Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How to Code: Level 1 & 2 by Max Wainewright -ADVISABLE

Wainewright, Max How to Code: Level 1 & 2, 32 pgs. Quatro Library, 2017. $10.
This is a review of Books 1 and 2. Book one provides foundational knowledge of computers and coding. It takes readers through some basic paper and pencil exercises that provide the basics of coding; such as putting the process of making breakfast in order and a games that can be played with a friend. Then in moves into coding programs that are free online Logo and Scratch. The illustrations are darling, fun, and incredibly useful. Book two delves into coding games in scratch using loops and adding sound effects. Each book includes a bit about debugging as well.

This is a perfect series for 3-6th graders who have access to a home computer and are interested in coding. I have a run on books like this at my school after we participate in the annual December Hour of Code event. If I had been allowed to take computer language classes instead of French in high school (let alone started in elementary!) –my life may have taken a more technical and intriguing path! Students will love the carefully chosen activities and the little characters who participate in the book, making it engaging and fun to progress through how-to book.

EL –ADVISABLE.  Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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