January 29, 2014

Linda Liukas’ Kids coding book storms Kickstarter

Linda Liukas' children's book "Hello Ruby" will be funded with money raised through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Linda Liukas' children's book "Hello Ruby" will be funded with money raised through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Codeacademy

A book designed to teach kids the basics of programming and written by a Finnish author has proved a massive success on Kickstarter.

Linda Liukas had aimed to raise 10 000 US dollars to publish the book called Hello Ruby but has already raised more than 200 000 US dollars in just six days. The Kickstarter campaign still has 23 days to run.

Hello Ruby is for children between four and seven years and tells the story of a small girl with a huge imagination who meets a cast of characters as she sets out on adventures.

The illustrated storybook will contain activities that teach early programming skills to young readers.

Liukas is co-founder of the Rails Girls, a non-profit volunteer community aiming to make technology more approachable for women, and also worked at US online education company Codecademy.

Having already reached her initial target, Liukas has already published some extra goals on Kickstarter.

If the project reaches 250 000 US dollars, she’ll write a downloadable parent’s guide for the workbook, and if it reaches 500 000 US dollars, she’ll work on turning Hello Ruby into a mobile app.

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