Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?

Children - Educational
36 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2017
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Author Biography

Patrice McLaurin is an award winning author, youth motivational speaker and character education consultant. She has been committed to the empowerment and the enhancement of young people, in various capacities, for almost 20 years. Her endeavors have included work both inside of the classroom and in community settings, to include alternative schools and juvenile detention centers.
Her first children’s book, “Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?” was selected by Microsoft as a Book to Inspire STEM and received the 5 Star Rating award from Reader’s Favorite. Her follow up book, “Have You Thanked a Kidventor Today?” is sure to garner even more accolades as it focuses on some of the awesome inventions that children have contributed to the American landscape. The goal of her books is to encourage children to recognize and tap into their own ingenious inclinations.
Patrice McLaurin is a native of Bessemer, AL and a proud graduate of Alabama A&M University. She currently resides in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband and two children.

    Book Review

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?

Ingrid Sawubona

What a lovely book! The information was very interesting! I learned things that I did not even know about! Wonderful illustrations too! Absolutely delightful! Great job!


Great book!!

Bryan Harris

Good book for young inventors
If you want to think big, this is a good book to read. It lets kids think about what they want to be when they grow up, maybe an inventor.


A new treasure for our library!
Great information presented in a fun way! I highly recommend this to all school aged children. I learned something new as I turned each page.


Great Book for Grown-ups Too!!!

Have You Thanked an Inventor is a great book. I bought it as an educational tool for my seven year old son, but in doing so I learned some things I didn't know .

carol Willis

Very enlightening and entertaining


What a treasure!

This children's book is truly masterful! Since we bought it, its become a mainstay on our coffee table and it's not only enjoyed by my children but readers of all ages who stop by for a visit. I absolutely love the way this book is illustrated. The bright and beautiful artwork really makes the characters come alive and capture the imagination - especially the young readers. Lol...and its so much fun to see the jaw-dropping reaction of adults who read it and learn about inventions that have made everyday life easier for everyone - inventions which they never knew were made by African-Americans! What a treasure this book is.


A worthwhile buy!!!

My Daughter is mesmerized by this book! She loves leaning about how several everyday items she uses were invented by African Americans. We ordered an extra copy so she could take it to school to share with the class, and it's one of the teachers favorite books now! Highly recommended to educate your child in a fun stimulating way. The illustration is fantastic as well.


Great work of art!

An absolutely engaging and informative work of art. My 9 year old daughter read this to me on the ride to school and the next day she was sharing it with her teacher to share with her class.

C.Michael Rhoades

Great read... even for an adult child!
Being a big kid and engineering geek at heart, I really enjoyed this easy and entertaining read with very well done illustrations! My wife and I don't have children yet, but this one will be a "set aside" book for our little one(s) of the future. It offers a lesson of daily use perspective while giving a very tasteful lesson in diversity that sometimes can be force fed and uncomfortable. I will give this to a future child that hopefully will began a love of science and learn a lesson without even noticing!
Great job!

Shawn Chapman

I loved it!!! I leaned something new myself.

S Guy

Very educational for children and adults.

J James

Very enlightening and impactful! My daughter found this book to be very fun and enlightening! She was unaware of the impact that African Americans had on our current situation until she read this book. Kudos to the author for desiring to inspire our youth.

Kendell Blackmon

This book is very educational and has very nice illustrations. A book any child or adult can learn from.

Anetra Coleman

A must have! Loved this book! Great illustrations and valuable information. Very kid friendly!