Here’s a list of books about girls who code, to inspire you this summer — Girls from the past whose love of numbers helped create history, girls of today who use their coding skills to create fun and solve problems, and coding books to help create and shape future girls who code!
Who says Women Can’t be Computer Programmers?: The story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone
Ada Lovelace is credited as being the first computer programmer, and this book tells her tale and how she became “The Enchantress of Numbers.”
Grace Hopper: Queen Of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark
Grace Hopper was a mathematician and a member of the US Navy who taught computers to “speak” English!
Explore the story of Katherine Johnson, who was one of the main women in the Hidden Figures story of NASA’s history. Her work as a mathematician, against the backdrop of racial inequality, helped pioneer the world’s first trip to the moon!
Margaret Hamilton was born in Indiana and always loved numbers. She went on to work at NASA, and her handwritten codes were crucial to numerous space missions!
How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
This is a perfect summer picture book about coding! Pearl really wants to build the perfect sandcastle, so she and her robot friend Pascal use code to make that happen!
Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey
Charlotte loves to code and has a talent for all things tech. When she receives a doll as a gift, she uses her code skills to give it some pretty awesome upgrades!
Girls Who Code Series: The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch
This is a series about a middle-grade group of diverse girlfriends in a coding club, who work on various coding projects while having fun and just being girls!
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser
This is the true story of the authors’ experiences with Girls Who Code, the creation and rise of their viral video game, and a look at their fame, women in tech, and the power of coding.
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas
This book follows our friend Ruby, who has a huge imagination and believes anything is possible. Ruby’s story is full of adventure and the basics of coding.
My First Coding Book by Kiki Prottsman
This is a fun interactive book that introduces basic coding concepts—perfect for beginners of all ages!