Let’s Code, Girls!

Did you know that the gender gap in computing has actually been getting worse since the 1980s? In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women. Now women make up just 18% of graduates.*

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs, yet women are on track to fill just 3%.*

Did you know that some of the major pioneers in computer technology were women? Think: Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, among others.

We were surprised to learn these facts when Reshma Saujani came to the Penguin Young Readers office to talk about the nonprofit organization she founded, Girls Who Code, and introduce the new publishing program between Girls Who Code and Penguin Young Readers. Girls Who Code is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. The organization aims to reverse stereotypes that can be detrimental to girls about who becomes coders, encourages girls to strive to be brave rather than perfect, and provides entry points to coding and the computer sciences.

We’re delighted to be releasing two audiobooks with Girls Who Code:

The Friendship Code #1

Whether or not you think you might be interested in coding—and whether or not you’ve even heard of coding—THE FRIENDSHIP CODE is a genuinely fun listen. Think the Baby-Sitters Club with a STEM twist. The main character, Lucy, joins a new after-school coding club. At first, she’s disappointed because she’s stuck in a work group with girls she barely knows, and she’s not quite sure she’s learning enough. Then, she begins getting cryptic coding messages that lead her to important discoveries . . . Recommended for ages 8-12

Listen to an excerpt THE FRIENDSHIP CODE

Girls Who Code

If you think you might want to code, but have no idea where to start, look no further than the nonfiction book, GIRLS WHO CODE. Reshma narrates the audiobook in a clear, inspiring voice, and provides a general overview about what coding is and introduces some basic coding principles. She tells listeners real-life stories of girls who code and explains how coding can help you do what you love, regardless of what that is (fashion, sports, social justice, medicine, art—really, anything). Recommended for ages 10+

“This timely, well-written title is an excellent resource for budding coders; it bridges the wide gap between simple how-to guidebooks and complex coding textbooks.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Listen to an excerpt GIRLS WHO CODE

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