Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a journey into the often forgotten contributions of African-American inventors, that contributed to the American landscape. It chronicles the school day of a little boy, highlighting different inventions that he uses throughout the day, all of which were invented by African-Americans. The book comes complete with brief biographies about each inventor as well as fun activities to promote and encourage reading comprehension. "Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?" was selected by Microsoft as a book that inspires STEM and also received a 5 Star Rating from Reader's Favorite!
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? by Patrice McLaurin is an exciting, informative and must-have book for children, especially of African-American descent. Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about inventions that we use every day. Children will learn that some things that we may take for granted - from the components in a cell phone, street lights, peanut butter, hair brush, lunch box, guitar, potato chips, and the ironing board to the Super Soaker water gun - were created by African-American men and women. Also African-American inventors may not have invented the following things initially, but they were responsible for improving on the operations of it: refrigerator, mop and lock. Children will not only be engaged in learning about these inventors in Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? but Patrice McLaurin has also provided a few games and exercises to help your child not only to dream, but create a platform for discovering their own invention.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot in our history books about the hundreds, if not thousands, of contributions that minorities and particularly African-Americans have given to this world. I was honored to read such a well designed, concise and power-packed book. I enjoyed how Patrice McLaurin cleverly told the story of the African-American contribution in Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? through a little boy just starting his day. Patrice McLaurin was able to not only provide children with knowledge, but also nuggets of history through the biographies of the inventors. These inventors not only had a dream; they dared to make their dream become a reality. There are so many wonders to be seen throughout the day that were made possible because of an inventor. Ask yourself, without these inventions how would the world be for you?
About the Author
Patrice McLaurin has worked to empower and to enhance the lives of young people for well over 15 years. Her journey began as a volunteer at a local Girls Inc., where she taught a cultural heritage course, designed to promote self-esteem and self-determination. From there, she coordinated and facilitated numerous youth workshops. As a character education coordinator, she traveled to various school systems and implemented character education curriculum; while conjointly working with young women at a girl's detention center. She's also worked with youth at local alternative schools. Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is Patrice's first children's book. Her goal is to demonstrate to children, how the genius of African-American minds is utilized on a daily basis. She also hopes to inspire children to recognize their own genius. Patrice McLaurin is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. She currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband and two children.