Picture Book Review and Activity: GRACE HOPPER: Queen of Computer Code

Hurray! Another nonfiction picture book hot off the presses for today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! And it is about another Mighty Girl! Woo-hoo!

But first, it’s time to award Tara Lazar’s special giveaway of a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE.

There were over 80 comments on that post…Tara’s critique is a fabulous prize!

And the winner is…

LINDA HOFKE!

Congratulations, Linda! And thank you so very much, Tara, for providing this plum of a prize. I’ll reach out and connect you both.

Speaking of awards, today’s picture book is definitely going to win some! And tomorrow we’ll be chatting with the author, Laurie Wallmark.

 hopper cover

GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE

Written by: Laurie Wallmark

Illustrated by Katy Wu

Publisher: Sterling Books (2017)

Ages: Kindergarten  and up

Themes:

Computers, science & technology, mighty girls

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

“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.

Why I like this book:

  • Wonderful STEM story.
  • Great illustrations.
  • I love the way the author sprinkled in actual quotations from Grace…I felt I really got to know the amazing woman she was.
  • We get to see many of the moments in Grace’s childhood that show how she loved math and science and finding out how things worked.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

MAKE A COMPUTER MODEL

creatifulkids-paper-laptop-HelloRuby-3Photo courtesy: http://www.creatifulkids.com/paper-computer/

You will need: Piece of cardboard, paper, markers or crayons, scissors, glue.

For detailed instructions: http://www.creatifulkids.com/paper-computer/

Watch a documentary about Grace Hopper here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-queen-of-code/

 

And Laurie Wallmark and I will see you tomorrow for her Will Write for Cookies Q&A.

And don’t forget that one of the nicest things you can do for an author is to give them a great review on Amazon or Goodreads: Grace Hopper on Amazon

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on June 2, 2017, in Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. this looks like a most interesting book.i’m looking forward to reading it.

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  2. This one is on my list. Can’t get enough of these wonderful biographies about female trailblazers.

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  3. Thank you, Vivian, for featuring this book. I look forward to reading it and think it will inspire girls around the world. I also look forward to your interview with Laurie.

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  4. What perfect timing for a perfect review! I’ll be seeing Laurie at NJSCBWI 17 this weekend & hoping her books will be for sale in the bookshop there.

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  5. Great book and great post! And I’m so excited that our friend, Linda Hofke won the critique from Tara!

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  6. Can’t wait to see this one! Thanks for the wonderful review.

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  7. What time period did Hopper do all of her work? Was it in the 40s, 60s? I love that these little known stories are being told. Such important books to inspire kids. I remember being inspired by Madame Currie as a child in elementary school.

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  8. Yes! Yes! Yes! I just got this book. It’s terrific! She was an amazing (and self-deprecating) math/computer science whiz. Love this book! It’s great to see Grace finally getting some time in the spotlight.

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  9. I read an article on Grace Hopper many years ago. It was in Highlights for Kids magazine. I thought “what an incredibly intelligent woman”. I’m so glad that she is now the MC of a PB.

    Oh, my! What a surprise that I won the critique. This makes me so happy. Tara is amazing and is the perfect person to offer advice on one of my humorous manuscripts.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

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  10. Looking forward to watching the documentary – thanks, Vivian!

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  11. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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  12. Sue Heavenrich

    I love Grace Hopper! Can’t wait to read this one.

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  13. Love this inspiring story. What a trailblazer for girls. Great video too.

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