KidLit TV is pleased to present the book trailer premiere of Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by April Chu (Creston Books).
“Two hundred years after Ada Byron Lovelace’s birth, she is finally getting the recognition she deserves as the world’s first computer programmer. I’m thrilled to have played a part in spreading the word about this amazing woman.” – Laurie Wallmark
Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron. For most of her life, she developed her creativity through science and math, surrounding herself with numbers and equations. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world’s first computer program in order to demonstrate its abilities. This book captures how much of a mighty girl Ada Lovelace really was, and teaches girls that they can reach for their dreams no matter how big. Through hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
- Booklist Top Ten Books in Science and Health
- Booklist Editor’s Choice: Books for Youth 2015
- National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Book
- California Reading Association Eureka Gold Medal Winner
- Cook Prize Finalist
- 2016 Amelia Bloomer List
- Assoc. of Childrens Librarians of Northern California Outstanding Book
- Junior Library Guild Selection
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Written by Laurie Hallmark with illustrations by April Chu
Published by Creston Books
A century before the first digital computer was invented, Ada Lovelace wrote the world’s first computer program! Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world’s first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.
A NOTE FROM LAURIE
What do you do with degrees in biochemistry and information systems? What’s the next career step after programming, management consulting, and selling books to niche markets? Write children’s books, of course! I write in many different genres, from picture books to middle grade novels, poetry to nonfiction articles. And I love them all. I can’t imagine having to restrict myself to only one genre. I relish the challenge of picture books–telling a complete story in a limited number of words. I connect with the characters in my middle grade novels and immerse myself in their world. I play with rhyme and meter and words in my poetry. And I enjoy interviewing people and doing the research for nonfiction books and articles. When I’m not writing, I make my living by teaching computer science at Raritan Valley Community College. I also teach adult education classes on writing for children. I live in Ringoes NJ with my husband. I have two grown daughters who live in the Boston area.