Reading without walls

Take the “Reading Without Walls” challenge and you may discover new books that you never knew existed. You may even realize how much fun reading can be and even learn a thing or two!

 

  1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
  2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
  3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun (a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, etc.)

There’s a fun way to code!

Breen, Derek. Scratch for Kids for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2015. Print.

From the well-known “Dummies” series, this 371-page book teaches kids in grades 5-8 how to program using Scratch, a very popular and free programming language, where kids can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Using mostly color illustrations in an easy-to-follow format, this instructional guide is perfect for beginners. Kids will learn how to create games, stories, and animations.

Find it at your local library or buy a copy of the book here.

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!