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.
Raves for Girls Who Code:
"The world is advancing in technology and women and girls need to educate ourselves on computer science to catch up. I don't know how to code but this book has inspired me to learn. I encourage all girls to read this book and be empowered to change the world through technology." —Malala Yousafzai, Student, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Co-Founder of the Malala Fund
“Reshma Saujani and Girls Who Code are changing the face of tech, one girl at a time. This book is an invitation for every girl to join the movement for a more equal and better future.” —Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org & OptionB.Org
“I'm so excited for my daughter to know that her possibilities and potential are limitless. And I truly believe that technology can inspire and empower our daughters to be great leaders and visionaries. I'm glad this book exists to show them the way.”—John Legend
“Girls deserve the opportunity to fall in love with computers. This book, which makes computer science accessible, clear, and engaging, will help provide it. And it won’t be just girls who benefit. The more women leaders in this field, the more innovative and impactful technology will be for everyone.”—Melinda Gates, philanthropist
“Every industry needs diversity of thought. Girls Who Code is empowering young women with access to the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in technology.”—Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square and Twitter
* "This timely, well-written title is an excellent resource for budding coders."—School Library Journal, starred review
"This book has two focuses: encouraging girls that coding is something they can do and [making]programming relevant to their specific interests. "—Kirkus Reviews
Note: This book is not associated with The Coder School.