Flying High | The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles

Flying High is a captivating and empowering story on how determination and hard work truly pays off!” – Momma Braga


A lyrical picture book biography of Simone Biles, gymnastics champion and Olympic superstar.

Before she was a record-breaking gymnast competing on the world stage, Simone Biles spent time in foster care as a young child. Nimble and boundlessly energetic, she cherished every playground and each new backyard.

When she was six years old, Simone’s family took shape in a different way. Her grandparents Ron and Nellie Biles adopted Simone and her sister Adria. Ron and Nellie became their parents. Simone was also introduced to gymnastics that same year, launching a lifelong passion fueled by remarkable talent, sacrifice, and the undying support of her family.

From her athletic early childhood to the height of her success as an Olympic champion, Flying High is the story of the world’s greatest gymnast from author Michelle Meadows and illustrator Ebony Glenn.


Flying High is a great children’s book to empower children to believe in themselves and know that with hard work you can accomplish your dreams.

We loved learning about Simone Biles and reading her amazing journey. There is a great bonus in the back of the book where you get more details on Simone and some fast facts. We love this added touch!

“I loved learning about Simone and I love gymnastics too. She worked hard and she made her dreams come true. That is my favorite part!” – Nikki, Age 6

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 gold medals out of 5! The story is inspiring and the illustrations are captivating to young readers. A beautifully captured true story of an amazing woman, Simone Bile and a must read.

This book is recommended for children ages four to eight. If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the Author

Michelle Meadows is the author of Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins; Hibernation Station; Piggies in Pajamas; and Super Bugs. She lives in Delaware and loves to write at the beach.

About the Illustrator

Ebony Glenn is the illustrator of many award-winning books for young readers, including Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins; Mommy’s Khimar; and Not Quite Snow White. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own and we do not make commission off of book sales.

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