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! 

★ 12/18/2017
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.