Black History Bedtime Stories

with picture-book author Patrice McLaurin

Hosted by El Carmelo Elementary School PTA

El Carmelo PTA is delighted to host children’s author Patrice McLaurin for a district-wide virtual author visit on the evening of Wednesday, February 24th. Patrice will read from her wonderful picture book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? At the end of the presentation there will be a 12-book giveaway, with a signed book going to a student participant from each of the 12 PAUSD elementary schools.

About the book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?

Patrice McLaurin’s picture book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a unique journey into the often forgotten contributions of the African-American inventors that have greatly enriched America’s landscape. It chronicles the day of a little boy, demonstrating with each page how the genius of African-American minds is utilized on a daily basis. The book comes complete with brief biographies about each inventor as well as fun activities to promote and encourage reading comprehension.

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Please note that you may be asked for your e-mail address when you join the Zoom webinar. You can put in and it should work or just log in through your child's Rapid ID portal.

Signed copies of Patrice McLaurin’s books, Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?, Have You Thanked a KidVentor Today?, and I Am Because I Choose are available for purchase from Patrice’s website:

Paperback books are available from her site for a special discounted rate of $10 with the coupon code IAMBIC. Shipping rates apply.

About the author, in her own words:

“I’m a mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a daughter, a cousin, a niece, a friend, a poet, an image activist (thank you Michaela Angela Davis), a teacher (by calling, not by trade) and an advocate for children. That’s it, no bells and whistles. I’m just a woman, who loves our babies and works continuously to foster their excellence.”

For queries or further information about the event, please contact El Carmelo PTA event organizers Edrienne Brandon,, and Rosie Mesterhazy,