Computer science will be a significant part of almost every future career, and we must be preparing our students by teaching coding, programming, and other critical skills for the field. Teachers and parents don’t have to wait until students have declared their postsecondary career or college path. In fact, using coding books for children in primary and middle grades will help them develop skills that will help them in school, life, and any career field! Here are a few of the best coding books for kids to try out in your classroom or at home.
Coding Books for Primary Grade Kids
For your youngest computer scientists, this book tells the story of Pearl, who creates a sandcastle with the help of her robot while teaching young readers basic coding terms. Start with this book to introduce or review terminology before getting online for more hands-on projects.
Children as young as five years old will benefit from this book that teaches coding concepts without using computers! This book explores coding skills by using paper manipulatives and activities. Students are also introduced to coding terminology like algorithm, flowchart, and variable. Step-by-step lessons make this a fantastic book for Pre-K to first graders.
A great introductory programming book for kids. Scratch is a popular coding language developed by MIT to teach young people to code with simple drag and drop game development. Kids love to use Scratch to manipulate and create new games. They’ll also love to share their creations with classmates. Who doesn’t love gaming at this age? Instead of just “playing video games”, they are learning critical thinking and problem-solving skills before starting the competition!
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Coding Books for Middle School Kids
Mastered Scratch? Try Python coding language! Although Python can be challenging, this book makes it easy to understand strings, lists, tuples, maps, and more! With more than 300 pages of information, this text could be used as a resource for a semester course. Try it with your students or children. You can also check out our beginner Python tutorials for some basic lesson plans.
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These are some of the best coding books for kids start with the youngest beginning coders through teens beginning to explore more intricate types of computer science coding. Try a few of these titles in your home or classroom today!
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Katie is mom of two rambunctious boys and a self-proclaimed super nerd. With a background in neuroscience, she is passionate about sharing her love of all things STEM with her kids. She loves to find creative ways to teach kids computer science and geek out about coding and math. You can find her blogging at Teach Your Kids Code and in her spare time, documenting her families travels at Tear Free Travel.