Put Your Shoes on and Get Ready!
by Raphael G. Warnock
Nov 15, 2022
Ages 4-8 years
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.
Save the Crash-test Dummies
Written by Jennifer Swanson
Illustrated by TeMika Grooms
Published October 1st 2019 by Peachtree Publishing Company
ISBN 1682630226 (ISBN13: 9781682630228)
Jump in the driver’s seat for this entertaining, STEM-filled tour of the history of car production and the science and engineering that makes cars safe.
Cars take us to work. To School. To soccer practice. To the grocery store and home again. Can you imagine a world without them? It’s not so easy!
One of the reasons we can use cars so much in our everyday lives is because they are safe to drive. But that hasn’t always been the case. If it weren’t for the experiments conducted over decades that involved all kinds of crash test volunteers – dead, alive, animal or automated – cars as we know them might not be around. And then how would you get to school?
Filled with fun four-wheeled nuggets of history and explanations of how cars actually work, this nonfiction book from former science educator and award -winning author Jennifer Swanson will appeal to lovers of all things that go and readers who are interested in getting under the hood and seeing how things work. Available in eBook.
Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award Silver Honor – California Reading Association
Best STEM Books – ASEE / ITEEA / NSTA / SEPA / CBC
Parent’s Choice Gold Award – Parents’ Choice Foundation
This jaunt through the history of car safety engineering reveals that we have both human and mechanical crash-test dummies to thank for making driving much safer than it was a century ago, when cars first became ubiquitous.
The now-familiar crash-test dummy has its origins in Sierra Sam, an anthropomorphic test device invented in 1949 to test aircraft ejection seats for the Air Force. In 1968, a new ATD was created to meet car companies’ needs, designed to enable engineers to see how humans move during a crash. Before ATDs, engineers had to use live animals, human cadavers, and live human volunteers in safety tests. The Hybrid III used for the last 30 years is the type of crash-test dummy designed to survive a frontal impact crash. Hybrid III is full of electronics, including “accelerometers, potentiometers, and load cells,” which convey information to engineers that aids them in designing safer cars. In addition to discussing such car safety developments as bumpers, brakes, seat belts, and air bags, Swanson fills her narrative with other fascinating nuggets of automotive history and explanations of how cars work, with helpful accompanying diagrams. She concludes with a look at autonomous cars. Grooms’ illustrations add both touches of humor and visual clarity; they are complemented by archival images.
Attractively designed and engagingly written—sure to appeal to readers with a taste for the scientific and technical. (Nonfiction. 8-12)