CS Books for Students

This time of year, most states start their annual round of student tests. Here in Texas, we have the STAAR test next week.
I am a testing teacher, so I got my tennis shoes ready and my walls cleared. It always makes me sad to put away my Grace Hopper and Hidden Figures posters.

The silver lining is choosing books to offer students when they have finished their test. I take this as an opportunity to expose them great books that involve CS topics they may not have considered or books that have diverse representation in its characters. Sometimes the students have not considered reading about computer science topics so it is a delight to when they find a book they love. 

Middle School:
Geeks Out Power Book
    " Empowerment is an important feeling in the queer community. The Power Anthology is a collection of queer art and comics all about the empowerment of the queer community, and LGBTQ community." - from the Geeks Out website. In this book, various artists, authors, and overall geeks tell their coming-out story.  At times funny and heartfelt, it is a great read. 

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser 
    From the nitty gritty of life after coding a viral game, this is also a guide to how to empower yourself to change the world.

Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno
    "Meet Lauren, an adventurer, lost in Userland who needs to find her way home by solving a series of puzzles. As she visits places like the Push & Pop Café and makes friends with people like Hugh Rustic and the Wandering Salesman, Lauren learns about computer science without even realizing it—and so do you!"- from Amazon

High School Level:
Rebel Code by Glen Moody
This book tells the story of Open Source in a very readable way.
Code Girls: The Untold Story by Liza Mundy and Code Girls: the True Story by Liza Mundy (YA version of the adult book)

What do you recommend students read? 


Brenda B.



Submitted by Sheri Schoonmaker on Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:08

How about something that is truly related to computer science and not some other agenda? Books that are self-published by non-profit groups with an agenda have no place in a Computer Science discussion forum.  

What I recommend is to READ!! Read Jane Austen, who is proven to raise SAT scores - get an annotated version to understand all the subtle humor.  Read science fiction!!  Open up your imagination to the wonderful possibilities of technology. Don't limit yourself to any one genre.

But if you must read a book about computer science...

for older kids:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Hackers by Steven Levy

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

for younger kids:

Ada Lovelace:  Poet of Science by Diane Stanley and Jesse Hartland

Secret Coders Series by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Hello Ruby  by Linda Liukas (who co-founded RailsGirls!!)

movies - mostly for high school:


The Net



The Circle

The Imitation Game

And talk to your school librarian.  She should be a wonderful resource to help you with your quest.