From Georgia's first Black Senator Raphael Warnock comes an inspiring picture book about finding your dreams and making your mark in the world.
Before Raphael Warnock became a pastor and the first Black senator from Georgia, he was a little boy whose father told him to get up, get dressed, put on his shoes, and get ready! So that’s what he did, along every step of his journey. From his work boots to his marching band shoes to his shiny lace-ups, Senator Reverend Warnock found the right shoes to fit his feet and to carry him toward his dreams.
This inspirational story, with bold, brilliant art by TeMika Grooms, follows Raphael Warnock’s journey from Savannah, Georgia, to the United States Senate and shows young readers that they, too, can find the power to be themselves and make a difference when they have the shoes that fit their feet.
January 10, 2023
Preschool - 3
Lexile: 860L | Fountas/Pinnell: O
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