Patrice McLaurin is an author and image activist. She enjoys a good game of Scrabble and loves to read an exciting thriller! She considers herself an educator, (by calling, not by trade), and an advocate for children. She has worked to empower and enhance the lives of young people for the past two decades.
Her first children’s book, “Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?” is listed as an Amazon Best Seller in two categories, Children's African American Story Books and Boys and Men. It was also acclaimed by Microsoft as a book that informs and inspires STEM. The book received a 5 Star Award from Reader’s Favorite and has been greatly received by educators, parents and students alike. It chronicles the school day of a little boy, highlighting different inventions he uses throughout his day, all of which were invented by Black People.
Her follow up book, “Have You Thanked a KidVentor Today?” is another great STEM read that highlights some of the wonderful contributions of child inventors. The goal of both books is to encourage children to recognize and tap into their own genius.
Her latest book, I Am Because I Choose is an engaging picture book that encourages children to embrace their most amazing SUPERPOWER which is their power to CHOOSE! Each page demonstrates how children can become whatever it is that they choose to be while highlighting the positive consequences that can result from making good choices. This book is an wonderful social emotional learning tool that can be easily used to help facilitate the core competencies of SEL.
Patrice McLaurin is a native of Bessemer, AL and a proud graduate of Alabama A&M University. She currently resides in Dacula, GA with her husband and two children.
Awards and Recognition
- 5 Star Rating Award - Reader's Favorite
Press and Media Mentions
- Featured in Woman's Day Magazine September/October 2020 Issue
- Had an opportunity to interview with NPR of Georgia Public Broadcasting!
- Author and Image Activist Works to Dismantle Racist Biases Against Black Children One Book at a Time
- Featured on KNWA's Hidden History Segment
- Featured in North Arkansas Democrat Gazette
- Feature in the LaGrange Daily News
- Feature on Patch.com
- Have You Thanked a Kidventor Today was recognized by Story Monster's Ink on their Spring Reading List
- Have You Thanked an Inventor Today was highlighted by Story Monster's Ink as part of their Winter Reading Guide
- Feature in The Chronicle, Winston-Salem's Oldest and Most Respected Community Newspaper
- Featured on Every Little Book Blog
- Author Works to Dismantle Racist Biases Against Black Children