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12 Great Books to Help Kids Learn Coding

April 30, 2017
A few days we shared with you this interesting resource featuring some of the best apps and tools to help kids learn everything about coding. Today, we are adding another important resource to our coding archive. This is a collection of some good books to introduce kids to coding and help them master the world of programming. Links to the books are under the visual. Enjoy

12 Great Books to Help Kids Learn Coding

1- Help Your Kids with Computer Coding, by DK Publishing 
Help Your Kids with Computer Coding is a straightforward, visual guide to helping kids understand the basics of computer coding using Scratch and Python coding languages. Essential coding concepts like scripts, variables, and strings are explained using build-along projects and games.

2- Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math, by Majed Marji
In Learn to Program with Scratch, author Majed Marji uses Scratch to explain the concepts essential to solving real-world programming problems. The labeled, color-coded blocks plainly show each logical step in a given script, and with a single click, you can even test any part of your script to check your logic.

3- Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming, by Jason R. Briggs 
‘Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings you (and your parents) into the world of programming. The ever-patient Jason R. Briggs will guide you through the basics as you experiment with unique (and often hilarious) example programs that feature ravenous monsters, secret agents, thieving ravens, and more. New terms are defined; code is colored, dissected, and explained; and quirky, full-color illustrations keep things on the lighter side.’

4- How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn how to design and code your very own computer game (Super Skills), by Sean McManus
‘From writing simple coding instructions using Scratch software, to learning the coding skills to create your own computer game and even design your own website, this book leads the way. By breaking this daunting subject down into the 10 "super skills" needed, young readers can get familiar with computer coding and build on their skills as they progress through the book.’

5- Learn to Program with Minecraft: Transform Your World with the Power of Python, by Craig Richardson
‘Begin with some short, simple Python lessons and then use your new skills to modify Minecraft to produce instant and totally awesome results. Learn how to customize Minecraft to make mini-games, duplicate entire buildings, and turn boring blocks into gold.’

6- DK Workbooks: Coding in Scratch: Games Workbook, by Jon Woodcock (Author), Steve Setford (Author)
‘Perfect for children ages 6–9 who are new to coding, this highly visual workbook is a fun introduction to Scratch, a free computer coding programming language, that will take kids from playing games to creating them.’

7- The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book (Full Color): A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots, by Laurens Valk
‘LEGO MINDSTORMS has changed the way we think about robotics by making it possible for anyone to build real, working robots. The latest MINDSTORMS set, EV3, is more powerful than ever, and The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete, beginner-friendly guide you need to get started.’

8- Hopscotch Challenges: Learn to Code on an iPadby Wesley Fryer
‘This is an eBook of challenges for students to complete using the free iPad app, Hopscotch. This eBook is an independent publication and is not an official curriculum resource of the Hopscotch development team’

9- 3D Game Programming for Kids: Create Interactive Worlds with JavaScript (Pragmatic Programmers), by Chris Strom
‘This book will teach you how to make your own online games with interactive examples. You'll learn programming using nothing more than a browser, and see cool, 3D results as you type. You'll learn real-world programming skills in a real programming language: JavaScript, the language of the web. You'll be amazed at what you can do as you build interactive worlds and fun games.’

10- Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding, by Linda Liukas
‘Meet Ruby―a small girl with a huge imagination, and the determination to solve any puzzle. As Ruby stomps around her world making new friends, including the Wise Snow Leopard, the Friendly Foxes, and the Messy Robots, kids will be introduced to the fundamentals of computational thinking, like how to break big problems into small ones, create step-by-step plans, look for patterns and think outside the box through storytelling.’

11- Programming: Computer Programming for Beginners - Learn the Basics of Java, SQL & C++, by Joseph Connor 
‘Programming: Computer Programming for Beginners Learn the Basics of Java, SQL & C++ is a book that will guide you on how to give specific instructions to your computer with the help of 3 basic programming languages.’

12- Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (Covers Version 2): Learn to Program by Making Cool Games, by The LEAD Project 
‘In Super Scratch Programming Adventure!, kids learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They'll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed (and played!) in an afternoon. Patient, step-by-step explanations of the code and fun programming challenges will have kids creating their own games in no time.’