Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?

Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?

Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books | 2018 | Ages 4 and up
Illustrated By: Marjorie Priceman


Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?
The Story of Ada Lovelace

In the early nineteenth century lived Ada Byron, a young girl with a wild and wonderful imagination. Ada was tutored in science and mathematics. As she devoured the fundamentals of math and engineering, she came into her own as a woman of ideas--equal parts mathematician and philosopher. From her whimsical dreams as a gifted child to her sophisticated notes on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, this book celebrates the brilliant woman who imagined computers 100 years before they existed and so is recognized today as the first computer programmer.


★Starred Review from Publishers Weekly!  In a vibrant follow-up to Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? (about Elizabeth Blackwell), Stone explores the life of Ada Lovelace, whose imagination rivaled that of her poet father, Lord Byron, to the chagrin of her mother. Lovelace found a kindred spirit in scientist Charles Babbage, and her imagination and mathematical knowledge helped her recognize that his proposed Analytical Engine “not only had the power to process numbers, but it would be able to create things like pictures and music—just as computers do today!” Working in her familiar style of bright, swooping gouache illustrations, Priceman fills the pages with numbers, letters, and mathematical computations—at one point, Lovelace soars above the city, borne on angel wings of numerals and symbols. She emerges as an independent innovator whose enthusiasms are contagious, and an afterword offers additional fascinating details.

"The story will sweep [young readers] along, illuminated by Priceman’s imaginative gouache-and-ink artwork, full of energy, swirling lines, and whimsy. A colorful picture-book biography of the Englishwoman variously known as Augusta Ada Gordon, Ada Byron, Ada Lovelace, and Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace."--Booklist 

"The art meshes smoothly with the conversational storytelling, capturing the exuberance, elegance, and giftedness of this exceptional woman. This appealing picture book will spark immense pride and prompt readers to do their own investigations into the world of mathematics and computers."--School Library Journal

"Priceman’s warmly curved gouache and ink illustrations creating colorful flights of fancy as pictures, words, and equations dance across the pages. A worthy companion to the author-illustrator team’s earlier Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?"--The Horn Book