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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  966 ratings  ·  205 reviews
“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 coine
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 17th 2017 by Sterling Children's Books (first published May 16th 2017)
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Sam Bloom
4.5 stars; the Sibert committee will have fun with this one!
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May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 o
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Stephanie Anze
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Amazing biography, and I loved hearing the origin of a computer bug.
This book made my almost-seven-year-old declare that Grace Hopper is his new favorite person. Can't argue with that: five stars. ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 Gr ...more
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. ...more
Gary Anderson
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 pa ...more
Victoria Lev
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like this one. 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. ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Women stem biography requests
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Motto: "The world will be a better place when all agree with me."

Computer stopped working - log "First actual case of [a computer] bug being found." - led to computer glitches being called "bugs."

"Unconventional thinking was often the key to solving problems."

Forced to retire at 60, after a few months asked to come back for a short assignment that lasted nearly 20 years. Retired as an Admiral.

Picture book biography of the Queen of Computer Code - Amazing Grace. Also includes a timeline at the en
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This was nice but just didn’t completely work for me. Other than the fact that she was stubborn and creative and a math whiz, I didn’t get a feeling of what she was like. I was fascinated by the clock she created to run backwards and about how computer bugs got their name (a real bug was the problem!) but I still didn’t get the feeling of her accomplishments. Just why was she well known? I think it was the programs she wrote to advance the use of machines by non tech people such as getting the m ...more
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
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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." ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Grace Hopper was a badass, and this picture book biography captures that. She was like, "Hey, let's make things easier for computer languages." "You can't do that. "Why not?" "Because no one ever has." "Oh yeah? Watch me." God, I love women who fight the status quo. ...more
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. ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
This was great! I had no idea Grace Hopper was the beginning of so many things involving computers today. Bluestem 2020 nominee.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Michele Knott
Fascinating biography about a woman who really should be celebrated in the areas of math, science and technology!
Tori Turner
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 w
Kellee Moye
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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
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 com ...more
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.").
Fantastic picture biography of legendary scientist, Grace Hopper. Visually stunning.
Great book for STEAM.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great STEM biography about an amazing woman!
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 mat
Sandy Brehl
Grace Hopper is a woman after my heart.
I knew that before reading this because "Amazing Grace" is a twentieth century wonder woman whose honors had been in the news during my lifetime, unlike some of Wallmark's other WOMEN IN STEM from further back in history.
Grace had me hooked from the first pages when she disassembled household clocks to figure out what goes where and what makes clocks work. Her personality shines through page after page of puzzling, tinkering, doodling, short-cut seeking, j
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Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. Her books have earned multiple starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and received awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book, Best STEM Book, Crystal Kite Award, Cook Prize Honor, and Parents’ Choice Gold Medal. H ...more

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