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“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper “If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English,” and throughout her life succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly is “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys.


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“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper “If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English,” and throughout her life succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly is “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys.

30 review for Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Bloom

    4.5 stars; the Sibert committee will have fun with this one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kid Lit Reviews

    Grace Hopper was a brilliant woman, mathematician, a Naval Admiral, and the Queen of Coding. Once upon a time computers knew two things: 0 and 1. Plus, to use a computer one had to be a scientist or a mathematician. Grace Hopper thought it would be better if computers could be used by anyone and to do that, computers needed to be able to understand more than 0 and 1; they needed to understand words. Hopper’s creativity and brilliance came from her determined stance against the status quo. When Grace Hopper was a brilliant woman, mathematician, a Naval Admiral, and the Queen of Coding. Once upon a time computers knew two things: 0 and 1. Plus, to use a computer one had to be a scientist or a mathematician. Grace Hopper thought it would be better if computers could be used by anyone and to do that, computers needed to be able to understand more than 0 and 1; they needed to understand words. Hopper’s creativity and brilliance came from her determined stance against the status quo. When one says, “We’ve always done it this way,” they halt creativity, ingenuity, and problem-solving. Hopper fought against it, keeping two items to remind her to think “out of the box:” a Jolly Roger flag and a clock that ran backward. Little nuggets like these are like gold and Grace Hopper: Queen of Coding is made of gold. Hopper used to say, “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it because it’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” Teachers will find Grace Hopper: Queen of Coding inspiring. Not only did she learn to overcome failures and disappointments, she learned how to forge a new path in computer science and for women interested in any STEM field. Originally reviewed on Kid Lit Reviews. To read the complete review and see illustrations, go to: http://bit.ly/GraceHopper-QueenComput...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    The more pages I turned, the more I loved this book. At first I was worried it was another attempt to make a biography for children that would be too long and too dry to hold the attention of young children. And for preschoolers it might be too long. However, for children 5 and up, this is a wonderful book. The illustrations are engaging and have little quotes from the character that are more than just repeats of the text-but they work with the illustrations so they are not distracting. The text The more pages I turned, the more I loved this book. At first I was worried it was another attempt to make a biography for children that would be too long and too dry to hold the attention of young children. And for preschoolers it might be too long. However, for children 5 and up, this is a wonderful book. The illustrations are engaging and have little quotes from the character that are more than just repeats of the text-but they work with the illustrations so they are not distracting. The text itself would be easy for children to understand, and enjoy especially kiddos who want to learn, like nonfiction, or want a true story. I would not use this as a read-a-loud for a young group, unless you skipped some pages and essentially shortened the story. That being said I think it would be a wonderful read aloud in an elementary school, or even middle school, or as a bedtime story to a small group who are able to sit though a book with a little more than the usual number of pages. This would be a great introduction to biographies, and nonfiction.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Anze

    Grace Hopper was curious. She wanted to know how things worked. This passion for knowledge followed her from school to college and then to the Navy. Grace slowly but surely left her mark, becoming a pioneer in computer programming and an inspiration for us all. Prior to reading this book, I had never before heard the name of Grace Hopper. Now that I know it, I will certainly not forget it any time soon. She was such an amazing and accomplished woman and someone that that is worthy of our respect Grace Hopper was curious. She wanted to know how things worked. This passion for knowledge followed her from school to college and then to the Navy. Grace slowly but surely left her mark, becoming a pioneer in computer programming and an inspiration for us all. Prior to reading this book, I had never before heard the name of Grace Hopper. Now that I know it, I will certainly not forget it any time soon. She was such an amazing and accomplished woman and someone that that is worthy of our respect and admiration. This book is an abridged biograhy for children but also a great introduction to her for those unfamiliar with her life. I love the colors and illustrations and its easy flowing prose. Wallmart highlights Hopper's achievements without underscoring the the fight she put to get them. I love this book and look forward to reading a more comprehensive biography of her life soon. Grace Hopper is one impressive lady. She was a computer scientist and a United States Navy rear Admiral. She graduted from Yale with a Ph. D in Mathematics. A pioneer in computer programming, Grace Hopper is largely responsible for making the use of computers accessible to everyone. When the computer was first introduced, you had to be a be computer scientist or a mathematician in order to know how to use it. Hopper changed the 0 and 1 code for English words, thus making programming simpler. In 2016, President Obama posthumously awarded Grace Hopper the Presidential Medal of Freedom (which only adds to the long list of other awards she had already garnered). I am so happy to have read this book. Consider my curiosity piqued. Fun fact: Grace Hopper coined the term "computer bug".

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Amazing biography, and I loved hearing the origin of a computer bug.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Oona

    Detailed illustrations, accessible text, and fantastic for teaching grit and growth mindset. The illustrations, combined with visually appealing "quotables," make this one a picture book to linger on and re-read. I love how the timeline in the back is color coded to differentiate between world events and the events in Hopper's life, and the bibliography and additional reading will help to populate the read-next list. One other detail (or should I say lack thereof) which I admire is that while Detailed illustrations, accessible text, and fantastic for teaching grit and growth mindset. The illustrations, combined with visually appealing "quotables," make this one a picture book to linger on and re-read. I love how the timeline in the back is color coded to differentiate between world events and the events in Hopper's life, and the bibliography and additional reading will help to populate the read-next list. One other detail (or should I say lack thereof) which I admire is that while Grace's wedding to Vincent Hopper is on the timeline, it is not a detail that's relevant to the story, per se. You could use this text as a mentor text to show how to make research come alive for students.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This book made my almost-seven-year-old declare that Grace Hopper is his new favorite person. Can't argue with that: five stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    PEI Public Library Service

    Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark is one of those great children’s non-fiction titles that has the right balance of information, engaging illustration, and humour. This inspirational book for kids tells the story of one of the most influential minds in computer science. Grace Hopper was a woman whose passion for science and math led her to revolutionize computer coding as we know it today. As a child Grace’s curious mind led her to tinker with any and all gadgets she was Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark is one of those great children’s non-fiction titles that has the right balance of information, engaging illustration, and humour. This inspirational book for kids tells the story of one of the most influential minds in computer science. Grace Hopper was a woman whose passion for science and math led her to revolutionize computer coding as we know it today. As a child Grace’s curious mind led her to tinker with any and all gadgets she was interested in. She would take apart watches, clocks and radios to understand how they worked. She even built an elevator for her dollhouse! Grace excelled in many subjects in school (except Latin), and was determined to go to school for those subjects; not for the traditional subjects women typically took like “Husbands and Wives.” Once again showing her leadership, she was the only woman in her graduate class at Yale University. Grace went on to continue ignoring gender “norms” and pushed the limits to ensure she followed her passion and her interests. She had an astounding career in the Navy, writing code for one of the first computers ever built! Despite being forced to retire at the age of 60, within months the Navy asked her to return to work, and she continued until she was 80! Groce Hopper: Queen of Computer Code is a testament to individuals following their passions, fighting to pursue their dreams, and changing the world when the world doesn’t want to change. It is a wonderful example of overcoming failure, standing up for yourself, and not being afraid to be unique! The text by Laurie Wallmark paints a picture of Grace Hopper’s life and personality, without weighing the story down with too much information. The illustrations by Katy Wu perfectly compliment the story and will delight readers of all ages! Borrow a copy: http://bit.ly/2kFXRdk

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    Laurie Wallmark’s Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code portrays legendary computer programmer Grace Hopper as fun and feisty. More than anything, Wallmark’s picture book biography is an appealing story that will engage many young readers, not just the technology fans. The computer science and engineering are accessible and presented as challenges which “Amazing Grace” gladly tackles. The narrative has a friendly voice, and I also like the inspirational Grace Hopper quotes adorning many of the Laurie Wallmark’s Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code portrays legendary computer programmer Grace Hopper as fun and feisty. More than anything, Wallmark’s picture book biography is an appealing story that will engage many young readers, not just the technology fans. The computer science and engineering are accessible and presented as challenges which “Amazing Grace” gladly tackles. The narrative has a friendly voice, and I also like the inspirational Grace Hopper quotes adorning many of the page spreads. Katy Wu’s bright, happy illustrations perfectly match the tone of Wallmark’s words. Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code is a book that readers will remember, re-visit, and talk about with each other.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lev

    I really like this one two. It may be a bit difficult for picture book age, but hey, kids know a lot about computers and coding these days, so what do I know. "Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code" is great though because it reads as a story with interesting bits like the formation of the term "computer bug." Unlike Chelsea Clinton's book, this feels more like a storybook that any child would enjoy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    There were a couple unnecessary put-downs of the 'traditional girl' (e.g. -- "While her schoolmates wore frilly dresses and learned to be young ladies, Grace studied math and science.") and the typeface for the main text wasn't integrated well with the illustrations, but the illustrations are gorgeous and the information presented is substantial without being at too high a reading level.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debrarian

    A nicely-paced picture book biography of groundbreaking computer programmer Grace Hopper (responsible for, among other things, teaching computers to recognize words and naming a computer glitch a "bug" - a great little anecdote that's included in the story). Strengths include: Great front endpapers that both encapsulate and suck you right into the story with a snappy poem of Grace's attributes ("Rule breaker. Chance taker. Troublemaker...") and illustrations that show her growing up. A well-judged A nicely-paced picture book biography of groundbreaking computer programmer Grace Hopper (responsible for, among other things, teaching computers to recognize words and naming a computer glitch a "bug" - a great little anecdote that's included in the story). Strengths include: Great front endpapers that both encapsulate and suck you right into the story with a snappy poem of Grace's attributes ("Rule breaker. Chance taker. Troublemaker...") and illustrations that show her growing up. A well-judged combination of overall biographical information and specific anecdotes. Lively illustrations that illuminate the text. Personal quotes from Grace that give a flavor of her personality, included in the book at places where they don't repeat the text, but reinforce it. A story that makes good on the promises made in the endpaper poem, showing us a smart, adventurous, humorous inventor mathematician who made a way for herself with determination. The repeating gremlin character from her desk. Embedded examples of how to solve problems: eg. looking at them from another angle; doodling to allow the brain to do its work. Useful, readable timeline at the back. Endpapers with more good info, including Selected Bibliography, Additional Reading About Other Women in STEM, and Grace's Many Honors. Great book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    I like the way this book details much of Grace Hopper's life without being too heavy on text; it is still enjoyable as a story. When using with students, I would give them an idea of the time period, rather than waiting until the end to find out. They might also need a little help realizing that Vassar courses such as "Husbands and WIves" and "Motherhood" were tongue in cheek names.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lin Lin

    Challenge-driven, Grace grew up having math and science as her favorite subjects. Exploring the world around her with great curiosity and problem-solving abilities, she created computer codes and she also coined the word "bug" to describe any computer glitches. This is a great book to read with all children, particularly girls, who should be more encouraged to show interests in math and science. "Unconventional thinking was often the key to solving problems."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Great STEM biography about an amazing woman!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Ben is now fascinated by Grace Hopper because of this book. We reviewed binary coding because of this story, and he loved hearing about how the term "bugs" was invented in relation to computer coding. I think this was especially true because his father codes software for a living, so this helped him understand what his dad does better. Great illustrations, use of quotes from her life, and a nice, in depth story that was still appropriate for kids.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suki

    Such a good picture book! Particularly for the slightly older crowd (K is 9yo). We had some nice little conversations with my husband as well while I read it aloud.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tegan

    This was great! I had no idea Grace Hopper was the beginning of so many things involving computers today. Bluestem 2020 nominee.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Fantastic book celebrates the life of this amazing lady. Grace Hopper was intelligent, dedicated, professional, hardworking, and childfree! What an incredible icon for those who aspire to pursue their dreams, and further proof that a woman doesn't have to have kids in order to leave a lasting legacy upon our world.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Fascinating biography about a woman who really should be celebrated in the areas of math, science and technology!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tori Turner

    This book about Grace Hopper was a Biography. I loved this book especially because the illustrations were colorful and playful. Also, the book started off telling about Grace when she was a child, therefore, it gives children a character to relate to, she was not some idol on a bookshelf that no one can understand. It tells about her curiosity and passion to find answers and continue her education. I feel this biography can be a great inspiration to young readers everywhere. In my classroom, I This book about Grace Hopper was a Biography. I loved this book especially because the illustrations were colorful and playful. Also, the book started off telling about Grace when she was a child, therefore, it gives children a character to relate to, she was not some idol on a bookshelf that no one can understand. It tells about her curiosity and passion to find answers and continue her education. I feel this biography can be a great inspiration to young readers everywhere. In my classroom, I would probably read this to 3-4 Graders. There is not a lot of writing but it is a longer picture book. (I think 5th graders might even enjoy it because the illustrations are so cool!) One of the NC English/Language Arts standards is CCR Anchor Standard RL.3 –Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. So for one activity, I would use this book as a read aloud to the class and then have my students create character charts highlighting events that happened, how she reacted, how she changed over the story, how her accomplishments affected technology today, and any other things they thought were important from the story. Another Activity from this book would be to read another Biography with a strong female lead and have students compare and contrast their lives, accomplishments, and then write a reflection on how they developed as characters over the course of the text.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kellee

    Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1... Each time I learn about a new woman in history that made such a tremendous contribution yet is a name I didn’t know, I am flabbergasted by the lack HERstory in HIStory. Grace Hopper is a phenomenal individual! I love how much her story promotes imagination and STEM. Her stories of rebuilding clocks and building a doll house from blueprints with an elevator shows how building a strong mathematical and scientific mind begins Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1... Each time I learn about a new woman in history that made such a tremendous contribution yet is a name I didn’t know, I am flabbergasted by the lack HERstory in HIStory. Grace Hopper is a phenomenal individual! I love how much her story promotes imagination and STEM. Her stories of rebuilding clocks and building a doll house from blueprints with an elevator shows how building a strong mathematical and scientific mind begins from youth, and it is all about teaching kids to mess around, use their imagination, tinker, and learn through trying. Wallmark’s biography of Grace Hopper does a beautiful job of combining a message of rebellion (in the name of science), creativity, imagination, and education with Grace’s biography. In addition to the narrative, Wu’s illustrations and formatting of the novel adds humanity and color to her story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    How do you write a picture book biography about a woman pioneer in a complicated job whose contributions may be hard even for adults to fully understand? Laurie Wallmark has figured that daunting task out wonderfully. What she does is give young readers a real sense of Hopper's personality and the traits that made her excel. Her achievements are stated simply but even if kids are vague on things like coding and programming, they will understand that Hopper made important contributions in the How do you write a picture book biography about a woman pioneer in a complicated job whose contributions may be hard even for adults to fully understand? Laurie Wallmark has figured that daunting task out wonderfully. What she does is give young readers a real sense of Hopper's personality and the traits that made her excel. Her achievements are stated simply but even if kids are vague on things like coding and programming, they will understand that Hopper made important contributions in the computer field. Stories about the first computer bug, Hopper's fondness for practical jokes and taking clocks apart bring her spirit to lively life for kids. Katie Wu's digital illustrations are lively and nicely reflect the breezy tone of the text. A charming and entertaining story about a truly admirable woman. I'm so glad to see this biography of Hopper for kids and equally glad that Wallmark did such a great job of introducing Amazing Grace to a generation of kids. Excellent back matter too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    paula

    This is how you do it. No mention of burning the steak or neglecting her children - in fact we never even learn she was married until the timeline in the back. Instead, we learn about Grace's accomplishments: joining the Navy at age 36, inventing modular coding, developing FLOW-MATIC (the basis for COBOL). And with peppy, punchy art that mimics Grace's crisp but humorous demeanor ("Faithfulness in all things my motto is you see: The world will be a better place when all agree with me.").

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Great book for STEAM.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Fantastic picture biography of legendary scientist, Grace Hopper. Visually stunning.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This is a biography of Grace Hopper, “the woman who revolutionized computer coding.” Born in 1906, Grace spent her childhood tinkering with gadgets, doing experiments, and studying math and science. When she ran into obstacles, such as the need for mastery of Latin to enter college, she just worked harder until she succeeded. She attended Vassar College, where she graduated with honors in math and physics. She went on to Yale, graduating with an MA and then PhD in math. She got a job teaching This is a biography of Grace Hopper, “the woman who revolutionized computer coding.” Born in 1906, Grace spent her childhood tinkering with gadgets, doing experiments, and studying math and science. When she ran into obstacles, such as the need for mastery of Latin to enter college, she just worked harder until she succeeded. She attended Vassar College, where she graduated with honors in math and physics. She went on to Yale, graduating with an MA and then PhD in math. She got a job teaching math at Vassar. Then the war came, and Grace enlisted in the Navy. There she was assigned to write programs for some of the first computers ever built. Famously, in one incident when a computer stopped working, she didn’t give up until she found what was wrong: it was a moth trapped inside and blocking a switch. She wrote in her logbook, “First actual case of [a computer] bug being found.” Ever since then, computer glitches have been called “bugs.” Grace also invented programs to enable people to program without learning computer language. Her program let people use commands like “multiply” and the word would automatically be translated into computer language. This of course made computer work much easier: “With the help of Grace’s program, she and her coworkers were able to write code more quickly and with fewer errors.” The Navy tried to force Grace into retirement when she turned sixty, but “within a few months they realized their mistake and asked her to return for a short, six-month assignment. This short assignment lasted for twenty years.” Grace, having attained the rank of admiral, retired from the Navy at age eighty. She died in 1992 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. At the end of the book, the author includes “Grace’s Timeline,” a selected bibliography, a delineation of Grace’s many honors, and a selection of additional reading about other women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Katy Wu’s bright illustrations employ an appealing cartoon style, and incorporate some of Grace’s own quotes in large font. Evaluation: It’s wonderful to see so many new picture books highlighting the achievements of outstanding women. This one includes the dedication “For my mother, who has always supported me, and for the women who strive to make the future a better place for young girls everywhere.”

  28. 5 out of 5

    Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services

    Title: Grace Hopper, Queen of Computer Code Author: Laurie Wallmark Illustrator: Katy Wu Lexile Level: 730L Pages: 48p This accessible picture book tells the story of Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer science and, as the inside cover of the book says, a “Rule breaker. Chance Taker. Troublemaker. AMAZING GRACE.” Hopper took chances and broke rules all her life. As a seven-year-old, she took apart all the clocks in her family’s home to see how they worked. When she was given a two-story Title: Grace Hopper, Queen of Computer Code Author: Laurie Wallmark Illustrator: Katy Wu Lexile Level: 730L Pages: 48p This accessible picture book tells the story of Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer science and, as the inside cover of the book says, a “Rule breaker. Chance Taker. Troublemaker. AMAZING GRACE.” Hopper took chances and broke rules all her life. As a seven-year-old, she took apart all the clocks in her family’s home to see how they worked. When she was given a two-story doll house without a staircase, she made a doll elevator! Hopper’s determination and tenacity served her well. When failing Latin kept her from graduating high school, she repeated her Latin class, graduated a year late, and then went off to Vassar, where she got a degree in mathematics. After college, she became one of two women in the Yale Graduate School. And when World War II arose, she spent a year talking her way into the Navy, even though, according to Navy rules, she was both too old and too thin to enlist. Among the advances Hopper made in computing are the practice of storing, reusing and recombining bits of code, and writing a program that allowed coders to use words to tell computers what to do, rather than 0s and 1s. We even learn about how Hopper named computer problems “bugs!” This graceful book tells Hopper’s story in simple, straightforward language, with her memorable quotations strewn among the pictures. The illustrations are bright, sprightly, energetic, and a bit whimsical. Backmatter includes a timeline, list of Hopper’s honors, selected bibliography, and reading list about other women in STEM fields. Grace Hopper, Queen of Computer Code is a very enjoyable and interesting read about a computer trailblazer whose intellectual curiosity, confidence, and determination make her a role model for young people -- boys as well as girls! Stars: 5 out of 5 Reviewed By: Mary Donovan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Grace Allyn

    BIOGRAPHY- This is a great WOW book for biography! I knew who Grace Hopper was already, but I learned so much more from this book. The author did a great job of explaining Grace's early life and how she came to have interest in computers. There were nice lessons and themes of perseverance and the benefits of hard work. It didn't always come easy to Grace! I loved how the book even followed her life up until age 80. Rather than just focusing on her success with computers, it portrayed how well BIOGRAPHY- This is a great WOW book for biography! I knew who Grace Hopper was already, but I learned so much more from this book. The author did a great job of explaining Grace's early life and how she came to have interest in computers. There were nice lessons and themes of perseverance and the benefits of hard work. It didn't always come easy to Grace! I loved how the book even followed her life up until age 80. Rather than just focusing on her success with computers, it portrayed how well respected she became after she fought her way into joining the Navy and the hardships she faced along the way. Another awesome aspect of this book were the illustrations! Many included little quotes that encompassed some of her core beliefs and were very inspirational. You could see how she aged throughout the story and her emotions were portrayed perfectly through the illustrations. This book would be great for grades 3-5. While it is a nice storyline for younger kids to hear as well, it was quite lengthy and would lose attention. Even for grades 3-4 I would suggest reading the book across 2-3 days--maybe splitting it up with her stages of life-- to maintain focus amongst the class and focus on a couple big ideas at a time. I would use this book for a social studies unit of agents of change or even as a tie in for the topic of activism. She had to fight to do what she wanted and was not always respected as an older woman in the Navy and in a STEM field. This book is also awesome for magnet schools that focus on technology and computer science (like my field placement right now, Bugg Elementary!). It could be used in a career discovery unit to remind students that STEM is a great option for a field of work and all the fun work you can do with it! This book did a great job of tugging at emotions, connecting me to Grace Hopper herself, and informing readers of fun facts that they might never hear about Grace! I even found out where the saying "computer bug" came from! Read the book yourself to find out!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Baby Bookworm

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Grace Hopper: Queen Of Computer Code, written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu, a wonderfully geeky and girl-powered biography of the programming pioneer. Grace always loved to try new things. As a child, she was so curious to understand how clocks worked that she dismantled every clock in their home to find out. When she put together a dollhouse This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Grace Hopper: Queen Of Computer Code, written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu, a wonderfully geeky and girl-powered biography of the programming pioneer. Grace always loved to try new things. As a child, she was so curious to understand how clocks worked that she dismantled every clock in their home to find out. When she put together a dollhouse and realized that it had been designed without stairs, she built her own electric elevator for it. A lover of math and science, she worked hard to learn how to read and write code, even inventing a way to convert code written in English to the ones and zeroes of the programming language. She was undeniably vital to the early age of computers: when the Navy forced her to retire at sixty, they soon realized that her expertise was so critical that they offered for her to come back… for another twenty years! Grace was a brilliant programmer who changed the way we communicate with computers – more than worthy of her nickname, “Amazing Grace”! Wonderful! Grace Hopper was a name I’ve heard every Women’s History Month, but I admit I knew little about her work, and this book was incredibly enlightening! From lessons on perseverance and curiosity to the absolutely delightful story of how the phrase “computer bug” came to be, each page explores a different aspect of Grace’s life. Real quotes from Hopper are worked into the cheerful and inviting illustrations that capture Grace’s positive attitude and playful nature. The length may be stretching it for the littlest readers, however – even JJ was starting to get antsy near the end. But overall, this is a fun, uplifting and inspiring story of a clever and adventurous woman of science, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved! (Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.) Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

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