Author/Illustrator: Fiona Robinson
Publisher: Abrahms, 2016
Themes: Ada Lovelace, women mathematicians, computer algorithms
Summary: (from the publisher)Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.
Opening: Once there was a girl named Ada who dreamed of making a steam-powered flying horse.
Why I like this book: It’s inspiring to young girls AND beautiful!! I had the great joy of sharing this the day it arrived with my FAC buds, and to see my creative computer geek friends gush over it! Knowing how much effort was put into this from Fiona herself makes it all the more special to me. Bravo, Fiona!
Resources/Activities: great read for a discussion on applied math, inventors, or female role models; try your hand at paper-cutting – intructables instructions for beginners HERE; check out SCRATCH: computer programming for kids HERE
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.