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Grace Hopper

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Queen of Computer Code
by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu
Sterling 2017
This is a children’s book biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers.

Book Trailers 1

Discussion Questions/Guides
Guide from Laurie Wallmark. A Discussion Guide from Sterling.

Author Information
Laurie Wallmark’s Website. Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. Katy Wu’s Webpage (Tumblr).
Interview with Laurie Wallmark. Another interview. Another interview.

Related Activities & Curriculum Connections
Dress like Grace Hopper for Halloween! Twizzler code necklace featuring Grace Hopper.

Reading Levels
: 730. Accelerated Reader: Level . Reading Counts: Level .

Booklist. KidsReads. Kirkus Reviews*. Publisher’s Weekly. SLJ.
Blogs: . Celebrate Picture Books. The Children’s Book Review. Through the Looking Glass.

Things and Events Mentioned in the Book
Grace Hopper graduated from Vassar College. Grace Hopper served in the Navy. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018. Grace Hopper died in 1992. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Extraordinary Life of the ‘Queen of Code’
: A Grace Hopper Biography by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering, September 9, 2018.
Grace Hopper: The Navy and Computers at Smithsonian
Grace Hopper: 8 Interesting Facts About the Computer Science Pioneer at Grace Hopper Fullstack Academy
Grace Hopper by Tim Slavin, People Magazine, May 2014, viewed at Beanz: The Magazine for Kids, Code, and Computer Science
Science History: The First De-Bugger by Jeff Glorfeld at Cosmos: The Science of Everything, December 10, 2018.
Why Every Programmer Should Know Grace Hopper by Saajid Khan at Noteworthy: The JJournal Blog,, October 21, 2018.
Grace Hopper’s Bug at Atlas Obscura
Grace Hopper: Trailblazer at Engineer Girl, National Academy of Sciences
There Would be no Steve Jobs without Grace Hopper by World Science Festival Staff
Grace Hopper’s Compiler: Computing’s Hidden Hero by Tim Harford at BBC, February 20, 2017
How Grace Hopper’s Clock Can Make Your New Year Better by Jason Thomas at The Big Think, December 25, 2015
Math – Not Computer Science – Was Grace Hopper’s First Language by Kendall Teare at YaleNews, March 26, 2019
Laurie Wallmark is Defying STEM Stereotypes by Rosela Sartaguda in New Jersey Monthly, February 2018

Other Books to About or Including Grace Hopper
Children’s, in order of publication, oldest to newest:
Grace Hopper: Navy Admiral and Computer Pioneer by Charlene W. Billings (Enslow, 1989)*
Grace Hopper: Programming Pioneer by Nancy Whitelaw (Scientific American, 1995)*
Grace Murray Hopper: Working to Create the Future by Carl J. Schneider & Dorothy Schneider (Sofwest Press, 1998)*
Grace Hopper: Computer Pioneer by Joanne Mattern (PowerKids, 2003)
Grace Hopper: Computer Whiz by Patricia J. Murphy (Enslow, 2004)
Grace Murray Hopper by Erin Staley (Rosen, 2015)
Technology: Cool Women Who Code by Andi Diehn (Nomad Press, 2015)
Mathematician and Computer Scientist Grace Hopper by Andrea Pelleschi (Lerner, 2017)
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin 2018)
Grace Hopper: Computer Scientist by Jill C. Wheeler (Abdo, 2018)
Grace Hopper: Computer Scientist and Navy Admiral by Heather Moore Niver (Enslow, 2019)
Grace Hopper: Computer Pioneer by Xina M. Uhl & Chrissty Marx (Rosen, 2020)

Adult books listed in the Bibliography of this book:
Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt W. Beyer (MIT Press, 2009)*
Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea by Kathleen Broom Williams (US Naval Institute Press, 2004)*
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison (Little, brown, 2018)

*Asterisked books are listed in the bibliography of this booik.

Awards & Recognition for the Book
Junior Library Guild Selection 2017. Parents’ Choice Gold Medal 2017. Greenwich Reads Together Children’s Book 2018. New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017. Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Young Readers 2017. Evanston Public Library 101 Great Books for Kids 2017.

Grace Hopper, ‘The Queen Of Code,’ Would Have Hated That Title on NPR All Things Considered, March 7, 2015
The Life Of Coding Pioneer Grace Hopper by Marc Sollinger at WGBH News, December 7, 2017

Videos About Grace Hopper
The Fascinating Story of Grace Hopper at Fascinating Stories
Documentary in Process: Born with Curiosity: The Grace Hopper Story
Google Is Working on a Movie About Grace Hopper at The Mary Sue.

Places to Visit 
Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Additional Reading About Other Women in STEM, listed at the back of this book:
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh, illustsrated by Raul Colon (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cyntia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane, 2013)
Me… Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown, 2011)
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola (Frances Foster, 2012)
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick, 2009)
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (HMH, 2002)
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by April Chu (Cresston, 2015)

Available in These CT Libraries:
Bethany, Canton, Cheshire, Clinton, Columbia, Coventry, Darien, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Groton, Hamden, Lyme, Madison, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, Newtown, Norwalk, Plainville, Pomfret, Rowayton, Sharon, Shelton, Stamford, Stonington, Wallingford, Waterford, Watertown, Westport, Wilton




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