Informational & Biography Book Annotation

For my INFO 5420 Literature for Youth Class, we have to read approximately 2 books per week. I have an excuse to read as homework!! HEE HEE! I’m giddy with excitement!

We were told to write a review, but the actual requirements are between 35-50 words, don’t worry about proper sentence structure (aka run-ons are okay), and avoid opinion words. That seems like the very antithesis of a book review. This seems more like a book annotation to me. Well, it is all just semantics I suppose. It is what it is.

This week was one informational and one biography book. So without further adieu…

Informational & Biography

Girls Who Coded: Learn to Code and Change the World

This is what we were instructed to use for planning our review/annotation.

Central CharacterReshma Saujani
Significant othersLucy, Sophia, Maya, Erin, Leila
Challenges/ goalLearn to code
roadblocksStigma that coding is a boy’s thing

Saujani, Reshma. Girls Who Coded: Learn to Code and Change the World. 2017. Viking Books for Young Readers. 176 pp. $14.39. ISBN 978-0425287538.

girls who code

In 2010 Reshma Saujani noticed that in schools there were many boys learning to code, but few girls learning it, so she wrote this book which teaches and illustrates how computers work and coding, from brainstorming, storyboarding, writing the code, testing the code, debugging it, and applying it.

One Biography:

Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden figures: The American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race. 2016. Harper Collins. 265pp. $27.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-236359-6  

Hidden Figures Book Cover

From 1910 to 1969 Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, like many in their day, faced a myriad of challenges relating to race and sex in their struggle to gain respect for their significant abilities in mathematics, and equality in their workplace, NACA/NASA.

Stay tuned next week for Picture Books!


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