst to me, the journey has led to a closer relationship with my teenage son. We share a common thread of empathy and compassion to inspire others to reach beyond the status quo.
Q. What inspires you as a writer?
Mary: I have heard Kobe talk that he is inspired to write to help others, as am I.
Q. Are you working on anything at the present that you would like to share with your readers about?
Mary: Yes! We are working on the 3rd book in the series, How to Win the
Olympic Gold in Pajamas. It will focus on building a mental toughness foundation with an emphasis on process and outcome goals. It will focus on snowboarding, gymnastics, swimming, track and field, and basketball.
Q. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Mary: Our dreams and goals for this book series:
• Encourage a growth mindset: We believe it is important for kids to develop intrinsic motivation and autonomy through the development of long-term goals. Setting our sights on performance goals, rather than outcome goals provide a basis for grit and perseverance. We hope these books give children a love for battling new challenges and that they grow up eager to explore what this big, beautiful world has
• Cultivate kids’ self-confidence: We believe it is important for kids to learn
how to practice positive self-talk. The more they understand that even mistakes and failures teach us, the more they can focus on celebrating their journey, mistakes and all. Our books will teach kids to be courageous enough to take risks and trust that the
dots will someday connect. We want to teach kids how it feels to be scared and
brave all at once, and how to move past fear and learn to jump.
• Increase kids’ focus and attention: We all get side-tracked and that’s why it’s important to have rituals to reset oneself. Our hope is that these stories will help
kids get back on track and focus on the task at hand. Life itself is overwhelming. We want to help kids see that everyone faces hurdles and that we can stay focused with habits and mantras.
• Develop perseverance and grit: Setbacks and failures teach us how to be graceful in situations that are not ideal. The books aim to encourage a hard work
ethic and resilience.
Q. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Mary: We love hearing from readers, young and old. It fuels Kobe to read reviews and I’ve seen him get right back into his journal writing fired up after reading a review left from one of our readers.
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*This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Kobe Nhin and Mary Nhin in exchange for an honest review.
2 comments on “Children’s Book Review: How To Win Wimbledon In Pajamas”
Those are such cute books. I love how they inspire kids! I have never heard of these books before but they would make great gifts for kids who are sports enthusiasts.
This sounds like a great book. Teaching about stressful situations can be tricky, so having a book help guide the way is a great idea. And I love the little Q&A with the author!