10 Books About Coding To Inspire Girls To Lead the Next Tech Revolution

by Laura Lambert

The first computer programmer was a woman: Ada Lovelace. And while women only make up about 26% of the computing workforce, as of 2016, that number is poised to rise.

Girls code — and that’s not changing any time soon. The point of organizations like Girls Who Code and Code.org is to get more girls (and more different kinds of people, overall) into the fold, so that a new, more diverse generation of coders can shape the digital world that lies ahead for all of us.

Here are 10 books to inspire future Ada Lovelaces in our midst.

The spirit of problem-solving is at the core of coding — and some of the best literature. So it’s no surprise that this sub-genre is off and running. “I have seen girls tackle every single big problem from cancer to lead poisoning to climate change to homelessness to bullying in schools,” Saujani told CNN, “There is literally no problem that we can’t solve.”

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2022.