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! Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you. Read …

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 …

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 …