August 17, 2016

Finnish children’s programming book tops charts in Japan

Finnish author Linda Liukas’ book designed to teach kids the basics of programming has proved a success in Japan.
Finnish author Linda Liukas’ book designed to teach kids the basics of programming has proved a success in Japan.
Otso Kaijaluoto

Finnish author Linda Liukas’ children’s programming book Hello Ruby is breaking records in Japan.

Author Linda Liukas is the co-founder of Rails Girls and alumna of Codecademy.com.

Author Linda Liukas is the co-founder of Rails Girls and alumna of Codecademy.com.

Maija Tammi

Linda Liukas’ book series designed to teach children the basics of coding, technology and computing has become a success story in Japan. The Japanese version of Liukas’ first book has been the best-selling children’s book in Japan’s Amazon already for weeks. The news was reported by Finnish technology daily Tivi.

Hello Ruby book series tells the story of a small girl with a huge imagination who meets a cast of characters as she sets out on adventures inside a computer in the world of megabytes.

“Programming is a mean of self-expression, just like legos and crayons,” says Liukas. “If we think JavaScript will be the lingua franca of the future, instead of only grammar classes we should be teaching our kids to write poetry.”

The translation rights to Liukas’ first book have been sold to over 19 language areas around the world from Estonia to Australia.

Liukas raised pre-orders for Hello Ruby worth over 380 000 US dollars during Spring 2014 on Kickstarter, a global crowdsourcing platform. Hello Ruby still remains as one of the most popular children’s book projects on Kickstarter.

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