We’ve found another book to help get kids interested in programming:
Liukas, Linda. Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2015. Print.
Kids in grades K-3 will learn the basic concepts of coding when they read this 112-page fiction hardcover book filled with color illustrations. No computer is needed as kids practice programming concepts through exercises and activities, while learning about stories about Ruby and her adventurous friends. Find it at your local library or buy a copy of the book here.
Here’s another book to help spark kids’ interest in programming:
Bueno, Carlos. Lauren Ipsum: A Story about Computer Science and Other Improbable Things. San Francisco, CA: No Starch Press, 2014. Print.
This fiction book will appeal to kids in grades 5-8, who may not feel comfortable diving head-first into computer programming. Containing some illustrations in color, this 183-page paperback is a story about a young girl who is lost and can only find her way back home by applying logic and problem solving skills. Along the way, she uses various computer science-related concepts, including algorithms, probability, and decoding. Find it at your local library or buy a copy of the book here.
Sometimes kids need to be tricked into liking something. This holds true with education too. We’ve found some books to introduce kids to the concept of programming. Here’s one book to help spark their interest:
Yang, Gene Luen., and Mike Holmes. Secret Coders. (Secret Coders, Vol. 1.). New York: First Second, 2015. Print.
This graphic novel contains 91 pages of mostly color illustrations and is available in hardcover and paperback. The first of three volumes, this book is about a mystery that must be solved using clues and puzzles, using the characters’ coding skills. This book is a great alternative for visual learners in grades 3-6 to learn about computer programming.
Find it at your local library or buy a copy of the book here!
According to the New Media Consortium’s2016 Horizon Report (K-12 Edition), one of the short term trends in technology that will have an impact on education in schools is the adoption of coding as a literacy. Coding fosters creativity and enhances problem solving skills, allowing students to become critical thinkers.
Amazon Rapids offers a way to get kids to increase their reading by offering short stories in a texting format. See a word they don’t understand? They can click on the word, hear its pronunciation, and read the definition.