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Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming

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Author/s    : Bryson Payne
Publisher   : No Starch Press
Category   : Other
Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating        : 9 horseshoes

"Teach your Kids to Code" is a book for parents and children to read together. Except the intro. The intro is for adults only. The book doesn't assume the parent knows how to code. It does assume your kid is old enough to read and type.

The font is big and there are lots of pictures. Both of the screen and just cute entertaining ones. Some were merely cute like the dragon. Others were nice references to things that geeky parents might like - remember logo? There's a turtle. There's a robot that looks like Rosie in the Jetsons. And a toy like Mr Potato Head.

There's a lot of emphasis on play. Both with programs like MadLibs and by experiment with making changes to the code. There's also a lot of emphasis on visuals like making pretty shapes.

There were a couple places where I felt like it was too advanced. For example, the word "exponent" was used without explaining. But a parent who hates math would at least Google that.

Overall, I liked it. The explanations were clear and easy to read. I feel like a kid could actually learn from it. All I need is a kid around to test it with!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing it on behalf of CodeRanch.

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