One book got my attention when I was walking around in a bookstore a while ago, trying to find interesting new books to read to my kids. It was the book “Computer Coding for Kids” by Carol Vorderman.
Since I got hooked on coding, already by the age of 9, I hope that my kids also will become interested in this area. I think they could have so much fun with the know-how about coding in life. I have written another post about why I think it is a good idea to teach kids coding, which you can read here: How to teach kids about coding and 3 reasons why to do it.
As I see it, the three main reasons to teach kids about coding are to improve their skills to:
I think it is very important to improve the kids’ skills to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.
I would say that will be really helpful in their lives. I believe that our children will be asked to solve many problems that will require them to think for themselves and come up with their own answers, especially since we live in an increasingly technological and global world.
Here follows my Computer Coding for Kids review.
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Language: Easy and simple. (Note: The book that I bought was translated into Swedish from English).
Content: Instructions to make 8 basic games + basic information about computer games and the programming language Scratch
Price: Check current prize on Amazon. The Scratch community is for free.
Age: For kids between 8-16 (and older)
Level of fun: 4 (of 5) (Note: according to my eight-year-old son)
Customer rating on Amazon: 4-4,5 stars (of 5)
Author: Carol Vorderman, who is a mathematician and a journalist.
The book covers topics like what coding is, what ingredients make a game good, how to create a special game atmosphere, which types of games there are, and how to get started.
All eight games have step-by-step scratch instructions with short descriptions that describe what, why and when things are needed in the code. The content is laid out in a really easy to read way with short blocks of writing and colorful pictures and diagrams in between.
As a parent, you don’t need to have any coding experience at all! The book is written for beginners, and complex computer jargon is avoided. This book guides children through creating computer programs starting with the very basics.
I have written a more about Scratch here.
When they designed Scratch, they aimed for kids in the ages between 8-16. But it is not limited to that since age doesn’t really matter. According to the info on the community’s website, Scratch is available in more than 150 countries and it has been translated into more than 40 languages.
And, there is an option for the younger kids too. There is a free app called ScratchJr, which is recommended for kids in the ages between 5-7. One small drawback with that app is, that it is only available in a few languages, for the time being.
Computer Coding for Kids is ideal for kids looking to take your first steps into programming or those that are already interested and hungry to learn more. If you are looking for a book to help your kids to get started on coding, I do recommend Computer Coding for Kids by Carol Vorderman.
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