Just last week an excited group of kids asked me what was the best way to learn computer programming. I had once taught classes in BASIC and HTML/JAVASCRIPT, but technology has gotten more complex making our devices all that smarter. Anyone can play around with coding concepts, but to become proficient you need to know the backbone of what makes them work.

Ente51xhK2j3r+L._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgr NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS and their perfect timing with CODE THIS!

Here’s the official background on this new engaging title:

Programming concepts come to life in this kid-friendly intro to the basics of computer science and coding, with puzzles, games, and quirky characters.  As part of the Coder Crew and with the help of Cody the Robot, readers are “on a mission” to write algorithms to find hidden treasures, decode ciphers to read secret messages, create loops to program an expedition, and dive into concepts like constraints, debugging and binary code. 

First off, you don’t need a computer while using this title. All the learning takes place through four chapters with paper and pencil coding practice. Using bright, never boring text and layouts, even the novice will soon be writing their own algorithms. Fun challenges put users to task and not only will they be learning how to code, but some of the concepts might help them approach daily problems in a different way.

Optimize, Trial and Error, and Debug.

Solutions to all of the challenges are provided in the AFTERWORD. Then A GO FURTHER section takes programming interest to a more advanced level.  HTML and PYTHON scripts are broken down making each language understandable.

CODE THIS! would be the perfect gift for the coding enthusiast in your life. Computers wouldn’t be that smart without humans writing the code to make them work. This title might be the launching pad for our next generation of coders.


If you missed my post this past Wednesday I’m doing a Giveaway of another new National Geographic title: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN INDIAN. All the details are here as to how to win a hardback copy of this beautiful new book.


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1 Response to CODE THIS!

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I need to find a copy of this exciting book. Lots of great ideas to learn here for me too.

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