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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  134 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 coined
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!
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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
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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
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
PEI Public Library Service
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 in ...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 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.
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.
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
Great book for STEAM.
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.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nerdies-2017
Great STEM biography about an amazing woman!
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!
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.
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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.
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
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
Tonja Drecker
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I'd never heard of Grace Hopper before I saw this book, but after reading this, I have to agree that she was truly an Amazing Grace.

Grace Hopper was many things, but her biggest talent landed in the areas of math and computer programming. Not the type of programming which is done today, but Grace had to discover the programming language for herself and was the first to teach computers to 'speak English' (or programmed in more than just 0 and 1). But that wasn't all she did. Never let
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Grace Hopper (née Murray), a girl with a keen mind and a determined attitude, grows up to become the "queen of computer code." The author shares incidents and stories from the scientist's remarkable life that illustrate "Grace being Grace," and with these anecdotes, the author paints an engaging portrait of a unique woman in this bright and informative biography.

At age seven, Hopper dismantled several clocks in her house to find out what made them tick. Finishing high sch
"Queen of Computer Code" she became, and "problem solver" she always was. Starting on the inside cover with a poem about Grace, "Software tester. Workplace jester./Order seeker. Well-known speaker." and on into her fun as a young child taking things apart to figure out how they work. Through high school, then on to Vassar and Yale, Grace took on the math and science classes, reveling in her continuing learning. She began teaching, but when World War I started, she realized she could be of greate ...more
Stephanie Bange
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Filled with the same tongue-in-cheek humor that Grace Hopper possessed, this picturebook biography is a tribute to the woman who created the first code so computers could communicate with each other. From the time she was a child, Grace was curious about how things worked. She took apart clocks, constructed a dollhouse out of stone, built an elevator for her dolls. “Grace delighted in learning difficult concepts – the harder the better. While her schoolmates wore frilly dresses and learned to be ...more
Malicia Bragg
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-book
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code written by Laurie Wallmark, is a biography on Grace Hopper that was created to inform young readers on the importance women had in STEM history. It takes the reader on the journey of Graces live as she works to impact computer code in a positive way. The author includes many anecdotes throughout the book, many from her younger years, one including her first encounter with technology, the clock. As well as anecdotes from her later years, like the day she creat ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This picture book offers a friendly and approachable look at the life of Grace Hopper, one of the most important and influential computer geniuses of history. Even as a child Grace spent her time figuring out how things worked and designing devices. She attended Vassar College where she studied math and physics and also found adventures like going up in a plane. She attended graduate school in Yale, one of two women in her class. When World War II came, Grace wanted to help and tried to join the ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-6-biography
Grace Hopper is a computer pioneer readers would enjoy knowing personally. As a curious young child, she had a strong desire to find out how things worked. When a spring fell out of her clock she tried to fix it, and couldn't succeed. After dismanteling seven clocks, she figured out how. Her relentless fascination for math and science eventually led her into the field of computers, where she wrote computer programming for one of the first computers ever built. Told with zest and bold doublesprea ...more
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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