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6 Coding Books Made For Kids: Easy and Painless ways for Adults To Learn To Code

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.

Personal Review

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.

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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.

Personal Review

First I would like to say that the in easy steps book line is one of my favorite publications for all coding languages. When this book was published, I already had high expectations and this book has fulfilled them. This book is not only child friendly but also has the same in easy steps format. This means that it is filled with extra tips and things to look out for. This book’s focuses on web design which includes HTML, CSS and some JavaScript. I highly recommend any book in this line.

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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.

Personal Review

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.

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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. 

Personal Review

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.

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JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

by Nick Morgan

JavaScript for Kids is a lighthearted introduction that teaches programming essentials through patient, step-by-step examples paired with funny illustrations. You’ll begin with the basics, like working with strings, arrays, and loops, and then move on to more advanced topics, like building interactivity with jQuery and drawing graphics with Canvas.

Personal Review

Another noStarch Press book that teaches JavaScript and JQuery. This book was published over six years ago which can seem outdated for a coding book. However, learning JavaScript is also another language where the books tend to be dry and straight to the point. Of course, this book is not the case. What I like most about this book is its sections about objects and DOM, which the author uses creative approaches to teach the concepts.

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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.

Personal Review

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.

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