My First Computer Coding Book Using Scratch Jr.
Consider this a good starting point for the eager but ignorant to-be coder. Serving as both an introduction to computers and programming, the book begins with a broad explanation of what a computer is, how it works, and how it processes instructions. As the material becomes more specific, concepts like “processing instructions in order” and “computers do exactly what they’re told” serve as the transition to introducing Scratch Jr. Once the (literal) building blocks are explained, a series of mini-projects (such as moving objects, painting, sound, and avoiding obstacles) highlight the capabilities of Scratch Jr. Instructions are clear and rely on very precise screenshots to guide the student. Colorful, humorous illustrations help flesh out the pages, providing further interest for the young coder. Though the scope is limited and the projects are short, this should serve as both a gauge of interest and a springboard for more advanced materials.
This fun, friendly guide is a perfect first introduction to computer coding. Discover how computers work and what coding does then follow simple, step-by-step instructions to code your own stories and games. The coding uses Scratch Jr., a computer language designed for beginners, and Scratch Jr is available as a free app for both iPad and Android tablets.