Girls Who Code is not just a club or a hashtag—it’s a movement. We live in a time where now, more than ever, we need more women and girls to aspire to become immersed in all things technology and coding. I’ve created a list of eight amazing books that will inspire a new generation of girl coders!
1) Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World
Nothing says quality STEM education like teaching girls to embrace practical skills in order to enact real change. Reshma Saujani’s Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, builds coding skills from the ground up. It also hits all the major notes along the way, from websites and digital art to video games and robots. If that’s not enough, Saujani is responsible for the movement of the book to “close the gap” for women in tech fields. Now that’s something to get excited about.
2) Sasha Savvy Loves to Code
In Sasha Savvy Loves to Code, Sasha Ariel Alston tells the story of Sasha Savvy, an intelligent girl who learns to love coding. The story empowers young girls to not only embrace their inner Einstein but also to take risks by opening themselves up to things they might not think they’d be that good at. Of course, the spoiler is in the title: Sasha learns to code, and she loves it.
3) How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons
Did we mention video games? In the book How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons, Sean McManus walks budding programmers through making their own computer games. He uses this ever so popular theme to impart some serious coding wisdom. Not to mention, he highlights the fun in STEM, showing girl gamers how to get creative get learning at the same time.
The authors of Get Coding! know that the key to winning over young tech lovers is a little gamification. They teach young coders how to build a website, app, and game through a series of missions. Now young coders can learn something cool while simultaneously fending off jewel thieves. If only the rest of school could be this exciting.
5) Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done
Andrea Gonzalez and Sophie Houser entered the Girls Who Code summer camp as two ordinary teenaged girls and came out viral hits whose video game and the journey was covered by CNN, Teen Vogue, Today, and more. Now they tell their story in their new book Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done and encourage other young girls to embrace tech and make a splash. Nothing inspires like real success.
6) Coding Games in Scratch
We’ve finally come full circle back to coding. Only this time we’re starting from scratch. Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock speaks to young kids with no coding experience and introduces them to the world of gaming and technology in a fun and colorful way. With this inventive book, any kid could be on her way to being the next big thing.
7) Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Of course, not all historically significant contributions to science and technology involve inventions. Rachel Ignotoksky’s Women in Science: 50 Fearless Women Who Changed the World honors discoveries, breakthroughs, and firsts from antiquity onward and across a variety of cultures. If that doesn’t wow you than the quirky illustrations certainly will.
8) Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
In Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women, Catherine Thimmesh reminds us that not all of STEM is about coding. She embraces the strange, the silly, and the ingenious, and encourages young women everywhere to do the same. Any girl would be surprised to hear how many things they use or see every day came from the inventive and creative minds of women.