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Computer coding may not be the easiest skill to master, but it is definitely a useful one to have. Coding for Beginners using Scratch does an excellent job of making it a fun and accessible journey for even the youngest readers. With all terms explained throughout the book and colourful, creative images to help readers along the way, they will be designing balloon sprites and heroes for their own games before you know it. It is both a great starter lesson for moving on to more advanced software and a book to give you a new hobby with which to impress friends. ~ Andrea Reece
36 million children have taken part in "hour of code" activities worldwide, and coding clubs are becoming an increasingly popular after-school activity. This book, Coding for Beginners Using Python and the companion title - Lift-the-Flaps Computers and Coding - are a fun and essential introduction to what can be sometimes still seen as an intimidating subject.
An introduction to coding for complete beginners, this friendly and accessible book will teach children the basics of Scratch (a free, online programme developed by MIT which is widely used in primary schools), allowing them to get inside the code of their computer and create simple games and animations on screen.
Computer coding is now a compulsory topic on the UK National Primary Curriculum and this book backs up what is being taught 'Code Clubs' in schools.
Scratch is one of the most popular programmes used in UK primary schools. This book is based on the desktop version, suitable for PCs/Macs (NB Scratch is currently not available for mobile devices).
'An accessible introduction, walking children through the basics before getting them started on some fun projects to stretch their skills.' - The Guardian
'Start from Scratch, literally, and build up your coding skills with the help of this step-by-step guide to one of the most popular coding languages for children.' - Cork Evening Echo
'An introduction to coding for complete beginners, this friendly and accessible book will teach children the basics of Scratch...Does an excellent job of making it a fun and accessible journey for even the youngest readers ... It is both a great starter lesson for moving on to more advanced software and a book to give you a new hobby with which to impress friends.' - LoveReading4Kids