2018 Summer Reading List.


“Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?” is an informational, children’s picture book, that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.  It chronicles the school day of a little boy; highlighting some of the inventions that he uses throughout his day, all of which were invented by Black Inventors!  The book comes complete with brief biographies about each inventor as well as fun activities that encourage and promote reading comprehension!  “Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?” has been selected by Microsoft as a Book That Inspires STEM and has received a 5 Star Rating from Reader’s Favorite!

The author, Patrice McLaurin, has worked with young people in various capacities for well over 15 years.  A native of Bessemer, AL, she currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband and two children.  This is McLaurin’s first children’s book and we’re excited about how well received it has been by educators, parents and students alike!  She’s been featured on numerous media platforms, to include NPR, Georgia’s very own WAOK 1380, as well as countless parental and educational blogs.  Additionally, she’s shared her book with students across the nation through her dynamic author’s visits, incorporating the technology of Skype as a vehicle to visit with students outside of the Greater Atlanta area.

 “Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?” is currently available in countless school and public libraries across the nation as well as a few local brick and mortar bookstores in the states of Georgia and Tennessee.  The book is also available in the following museum gift shops:  Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum of African American History, Apex Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History and the Harvey B. Gantt Center.  Furthermore, the book can be purchased via the online platforms: Amazon.com, B&N.com (Barnes and Noble), Booksamillion.com, Kobo.com, as well as her website, Hytait.com.

If you’re looking for a great read that will inspire your youth to maximize their full potential and encourage them to tap into their innate, innovative genius; pick up a copy, or two, of “Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?” today!






Author : Patrice Mclaurin


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