One of the best ways to learn how to code is to use kid’s books to get you started. Coding books made for children are helpful because they tend to be colorful, fun, and break down programming concepts in a way that anyone can understand.
Here are six books we highly recommend in no particular order.
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Coding for Kids: Python: Learn to Code with 50 Awesome Games and Activities
by Adrienne Tacke
Learning to code is just like playing a new sport or practicing an instrument―just get started! From the basic building blocks of programming to creating your very own games, this book teaches essential Python skills to kids ages 10 and up with 50 fun and engaging activities.
Python is considered one of the easiest text based languages to learn. Although this my be true, not all books are meant for beginners. Coding for Kids Python is a fun, colorful and interactive book. As a teacher I find the explanations are very down to earth and interesting. I also like the format and order of the coding concepts in the book. Most of all the projects allow you to practice your new skills.
Coding for Kids in easy steps
by Mike McGrath
Coding For Kids in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that demonstrates coding for web pages in clear examples. The final chapter brings everything together with a step-by-step example that builds a fun web page containing an interactive game for PC, tablet, or smartphone.
Coding iPhone Apps for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Swift
by Gloria Winquist
Apple’s Swift is a powerful, beginner-friendly programming language that anyone can use to make cool apps for the iPhone or iPad. In Coding iPhone Apps for Kids, you’ll learn how to use Swift to write programs, even if you’ve never programmed before.
This book also belongs to another favorite publisher called noStarch Press. At this point, you should already know because it’s a kids book it will be colorful and interactive. The main reason this book made it to the list is because it’s teaching Swift. Swift is a newly developed language made by Apple. Swift has its own style and feel and I find that many Swift books are very dry and straight to the point. This book was made for you to have a little fun and learn to Swift and Xcode at the same.
Hello World!: A complete Python-based computer programming tutorial with fun illustrations, examples, and hand-on exercises
Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners, Third Edition introduces the world of computer programming in a clear and fun style. Using Python, a programming language designed to be easy to learn, each engaging lesson teaches skills that apply to any kind of programming. Written by father-and-son team Warren and Carter Sande, this international bestseller is kid-tested and reviewed by professional educators.
They Hello World Series has been around for quite sometime. It’s currently on its third edition and was personally my first exposure to kids coding books before it became popular. This book teaches Python and the structure of the book helped me to learn and teach Python in after school. Warren and Carter Sande are truly pioneers.
by Nick Morgan
Hello Swift!: iOS app programming for kids and other beginners
by Tanmay Bakshi
Hello Swift! is a how-to guide to programming iOS Apps with the Swift language, written from a kid’s perspective. This approachable, well-illustrated, step-by-step guide takes you from beginning programming concepts all the way through developing complete apps.
Hello Swift is on this list because it’s published by the same company of Hello World. I am a fan of the style and instruction of the Hello books. It’s also a Swift book which are hard to find ones that are fun and interactive as mentioned. I will say that compared to the other Swift book on this list, this has a more fundamental feel of making sure you understand Swift concepts.