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Thursday, October 24, 2019

How To Be A Coder: Learn to THINK like a coder with fun activities, then CODE in Scratch 3.0 online! by Kiki Prottsman

How To Be A Coder: Learn to THINK like a coder with fun activities, then CODE in Scratch 3.0 online!
by Kiki Prottsman
DK. Penguin Random House. 2019


Interested in coding? How to be a coder incorporates facts and craft activities to help students learn how to think and act like a coder. Fun activities are interspersed with sidebars and chapters with more information on some famous coders, such as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, and Katherine Johnson. 

“Coders have all kinds of talents. One thing that most coders share, however, is a love of problem-solving.” The seven characters of a coder include:
  1. Coders think ahead.
  2. Coders break things down.
  3. Coders are imaginative.
  4. Coders are careful.
  5. Coders solve mysteries.
  6. Coders are persistent.
  7. Coders don’t give up.

The book design is very similar to other DK titles. Short text mixed with photographs and graphics keep readers interested in turning the page. 

Back matter includes an answer key to suggested activities, a bit more information on the history of the computer, and a glossary. 

A great addition to any library where people have an interest in learning more about how to code.


I borrowed a copy of this book from my local public library to write this review.

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