So being a designer I watch tons of design conference videos all day while I’m working. One day I was tapping through random videos, and there was one about a children’s book that introduced kids to programming languages – Hello Ruby. Obviously this caught my attention and I looked into it more.
The style is really cute, and this is EXACTLY the type of info I’m trying to give to my kids. This book doesn’t teach them to code, but it does something way more important. It introduces them to the code related world, without ever mentioning tech.
In her words:
Ruby is a small girl with a huge imagination. She stomps and stumbles around her own little world while her dad is traveling. On her adventures, Ruby makes friends with the lonely Snow Leopard, visits castles made of windows, and solves problems with the wise penguins. She bakes gingerbreads with the green robots and throws a garden party with… well, if you like to hear the rest of the story, I need your help.
Ruby’s world is an extension of the way I’ve learned to see technology. It goes far beyond the bits and bytes inside the computer. This is the story of what happens between the ones and zeros, before the arrays and the if/else statements. The book and workbook are aimed for four to seven year olds.
I believe stories are the most formative force of our childhood. Everyone has a book that made the world seem beautiful and full of possibility. My book is about little Ruby.