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…
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.
GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE
Written by: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by Katy Wu
Publisher: Sterling Books (2017)
Ages: Kindergarten and up
Computers, science & technology, mighty girls
“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.
MAKE A COMPUTER MODEL
Photo 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
Posted on June 2, 2017, in Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged computers, Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, Katy Wu, Laurie Wallmark, Mighty Girls, STEM, Sterling Books. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.