Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Get Coding! by Candlewick Press -ESSENTIAL

Candlewick Get Coding! 205 pgs. Candlewick Press, 2017. $12.99  NON-FICTION
This book has 6 missions relating the discovery of a large diamond. The reader/coder creates a website step by step based on the story. It starts with basic HTML, then moves into adding new elements via CSS and JAVAscript. Young coders can retrieve images from the book’s website to supplement their creation (and get help and tips). Features lots of little illustrations and informational tidbits.
I LOVED this book! A student coder can learn to create a fun website from this easy to read and easy to use book. The missions are awesome and add a ton of interest as the reader feels like they are part of a story, making the creation process easier to understand! A teacher could use this book and use each mission to take a class on computers through the entire web creation process. I thought it would be too overwhelming to throw in three types of computer language but the book does an excellent of explaining the necessity of all three in the process and seamlessly pulls them all together in a manageable way. This has been my favorite coding book so far, I can’t wait until it comes out in August 2017. Best for upper elementary and middle school.

EL, MS –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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