Girls Who Code

Today I have a book about girls who code.  Women are underrepresented in STEM careers, so anything we can do to encourage girls to start writing code is a win in my book.  This book was sparked by the Girls Who Code program which offers young women a chance to work with computers.  I can’t wait to see how the landscape for tech innovation changes as more women start entering the field!

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Title: Girls Who Code: The Friendship Codegirls who code

Author: Stacia Deutsch

Target: Grades 3-6

Series: Yes

What this book is about:

Lucy can’t wait to start coding club. There is an app that she wants to create for her uncle with cancer and she can’t get started soon enough. But the first assignment for the club is to handwrite directions for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They don’t even get to turn on the computer! She is so frustrated things aren’t going faster until secret messages start showing up at her locker. They are tools to teach her to code and she has to use the help of her friends to figure them out. Just maybe she can get coding sooner than she hoped.

Why I love this book:

  • There are great books these days to not only get kids coding but also to encourage girls to start writing code. Females are sorely underrepresented in the computer industry so it is never too early to get girls thinking about STEM. This book is inspired by Reshma Saujani who founded Girls Who Code and she wants girls to be encouraged to try something new. She also has an accompanying book Learn to Code and Change the World.
  • I thought the lessons presented were manageable and understandable for kids. They are introduced to input/output, conditionals, loops, and variables. Nothing too complex but these are the foundations of any programing language.
  • While the story could use some fleshing out, all in all, it was fun and nicely written. This isn’t highbrow literature, but it will keep kids engaged while they learn some coding basics.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who may need a little push to get interested in coding. For kids who enjoyed Clicked or Secret Coders, this one will be a hit.

Final thoughts:

I remember the first program I wrote in high school for buying groceries. Wish I hadn’t given up on it so soon.

To purchase this book:

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