Goodnight Server Room (Board Book)



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Goodnight Server Room is a children's book about computers and data written for kids ages one to five. Printing is in progress and shipping is expected October to December of 2017.

I am a software engineer. I'm also a father who loves reading to his kids. They have piles and piles of books about trucks, animals, and trains - lots of fun and interesting topics and stories about hard working people, but nothing about what their dad does all day.

I searched for kids books about my computers and came up empty handed, so I wrote this book. Goodnight Server Room is a lighthearted exploration of computer terms, written to be pleasant to read the hundredth time as it is the first time.

Goodnight Server Room is written in verse in the tradition of the great children's books that came before it, notably Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Construction Site. Following in their style, Goodnight Server Room meanders through a whirring world of computers, pausing on each page to introduce a new word or concept.

Data are a running theme in Goodnight Server Room. After all, computers are really just engines for data.

Goodnight Server Room presents data in a non-technical light, illustrating two key concepts:
- Data (bits/bytes/packets/etc) are composable. Packets are made of bytes, bytes are made of bits.
- Data are the most important things in computers. They carry the messages, store the pictures, and tell the computer what to do.

I recruited Emily Krueger to illustrate this project. Her background is in art and her focus is in organics - trees, animals, moss - the soft, approachable things of the world. If I'd set out to illustrate this book myself, it would have ended up looking like a textbook for two year olds.

Together Emily and I took the rigid world of computers and softened the lines. We let data be silly and fun. This is not a study guide. This is a playful romp through a server that will introduce some new words and give moms and dads a good chuckle.

Server room where data zoom

Your admin team will be back soon

Keep working hard to send each byte

Keep blinking bright, all through the night



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25 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

Love this. I literally laughed out loud while reading it - very cute and clever. It's all accurate as far as I can tell, and I even learned a few things :) The art is fantastic. Shipped super fast. I'm hoping the author and artist will make a whole series of tech nerd kids' books!

Becky Gilbert Aug 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

It shipped earlier than the expected delivery date that I got on the original tracking number. Just I. Time for Christmas!! The book is very well written and the art is amazing. There aren’t very many books that help get children into the world of technology in an easy to understand way and it’s becoming more and more important that they know it. This book is going to be something that I use with all my kids. I bought two just to be able to give one away. Love it!

Anthony Young Dec 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I could not be happier with this book. It's simply wonderful! The story is great and the pictures are perfection. I bought this for my daughter as well as a gift for a coworker. Both my husband and I work in IT and appreciate books geared towards our kids. My husband was so excited about it he brought it to work to show everyone at his company. I heard that the director of HR went online to buy five more copies to have on hand for when their employees have kids! Also, super fast shipping. Love to support local Minnesota entrepreneurs. Hope there's a sequel!

Courtney86 Feb 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Such a unique idea for a children's book! My son loves the illustrations. Arrived quickly! Thank you!

Katie Bolt Jul 21, 2020

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