Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review| Sweet Dreams Sarah by Vivian Kirkfield

Sweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to InventorSweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to Inventor by Vivian Kirkfield

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to author Vivian Kirkfield for providing me with a digital review copy to read and enjoy on Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/25/19).

Sarah was a builder. An innovator who dreamed big and put in the work necessary to bring those dreams to life. By planning and saving, she opened her own furniture store. Understanding the needs of her customers who lived in homes with limited room, she created a space-saving cabinet bed that functioned as a desk when closed up. Her invention was pretty incredible and she knew that she better get it patented so her creation would be protected as her own. Nothing that anyone else could claim, reproduce, or sell. The process was a lengthy one, but Sarah persisted until she was granted the patent in 1885. Sarah E. Goode, a Black woman; a 19th-century inventor! Owning property and holding a patent for her own invention!

I am so inspired by Sarah and by all of the other Black women who would follow as U.S. patent holders. I absolutely love learning about hidden figures in history who are now #hiddennomore because of biographical picture books like this one.  I appreciate the research that author Vivian Kirkfield put into this project, unearthing the details of the life and legacy of a phenomenal woman. Her book includes features that are those extra goodies that I love to see in the backmatter of a book like this.  There is an explanation of what a patent is, a timeline of Sarah E. Goode’s life, and a timeline of Black women patent holders. This book is recommended for ages 6-11.

I am so thankful for Multicultural Children’s Book Day for pairing me with Vivan Kirchfield and introducing me to this book that will definitely add to my K-5 library for our students and teachers to enjoy. I think it is a great place for students to begin their research on inventor Sarah E. Goode.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

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Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual @McChildsBookDay Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party ( a prize every 5 minutes!). GO HERE for more details.


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  1. I am excited to read this! You never read about female inventors, let alone POC!! Thank you so much for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and for sharing your great review! Please join us tonight at 9pm EST for our Twitter Party. We will be giving away book bundles every 5 minutes. Use hashtag #ReadYourWorld to find us!


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