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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  871 ratings  ·  187 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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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.
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
This book made my almost-seven-year-old declare that Grace Hopper is his new favorite person. Can't argue with that: five stars.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
Grace Allyn
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 re ...more
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
Ben Truong
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code is a children's picture book written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu. It is a biographical picture book of Grace Hopper who pioneered in computer programming and accomplishments have had lasting influence.

March, at least in my part of the world is Women's History Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month. Therefore, I thought that this book would be apropos for to
Baby Bookworm
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 an
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Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark’s debut picture book, ADA BYRON LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE (Creston Books, 2015), received four starred trade reviews (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal) and many national awards including Outstanding Science Trade Book and Cook Prize Honor Book. Her picture book biography, GRACE HOPPER: QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE (Sterling Chil ...more

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