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October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month
This well-designed, interactive workbook provides a really good introduction to coding for children. It breaks it down into fun, step by step exercises and each bright, visually attractive page sets children tasks to do, with sticker rewards when they get the answers right. The different exercises clearly and logically explain the different elements of coding, turning them into manageable chunks. Topics covered include understanding computer languages such as Scratch; writing simple commands for a computer to follow; designing computer art for games and programs; building web pages using HTML. As the author himself has said, coding is highly creative, and even without the press out robots on the end pages, this is a fun, appealing and stimulating approach to one of the key skills of the 21st century. ~ Andrea Reece
When kids join Coder Academy, they undertake a series of imaginative and challenging activities that help them to begin to write code in Scratch and HTML. With fun activities on and off the computer, this book encourages kids to be creative with code. They create a character and then animate it in code, write a tune and play it on their computer, and design a simple game and website. In the Coder's Kit at the back of the book, there is a game, poster and stickers. And, there's a robot model to press out and make on the book's cover flaps. Fun and educational, kids can learn about this essential skill in a fresh and playful way.
"May even plant the seed for a lifetime passion for — or even a career in — the exciting world of computer coding." - How It Works Magazine
|Publication date:||7th September 2017|
|Publisher:||Ivy Kids an imprint of The Ivy Press|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fascinating Facts, Science / Technology|
|Other Categories:||The Academy Series|
Sean McManus is a UK-based author and journalist, specializing in coding and technology. Sean's coding books for adults and children include Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps (2016), Scratch Programming in Easy Steps (2013), Web Design in Easy Steps (2014), and Raspberry Pi For Dummies (co-authored, 2014).More About Sean McManus