Google It: A History of Google

by Anna Crowley Redding (Author)

Google It: A History of Google
Reading Level: 8th − 9th Grade
In Google It, award-winning investigative reporter Anna Crowley Redding shares an inspiring story of innovation, personal and intellectual bravery, and most importantly, of shooting for the moon in order to change the world. Think. Invent. Organize. Share. Don't be evil. And change the world. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word "google" has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google--from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of "borrowed" hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world's relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next.
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Review quotes

"Investigative journalist Redding does an admirable job of chronicling Larry and Sergey's amazing successes and will inspire young people to follow in their ingenious footsteps. It's more comprehensive than other books for young readers about Google's founders, with energetically written short chapters, interesting facts, graphics, and photos" —Booklist, starred review

"This readable and breezy history of the tech behemoth [is] An appealing and timely look at a universally relevant subject and a good fit for STEAM-related reading lists." —School Library Journal

"This chronological history of the first two decades of Google is attractively packaged to appeal to a teen audience. ... Humorous accounts of Google's unpretentious beginnings as a student project, and its early years as a bare-bones startup in a friend's garage will intrigue teens who dream of growing their own projects into software and devices used by millions." —VOYA

Anna Crowley Redding
ANNA CROWLEY REDDING is the author of such children's books as The Gravity Tree, Rescuing the Declaration of Independence, Google It, and Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World, among others. Her first career was as an Emmy-award winning investigative television reporter, anchor, and journalist. The recipient of multiple Edward R. Murrow awards and recognized by the Associated Press for her reporting, Crowley Redding now focuses her stealthy detective skills on digging up great stories for young readers. Anna's books have been recognized by NSTA as best STEM books. Visit her on the web at

EMILY SUTTON was born in Yorkshire, England, and graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art. She is the illustrator of Grow: Secrets of Our DNA by Nicola Davies, Ernestine's Milky Way by Kerry Madden, The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy, and Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, which won an AAAS award for best picture book. Her work can also be seen on textiles for St. Jude's fabrics, for which she won an Elle Deco award for best surface design. Visit her on the web at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Square Fish
Publication date
June 20, 2021
BISAC categories
YAN006110 - Young Adult Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
YAN013020 - Young Adult Nonfiction | Computers | Internet
YAN055040 - Young Adult Nonfiction | Technology | Inventions
Library of Congress categories
United States
Google (Firm)
Computer programmers
Brin, Sergey
Page, Larry

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