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The Coding Book List for Kids Ready to Learn Programming

Dr. Anna Iacovetta | The Children’s Book Review

No one is too young to learn to code! Many schools are implementing the basics in weekly computer classes or have even introduced extracurriculars devoted to coding. Programming and all things technology are here to stay and will be dictating our future.  Here are some great picks to get your child interested!

Be sure to keep scrolling for a book giveaway courtesy of author Josh Funk!

Book How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh FunkHow to Code a Sandcastle

Written by Josh Funk

Illustrated by Sara Palacios

How to Code a Sandcastle, as well as How to Code a Rollercoaster, are unlike any other coding books. Geared toward preschoolers and up, these are storybooks that have Pearl and her robot friend, Pascal, using coding concepts to help them solve a problem. The full-page spreads are colorful and engaging. Important vocabulary is bolded throughout the story and extra resources can be found at the end of each book.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers | May 15, 2018 | 978-0425291986

Book The Story of CodingThe Story of Coding (DK Level 2 Reader)

Written by James Floyd Kelly

This leveled reader introduces the world of coding to the newest readers. The visually-stimulating book is divided into mini-chapters and provides an easy-to-read history of coding and its use in the world. Not only is it filled with facts, but it provides children with a rich vocabulary list and helpful tips, all followed by a brief quiz and glossary at the end of the book.

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Ages 5-7 | Publisher: DK Children | June 6, 2017 | 978-1465462312

Book Ready Set CodeReady, Set, Code! Coding Activities for Kids

Written by Heather Catchpole & Nicola O’Brien

This book is an excellent supplement for those who are already learning coding in the classroom. It even comes with a link for teachers to download resources and activities. It provides easy-to-read instructions for children to code and provides the background and explanation of it all as well. This informative guide is filled with information to make any coder feel confident in what they are learning!

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Ages 7+ | Publisher: CSIRO Publishing | August 30, 2020 | 978-1486312351

Book A Beginners Projects in CodingA Beginner’s Projects in Coding: Have fun using Scratch 3.0 and Python

Written by Marc Scott

Illustrated by Mick Marston

A follow-up to A Beginner’s Guide to Coding, this spiral-bound guide walks children through the steps for various projects as they become more comfortable in using the programming languages of Scratch and Python. The book is engaging, colorful, and, most importantly, easy to read and use!

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Ages 8+ | Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books | March 3, 2020 | 978-1547602766

Book Giveaway

Book Giveaway How to Code

Enter for a chance to win signed copies of How to Code a Sandcastle and How to Code a Rollercoaster, written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Sara Palacios!

One (1) lucky winner receives:

  • A copy of How to Code a Sandcastle autographed by Josh Funk
  • A copy of How to Code a Rollercoaster autographed by Josh Funk

Giveaway begins June 23, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends July 23, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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    • A copy of How to Code a Sandcastle
    • A copy of How to Code a Rollercoaster
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Header image illustration by Sara Palacios, How to Code a Rollercoaster (Viking Books for Young Readers, 2019) by Josh Funk.

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Dr. Anna Iacovetta, classroom teacher who taught every grade, K-12 together with undergraduate students. Her passionate interest in children's literature led her to earn a doctorate in Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University. Anna is currently a part-time professor and book reviewer who resides in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband and two young children. Twitter: LiteraryGal82

  • Congratulations to lucky winner Michael K. (NY)! Copies of the books will be on the way to you very soon. Enjoy!

    July 24, 2020

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