Book review: Kids Get Coding: Learn to Program, by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale

Lyons, Heather and Tweedale, Elizabeth. Kids Get Coding: Learn to Program. (Get Kids Coding series) Lerner, 2017. $31.96. 24p. ISBN 9781512413601. Ages 7-12. P7 Q8

This book provides a perfect beginning for students interested in computer and programing. With simple examples, it is full of resources and websites for practice. “Think bubbles” for Data Duck shows his ideas about the passages, and a notebook paper picture asks the reader to think coding with the answers in the back of the book.  Simple illustrations teach flow charts and coordinates. The book includes a table of contents, Extension Activities, Words to Remember, Activity Answers, and index. The website at  www.lerneresource.com (Get Kids Coding series) provides a teacher guide with a student handout for cause and effect. The author suggests www.blueshiftcoding.com/kidsgetcoding, but some of the links to “play the game” don’t work and it uses English rather than American spellings. A free site for teaching coding, https://scratch.mit.edu , is a free site for anyone to learn how to code.

Verdict:  With the need for students to understand coding and computer programing, this is useful for libraries, schools, and classrooms.

March 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.

 

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