Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book


Over the past five years, some 40,000 girls have learned to code through the Girls Who Code’s summer camps and afterschool programs. But Ms. Saujani wanted to expand the group’s reach, and was looking for new ways to recruit girls into the tech industry.

For a tech evangelist, her solution was surprisingly retro and analog: books. Girls Who Code is creating a publishing franchise, and plans to release 13 books over the next two years through a multibook deal with Penguin. The titles range from board books and picture books for babies and elementary school children, to nonfiction coding manuals, activity books and journals, and a series of novels featuring girl coders.

This week, the organization is releasing its first two books — an illustrated nonfiction coding manual by Ms. Saujani, and a novel, “The Friendship Code,” which features a group of girls who become friends in an after-school coding club.

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