Elizabeth Warren has published her first children’s book and it’s for the young girls that she used to meet on the campaign trail. The book, Pinky Promises, is all about what girls can do when they are given the chance to try.
Pinky Promises will be published by Godwin Books and the publication date is currently October 12, 2021. All illustrations in the book will be created by Charlene Chua. Some of the money gained from book sales will go towards Massachusetts branches of Girls Inc., a nonprofit that encourages young girls to be strong and bold and help their community.
The book follows a young girl named Polly who wants to make a difference in the world, but keeps getting told by adults that girls don’t do that. One day she meets a woman during a rally who is running for U.S. president and they make a pinky promise. It inspires Polly to run for class president.
Elizabeth Warren said that the book is inspired by the young girls that she would meet while campaigning and the real-life pinky promises that she would make. Warren said that every time she met a young supporter at a rally she would kneel down and say “My name is Elizabeth, and I’m running for President because that’s what girls do,” and then they would make a pinky promise together.
By the end of her campaign trail for Massachusetts Senator back in 2011 and U.S. President back in 2020, Warren would have a line of young girls waiting with their parents to receive their pinky promises. Sometimes, those same young girls would come back as young women and make the same promise again with Warren.
When Warren dropped out of the presidential race, she said that it was hardest on her young supporters.
“When I dropped out of the race for president, one of the things that was hardest was to think about all those little girls that I’d done pinkie promises with. So I had this idea to write a book for them. And that’s what this book is. It’s not a book about running for office. It’s a book about the things little girls and I said to each other about what girls can do. It’s about little girls recognizing how much strength they have,” said Warren.
Before Pinky Promises, the Massachusetts Democrat had never written a children’s book before, but she had read a lot of them. As a mother, aunt, and grandmother, Elizabeth Warren knew a thing or two about reading children’s books, but she still needed to know if her book worked, so she enlisted the help of some of her young supporters.
She read her children’s book to kids and parents over Zoom and used their feedback to make her book better. These young children helped her to figure out what parts of her book needed to be changed and when the story dragged and needed to be more upbeat.
In the end of Pinky Promises, Polly ends up running for Class President and tried to make a difference in her community. Warren said that trying is like winning and while she didn’t make it to the seat of the presidency, knowing that she got into the fight and took a stand for her supporters is the most important thing to her.