TeMika Grooms is a writer and illustrator with a passion for creating stories for young readers. She grew up reading comics and books by Shel Silverstein and honed her artistic training in traditional fine art. These creative experiences fuel her current work as she strives to bring animation, diversity, and expressive movement into her character design.
Even though she always had artistic talents, she attended college and practiced civil engineering for many years. She now devotes her time to writing, creating art, and supporting other creatives who want to do the same.
In 2021, she was selected as an Illustration Mentee in the We Need Diverse Books Program and was a member of the first cohort for the Highlights Foundation and The Brown Bookshelf Amplify Black Stories program. Her latest illustrated book Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready! by Senator Raphael G. Warnock will be released by Philomel Books in November 2022.
TeMika enjoys hiking, traveling, cultural dance, and playing in the garden. She lives on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia with her cat and her two daughters, who she affectionately calls, Thing One and Thing Two.
Learn more about her work at www.TeMikaTheArtist.com