Thematic Reading List: 8 Books to Learn Coding


Coders are one of the most highly sought after employees not only in computer-related companies but in many industries. Teaching children coding skills in elementary school can help them grasp coding language early and may promote a love of the language and possibly a future vocation. These eight books, recommended for readers under the age of 12, present coding skills in simple, easy-to-understand language.








9780531132265 Build a Website (Rookie Get Ready to Code)
By: Marcie Atkins

Discusses types of websites, parts of a website, building a website, and writing code.
9781641564229 Coding 1, 2, 3
By: Janet Slingerland

How does a computer know what to do? It’s code! Learn what code is and all about coders. Includes a Code an Escape maker activity and further reading.
TB_GameDesign_cvr4.indd Designing a Game (A True Book: Get Ready to Code)
By: Jennifer Hackett

A brief explanation of how video games are made, how to develop code, how virtual reality works with games, and ways to fix simple computer glitches. Includes activity pages for readers to use for practicing how to make up a game.
getcoding Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Build a Website, App and Game
By: Young Rewired State

All you need to get started is a computer and this programming guide, a book that’s just right for beginners of any age to develop real coding skills. Follow the step-by-step instructions through six missions, and you will learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Once you’ve helped secure the infamous Monk Diamond, continue to improve and test your expertise by coding your own projects and accomplishing your own daring missions!.
1250065003 Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding
By: Linda Liukas

Ruby is a feisty, little redhead who bounces, runs, and crawls across the pages, teaching children the secret language of computer coding.
howtocode How to Code a Sandcastle
By: Josh Funk
Illustrated by: Sara Palacios

Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, need to build a sandcastle before summer vacation is over, and they’re going to do it using code.
roxssecretcode Rox’s Secret Code
By: Mara Lecocq and Nathan Archambault
Illustrated by: Jessika von Innerebner

Rox does not want to clean up her room, so by using code, she creates a robot to do her chores for her, but Chorebot gets out of control. Includes hands-on activity through a companion app.
TB_ThinkLikeAComputer_cvr7.indd Think Like a Computer (A True Book series)
By: Jacob Batchelor

Learn to write simple computer language. Includes binary coding and ways to fix computer glitches.


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