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Part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun, from the leader of the movement championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai, and John Legend.
Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, and author Brave Not Perfect, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest—sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice—coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place.
About the Author
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. She is also the author of Brave Not Perfect and Women Who Don't Wait In Line in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course. She's been named one of Fortune's 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, Forbes's Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.
Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog Stanley.
Table of Contents
Hello, World 4
1 Why Coding? 10
2 How To Talk To Your Computer 28
3 Putting It All Together 40
4 Getting Started 56
5 Cracking The "Code" 72
6 Debugging 94
7 Video Games 106
8 Digital Art And Design 119
9 Robots 130
10 Websites, Mobile Apps, And Online Security 140
Q & A With Reshma Saujani 169
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reshma: Amazing job with this book!!! I **wish** I had it when I was younger... Review: This is a fantastic book to teach all girls (I would say ages 8 and beyond) how to code. I'm a list girl (an algorithmic thinker) so here goes my review- Pros: -amazing graphics -does not over simplify concepts (I hate it when books patronize me) but explains them in an easy to learn, approachable way... ex coding to making a PB&J -talks about the timeline of Computer Science (history to now) -hi lights other cool women/role models in CS history -talks about modern women in CS today (pages on different people and their careers) -explains applicability of an abundance of CS languages -teaches readers the way computers think -good for all ages -- having my mom read it right now -talks about different uses of coding (ex IoT, app development, software development, video games, graphics and more!) -shows that a coder does not have to be a white male (it could be YOU!) -demonstrates how anyone could use coding in their daily life -provides inspiration on CS projects -includes up-to-date resources online that are free, and what they do -helps a newcomer understand CS lingo (makes it approachable) -promotes the GWC community (which is fantastic... I urge you, dear reader, to look it up and join or support a club near you!) Cons: -nothing! Note: Cheaper if you buy it online than in-store ($12 vs $17)....not sure why but just as a FYI