A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day: “Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer” by Fiona Robinson. This stunning new picture book introduces children to a little known but groundbreaking figure -- the world's first computer programmer, Ada Bryon Lovelace! The daughter of the poet Lord Byron and mathematician Anna Isabella Milbanke, Ada inherited genius from both of her illustrious parents. After her parents separated when she was young, and her mother was determined to teach her the value of logic and order, particularly given Ada’s obvious mathematical gifts. Ada, however, who as a child wanted to invent a flying mechanical horse, among other creations, saw that math and art could coexist, and considered mathematics “poetical science.” And after she became to help Charles Babbage with his Analytical Engine -- the precursor to the modern computer -- Ada Lovelace’s artful mathematics helped her invent the world's first computer program!
After many years, Ada Lovelace has finally come back into the public eye, and this detailed picture book biography is an excellent way to share her story with young readers! Robinson captures how Lovelace’s imagination used scientific concepts of her day to extrapolate ideas like steam-powered flying machines, as well as her belief that science and poetry could be one and the same. Intricate cut paper illustrations create a stylized three-dimensional world for Ada and her remarkable ideas. Highly recommended for ages 6 to 9.
For adult readers who would like to learn more about Ada Lovelace and her contributions to computing, check out the captivating biography, "Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age," at http://amzn.to/1OUp0Bz