Put Your Shoes on & Get Ready!


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$19.99  $18.59
Philomel Books
Publish Date
8.7 X 11.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Raphael G. Warnock was elected the first Black senator from Georgia in 2020. He also serves as the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta. Senator Reverend Warnock went to Morehouse College and Union Theological Seminary and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is the eleventh of twelve siblings, and has two children, Chloe and Caleb. He is the author of A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story. You can find out more about him at warnockforgeorgia.com.

TeMika Grooms is an Atlanta-based artist and art activist who illustrated Save The Crash-test Dummies by Jennifer Swanson and Nana's Favorite Things by Dorothy H. Price. She is the Founder and Program Coordinator for KidsLitATL, a grassroots organization to support a diverse group of creators in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her cat, Nina Simone, and her two daughters, who she affectionately calls Thing One and Thing Two. You can visit her online at www.temikatheartist.com.


Praise for Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready!

"Good-humored inspiration from heel to toe." -Kirkus

"In this anecdotal picture book, Georgia's first Black senator revisits his childhood, offering takeaways that young readers can step into. Grooms's illustrations have the sweep of murals, portraying characters of varying abilities and skin tones, and communicating Warnock's purpose-driven efforts." -Publisher's Weekly

"...relatable to children, in a heartening, uplifting look at a young man from a humble beginning who overcomes and withstands adversity to become the first Black senator from Georgia. A great addition to any children's collection in public and school libraries." -School Library Journal