Coding books for kids are a fun way to spark an interest in web design, game making and programming. Although much of this information is available online, presenting information in a book format can help kids improve their literacy skills, and give them an easy reference without having to search. Some of the books are ‘how to’ manuals, while others are more interactive workbooks. There are also younger kid-friendly “lift the flap” books, that encourage little hands to explore and learn. Here is a run down of 10 of the coolest coding books for young learners.
Based around the computer coding language of Scratch, this book uses fun graphics and and step-by-step instructions to teach kids how to create their own computer games. With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single or multiplayer platform games, create puzzles, race through mazes, and add animation. All they need is this book, a desktop or laptop, Scratch and Adobe software.
Simple coding books for kids are often the best. How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons teaches kids simple coding instructions using Scratch software. It helps them learn how to create their own computer game or design a website. This book is broken down into the 10 “Super Skills” that will teach your child the basics. Then it goes into specific detail for each element they need to learn.
Get into Scratch and Python with A Beginners Guide to Coding. Written by Marc Scott, the Head of Curriculum Development for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the book has gorgeous colorful pictures and an easy reading narrative. Kids can follow step by step projects that will have them creating their own chat-bot or computer game in no time.
Be a “girl who codes” with one of the ultimate coding books for kids. Girls Who Code not only teaches basic computing and coding, but also includes real life stories of famous STEM women. With more and more women getting into tech, this book will encourage young girls to get involved, aim high, and make the world a better place. The artwork is bright and colorful, and the text is nicely put together in kid-friendly language.
Learn how to identify and fix problems with the Coding, Bugs and Fixes book. This book is designed to help you learn all about the coding inside computers to see how they work and function. That way you are able to spot and identify any issues or bugs that occur. Once you spot the irregularities, you will be able to fix then and get your computer running smooth again. This book is a great option to get younger minds to find out more about how coding lines work.
No computer necessary with the Hello Ruby Adventures in Coding book. Part picture book and part workbook, this coding book for kids teaches the concept of how to code. It gets kids thinking outside the box, creating patterns, and breaking down big problems into smaller equations for fixing. This would be a great book for any kid struggling with understanding how coding works without going into too much technical detail.
Coding books for kids that use “lift the flap” paper inserts, provide an easy way for kids to learn. Mixing reading with fun, the Lift the Flap Computers and Coding book will keep your kid engrossed for hours. This book has lots of flaps for kids to look under to see how computers are built and how they work. Learn about how computers use codes to run basic programs, try out a simple program, and get used to the vocabulary used with computers. This is a great hands on book that will give young kids a good start on computers and coding.
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