[sf-lug] Books for kids about programming

Jeff Bragg jackofnotrades at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 07:45:54 PDT 2009

I could be wrong, but I believe the second one is the same text Asheesh was
using while teaching a Python course through Noisebridge several months
ago.  I think Jim and Alex K. were attending for awhile, and could confirm
(or deny) that.

MIT's Scratch <http://scratch.mit.edu/> language might be of interest to
you.  It seems to be aimed at presenting basic programming concepts to kids
in an engaging way, and appears to be doing a decent job of it.

On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 3:12 AM, Bill Kendrick <nbs at sonic.net> wrote:

> A few years ago (2004?) I decided it would be a neat idea to write
> a book about programming for kids.  Maybe do it collaboratively, and
> release it under a nice open license.  I asked around (including this list)
> to figure out what modern language would be suitable for kids, and almost
> everyone said Python.
> Fast forward to 30 minutes ago.  I have not written a book, though the idea
> has been in the back of my mind.  Then I come across this book review over
> at Slashdot:
>  http://books.slashdot.org/story/09/07/13/1349203/Hello-World
> And one of the comments leads me to:
>  http://openbookproject.net/thinkCSpy/
> So apparently, while I was snoozing[*], TWO books have been created.
> "Hello World!" is a print book, written by a father/son team.
> "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist" is a collab'd book at the
> Open Book Project.
> How nifty is that!? :)
> [*] Changing jobs a few times, having our first baby, and moving back and
>    forth between towns. ;)  Oh, and developing/maintaining Tux Paint,
>    and helping run a Linux User Group, too!
> --
> -bill!
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