Anna Doherty’s book, The Fantastically Feminist (and Totally True) Story of the Mathematician Extraordinaire Ada Lovelace, introduces children to this historical genius who is considered the world’s first computer programmer – before computers even existed!
Growing up in the shadow of her eccentric superstar father, the poet Lord Byron, and under the eye of her strict mother, Ada spends her time inventing and designing flying machines and studying her favourite subject – maths. In Ada’s time, girls aren’t encouraged to pursue maths, physics or engineering as they’re considered not clever enough, but Ada doesn’t let this stop her. Once she grows up, Ada meets the famous inventor and engineer Charles Babbage, who introduces her to a truly extraordinary machine… One that will test Ada’s powers of logic and imagination, and establish her as the world’s very first computer programmer!
You can win a copy of this fun, fascinating and brilliantly illustrated book for children age 5+ by entering the Book Trust competition. Good luck!