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The children’s book Ada’s Ideas written and illustrated by Fiona Robinson is about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Ada saw the potential for numbers and algorithms to be put into a machine to make complicated calculations and to make art. She had grand visions that make her a true inspiration to kids today!
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.
This is one book trailer you will really want to watch!
Fiona Robinson is the author/illustrator of Whale Shines and What Animals Really Like, among other picture books. What Animals Really Like received the 2012 Irma Black Award, and Bank Street named it one of the 2012 Best Children’s Books. Her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts.
This book goes into really great detail on the story of Ada and her life and it is written in a way children can understand and enjoy. An especially great book for kids interested in learning more about women in the STEM world. Girls can be strong in the fields of math and computers and this book really shows that! A great biography for kids in the younger elementary grades like K-3.