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.)

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.