Sweet Dreams, Sarah

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Sarah E. Goode was one of the first African-American women to get a US patent. Working in her furniture store, she recognized a need for a multi-use bed and through hard work, ingenuity, and determination, invented her unique cupboard bed. She built more than a piece of furniture. She built a life far away from slavery, a life where her sweet dreams could come true.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning, STEM, STEM: Engineering
Copyright 2019
Publisher Creston Books
Imprint Creston Books
Language English
Number of Pages 36
Publication Date 2019-04-02
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007050, JNF061010, JNF018010
Dewey 684.1/5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10 x 10
Lexile 560
ATOS Reading Level 3.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 501419
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Vivian Kirkfield

Vivian Kirkfield has a master's degree in Early Childhood Education and taught kindergarten in New York City. Sweet Dreams, Sarah is her first picture book. For more information about her, go to viviankirkfield.com

Illustrator: Chris Ewald

Chris Ewald studied art at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He works on digital games and animation which is showcased on his website, chrisewald.carbonmade.com. He lives in Chesapeake, Virginia.


  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books, Winner, 2020
  • Eureka! Children's Book Award Honor, Runner-up, 2019
  • 2018 Amelia Bloomer Project List, Winner, 2018


Publishers Weekly

“After designing and building a successful prototype—a bed that folds into a cabinet—Goode faces another hurdle: seeking a patent approval as a woman of color, a feat she achieves.”—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“A great addition to biography and history collections, this title offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a little-known trailblazer.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Sarah Goode: a name well worth knowing and celebrating.”—Kirkus Reviews