Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu
Age Range: 5 – 8 years | Grade Level: Kindergarten and up | Hardcover: 48 pages | Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (May 16, 2017)
About the Book
“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.”
The inspiring story of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science—is told in an engaging picture book biography.
Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Acclaimed picture book author Laurie Wallmark (Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine) once again tells the riveting story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly was “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys. With a wealth of witty quotes and richly detailed illustrations, this book brings Hopper’s incredible accomplishments to life.
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My Thoughts on Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
This is a picture book biography of Grace Hopper, a woman who worked for the US Navy for almost fifty years. She wrote computer code and created a way for programmers to code in English instead of in 1’s and 0’s. When she needed to think outside the box, she spent time drawing fantastical creatures to get her creative juices flowing. Grace was one of the only women in her classes at Yale, but she didn’t get intimidated. She pushed forward and overcame each obstacle that barred her way.
I had never heard of Grace Hopper before reading this book. What an amazing woman! I love stories like this about women who worked hard and helped mold life as we know it. My nine-year-old daughter read this book before I did and it impacted her. She told me all about Grace and how she was so smart. A few weeks later, my daughter told me she wants to learn how to code. They’re learning a bit at school, but she wants to learn more. I told her she has to learn how to type first, so she got a typing program and she’s been working on it.
I’m so happy to see biographies about women like Grace Hopper. It’s so much easier to inspire my daughters when I can show them proof of other women who have changed the world.
Source: Thank you to Sterling Publishing for sending me a copy of this book.
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