IT Careers for Girls


Here’s a round-up of the top selling girl-empowering books to encourage all ages as well as books to get you started exploring the world of computer technology. 


Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Computers

This book is a great starting point for students seeking a future in the computer technology field. Not only does it provide a detailed overview of a career in computers, it provides a step-by-step self-assessment followed by a series of job profiles which help identify personality traits to better match to possible careers. Career profiles include: Artificial intelligence scientist, Computer programmer, Hardware engineer, Systems analyst, Technical support, Trainer, Webmaster, and more.


Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

This is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world. The girls reveal not only what they’ve learned about opportunities in science and technology but also the true value of discovering your own voice and creativity.


Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

This book is a collective of women and girls who changed the world with their inventions. Among those included are Grace Hopper, who was one of Harvard Mark I computer’s first programmers and was responsible for developing the first ever compiler used for computer programming languages. Also included is Becky Schroeder who was only 10 when she invented Glo-sheet paper, which enables people to write in the dark. She became the youngest female to receive a U.S. patent. The book also encourages young women to start inventing themselves and offers a list of organizations to help them get started.


Cool Women Who Code

This book invites girls to understand why technology is cool. It's a great introduction to the world of computing, bringing the field to life through descriptions of the field itself and stories of female leaders and their contributions. In this book, girls will discover exactly what technology is, how it evolved, and where the future may lead.


Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

This book sets up so many great examples of women scientists who excelled in their fields, including Hedy Lamarr. While best known as a Hollywood star, she was also the inventor of FHSS (frequency-hopping spread spectrum) which is the basis for the technology used today with smartphones, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices.   Women and girls will be encouraged and motivated by this book with its striking, singular art, and fascinating infographics. 


Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners

This book gives a thorough introduction to the world of computer programming and is suited for middle schoolers as well as adults just beginning their programming experience. Many intro books assume a basic level of technical knowledge in the way they present material. This books assumes nothing which makes it a good starting point. The opportunity to actually write code starts almost immediately and occurs through the book.


Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

This book chronicles the life of Ada Lovelace who, at the young age of 17, worked with Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada understood the machine better than anyone else and wrote the world's first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities. This beautifully illustrated book brings to life the personality and amazing accomplishments of the "mother of computer science." 


Identity Theft (Nancy Drew, Girl Detective: Identity Mystery Trilogy, Book 2)

Learn about Information Security in this fictional story about cyber attacks and hacking. The book begins with Nancy logging onto the virtual reality game site, BetterLife, to deactivate the avatar she created. However, someone has hacked into her account. Some major cybersleuthing is needed to identify the bullies. This story concludes with the final book in the series, Identity Revealed. Fictional stories are a fun way to see real computer problems and solutions. 



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