Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October. This is not her birthday. That is on 10th December, too close to school holidays and Christmas to celebrate then. Today is a day to celebrate inspirational women in science, technology, maths and engineering, in the hope that by shining a light on such people and increasing their visibility, they can inspire future generations.
There is so much written about Ada's personal life. She has been the subject of novels, plays and now a large number of picture book biographies.This means that a large number of young children get to know about her 'mathematical genius' and she has become quite a mentor for young girls who enjoy STEM subjects.If you are looking to add books to your library for children as young as eight, these are perfect.
• Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
• Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Hallmark & April Chu
• Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley & Jessie Hartland
and look out for these which will be here early in the new year
• Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers by Tanya Lee Stone & Marjorie Priceman
• Ada Lovelace by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Zafouko Yamamoto (part of the Little People Big Dreams series)
And there is a new series of bridging novels just available about an eight year old, third grade student with a knack for maths, science and solving mysteries with technology. Written by Emily Calandrelli, Ada Lace, On the Case is book 1 in the series.