The Children’s Book Review | March 3, 2017
Written by Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by Katy Wu
Age Range: 5-7
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (2017)
What to Expect: Computers, Science, Empowered and Inspiring Female Character.
There are enough picture books about princesses around; but what is there to inspire young readers to seek happiness and success in our modern, technological era? Laurie Wallmark and Sterling Children’s Books have provided one answer to this critically vexed question in Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code. This wonderful true-life narrative tells the story of one of the foremost women in computing history and science: Grace Hopper, the woman who revolutionized binary computer code.
The most important feature to point out, of course, is the positive blow this volume provides in terms of supporting gender inclusivity in STEM. By bringing to light the fact that not only are women currently active in the technology industry, but also that they have been instrumental from its inception, volumes such as this one remind readers everywhere that the gender glass ceiling in STEM can and should be removed. Even more engaging about this volume, however, is the narrative format which highlights success as a process and a journey. The volume follows Grace’s progress though her education and interests as a child, her work at college, and her initial profession as a teacher, before detailing her contributions to computing and coding. The message for readers is clear: even if success is not immediately visible on the horizon, you should pursue your strengths and passions, because the only thing which truly has the power to advance or hinder your success is your own dedication and perseverance. A beautiful story, told beautifully.
About Laurie Wallmark
Laurie Wallmark is passionate about getting the word out to young people about successful women in science. She has degrees in Biochemistry from Princeton University, Information Systems from Goddard College, and Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut book was a picture book biography of Ada Byron Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (Creston Books) received four starred reviews (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal), praise in The New York Times, and numerous awards. Laurie lives in NJ. Follow her on Facebook: @lauriewallmark.
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About Katy Wu
With a BFA in Illustration and Entertainment Arts from Pasadena Art Center College of Design in 2007, Katy Wu has worked for Google, Laika, Pixar, CinderBiter, and Simon & Schuster. Grace Hopper is her first picture book; her second, Dumpling Dreams, written by Carrie Clickard (Simon and Schuster), is scheduled for fall 2017. Having worked on such projects as the feature film Coraline, and various shorts (La Luna, Car Toons) as well as CG, 2D, stop motion, online games, and content for social media platforms, Katy is an incredible talent. She lives and freelances in New York City. Follow her online at katycwwu.tumblr.com.
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu, was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Coding Books, Computer Science Books, Katy Wu, Laurie Wallmark, Picture Book, STEM, and Women’s History.
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