The Wide World of Coding

The People and Careers behind the Programs

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

The best part about coding is that anyone with a computer can learn how to do it.

From education to healthcare to entertainment, software touches almost every aspect of twenty-first century life. Take a high-level perspective on the types of people who create that software—including many jobs that do not involve writing code at all. Learn about the software development cycle and the huge variety of skills developers draw on, including psychology, mathematics, and art, to create amazing apps and programs.

Explore why diversity is needed to prevent bias in design. Learn about the different coding languages and what they are used for, how developers choose a language, and tools that simplify coding. Jennifer Connor-Smith breaks down stereotypes about coding as a career that is open only to technology-obsessed gamers, revealing ways people use software to improve medical care, nurture dementia patients, promote social justice, and more. Hands-on activities show you how easy it is to learn to think like a coder.

The next generation of coders will require diverse teams, creativity, and ethical codes of conduct to create the best and most successful software. Will you be one of them?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 144
Publication Date 2020-04-07
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN013030, YAN011000, YAN055000
Dewey 005.1023
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1210
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Source notes


  • Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Winner, 2020


School Library Journal

“[A] succinct introduction to the field of computer programming. . . . A recommended purchase for libraries serving middle and high school students, especially ones with a focus on computer science, engineering, and technology.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“This attractive, engaging volume is a must-have for every school library.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Jennifer Connor-Smith

Jennifer Connor-Smith is a freelance science writer and clinical psychologist based in Portland, Oregon.