Kids can learn the basics of coding without a computer

"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.

How to introduce kids to the concept of programming

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.

How to get your kids interested in coding

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!