This May, No Starch Press will release the next in its line of bestselling programming books for young people, Teach Your Kids to Code (336 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593276140). Unlike prior bestsellers like Python for Kids (more than 40,000 copies sold), Lauren Ipsum(recipient of a starred Kirkus review), and Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (more than 35,000 copies sold),Teach Your Kids to Code is designed to help parents and educators teach their kids, students, and even themselves basic Python programming and problem-solving.
Filled with visual and colorful game-oriented examples sure to hold a young programmer’s attention, the step-by-step explanations in Teach Your Kids to Code will have kids learning computational thinking in no time. They’ll explore geometry using Python’s Turtle graphics module, learn basic syntax, then build fun, playable games, like War, Yahtzee, and Pong. Simple, plain English explanations of programming concepts demystify ideas like loops, lists, functions, and variables and will have kids on the fast track to making their own cool games and applications.
According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “Rather than serve as a tool for kids to learn from on their own, Teach Your Kids to Code is designed as a resource to help parents and teachers teach kids to program—together. Think of it as a kind of ‘let’s play catch or kick a soccer ball,’ but the ball is code and the fun comes in learning to program, as a team.”
Teach Your Kids to Code is sure to be the perfect companion to an introductory programming class, after school meet-up, programming club, or any similar event designed to meet the needs of kids who want to learn to program. It will be available in bookstores everywhere this May.