Every Tuesday from 4:00pm-5:00pm, kids ages 9-12 fill the story room in the children’s department for Coding +. After taking the Coding + Basics class on the first Tuesday of the month, they are free to come to other classes that teach them coding skills using Bitsbox, Harry Potter, Codecademy, and more. Not only do they learn a thing or two about coding, but they have fun and make new friends. For those outside of the age range, or looking to learn more about coding at home, below are a few books and websites to get them ready for their future as a programmer.
By Jon Woodcock
This workbook provides detailed instructions to take your child from a novice to a programmer using Python. The tasks can be done alone or with a parent to help them along.
By Duncan Beedie
PYTHON FOR KIDS
By Jason R. Briggs
A Python textbook made fun, this book takes kids through the basics and into the nitty gritty of programming in Python. With sections dedicated to particular topics and fun programming tasks along the way, this is a great in-depth introduction to programming for kids and adults alike.
STAR WARS CODING PROJECTS: WITH SCRATCH
By Jon Woodcock
Using the website Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/), your child’s favorite Star Wars characters show them how to make games and animations that teach coding principles along the way.
- Code.org uses games and recognizable characters to teach kids coding basics at their learning level.
- Codecademy has a step by step approach to real coding that is good for kids and adults.
- Codemoji teaches web development in a kid-friendly way.
- Scratch is a creative outlet for kids that utilizes block coding.