Inspiring Girls to Code

Inspiring girls to code is a great thing.  They are underrepresented in the industry and even here where I live in Silicon Valley, we struggle to get girls in large numbers to pick up and get excited about coding classes.  What I really enjoyed about this book is that the app that was developed is relevant and interesting to girls in general.  Perhaps after reading this book the young females in your life will see some real potential in coding and be able to envision applications that they can get excited about!  Not that shooting spaceships out the sky isn’t exciting, but ….

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Title: Click’dinspiring girls to code click'd

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: First book in a planned series

What this book is about:

Allie creates a game at CodeGirls summer camp that gives kids a quiz and pairs players who have like minded answers. It is a way to meet new people with whom you might just “click”. Her game is entered into a contest for apps that do good and she can’t wait to test it out on her friends. However, when it takes off at her middle school Allie realizes there is a bug in the game, but she may not be able to fix things with her friends or her code before the day of the contest.

Why I love this book:

  • Well I really appreciate books that get girls excited about the prospect of coding. While this book is not technical in any way, it is about creating something, solving the puzzle pieces to make it work and feeling the pride of being able to put something out there for others to use. I was ready to kill it with my latest app after reading this book. Now if I can just figure out what that app will be ….
  • I liked Allie and her struggle between doing the right thing and enjoying the high of having something out there that she created felt very real.
  • Ok, am I the only one out there that hoped that this app really existed? Even adults can use an excuse to find new friends and get to know the people around them with whom they rarely interact!

Who this book is for:

Nice book for kids who like realistic fiction. Great for girls interested in coding. I would recommend Girl Code after reading this book to get the real life experience of girls who are involved in creating games.

Final thoughts:

I love that the author used to work in tech in Silicon Valley. This book was a compelling way to get girls to think about coding while making it relevant to them.

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