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Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners Paperback – May 8, 2009
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About the Author
Warren Sande is an Electronic Systems Engineer who uses Python (and other languages) in his work, and also uses it to help teach his son about computers and programming. He holds a degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan as well as a Diploma in Communication Arts, specializing in Broadcasting, from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has taught introductory software courses to computer novices.
Carter Sande is a bright, curious, energetic, and thoughtful boy who loves computers, playing the piano, bouncing on the trampoline, and Mario. He has been playing and experimenting with computers from a young age.
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One thing to be aware of is that the book is Python 2. I was more interested in a book to teach how to program than a specific language so this is fine for me, but if you want Python 3 this isn't for you. However, the book seems well laid out so far starting with fun stuff to get interest, doing a few chapters of actual lessons and then a programming a game that uses the lessons. It assumes no programming knowledge of any kind but for that seems fairly complete in what it covers (as least as far as the core python, don't expect an exhaustive detail of every add on package, though it does hit some guis and a little numpy).
The publisher also offers the pdf free with purchase of the print book. And they have an installer on their website which installs all the packages used in the book of the same version the book used, so it's easy to make sure version differences don't slow your kiddo down (they'll need to learn to deal with those, but one thing at a time).
In short, great well-written intro book for kids.
The pacing is perfect, and it introduces the basics of programming in a very fun way. He was angling for more computer time, just so he could make more progress in the book. That's a huge win in my opinion.