Series: Coding books for kids
By Rosie Dickins
Flaps to lift on every page reveal what goes on inside a computer, how coding works and how computers talk to each other across the internet. The principles of coding, from simple commands to algorithms, are explained with a treasure hunt game and puzzles, and there are examples of programs in the coding language Scratch™. Includes internet links to specially selected websites where children can discover more coding ideas, tips and games. Computer coding is now a compulsory topic on the UK National Curriculum for primary schools, and children learn to create and debug simple programs at Key Stage 1.
“Brings a really difficult topic to a level children can master.”
“A really first-class introduction for a wide age group.”
Books for Keeps
Rosie Dickins grew up in England and Hong Kong. An avid reader, she always loved making up her own stories. After studying literature at Oxford University, art in Paris and plenty of travelling, she settled in London, where she now works for Usborne Publishing. She has written over a hundred children's books, including award-winning non-fiction.
“A fun introduction to what can be seen as quite a technical subject.”
“I really liked the lift the flap game on the giving instructions page, which is where Pixel the Pirate has to be helped to find the treasure by following the instructions. Computer languages, such as Scratch, are very well introduced, and at a level that would be suitable for any junior school child (aged 7-11). There are links to Usborne's online activities too - very useful.”
Reader review, Toppsta
“With its equal mix of quirky facts and puzzles to try, Lift-the-flap Computers and Coding provides a whole new technique for learning how computer coding runs... The use of flaps and colourful cartoon-style illustrations helps bring a really difficult topic to a level children can master and many adults will find it useful too.”
“A good, useful guide and helpful for young coders.”
Evening Standard Christmas Gift Guide
“A colourful and straightforward introduction to computers and how they work...There is a light touch throughout, with plenty of humour and quirky facts, games and puzzles. A really first-class introduction for a wide age group.”
Books for Keeps
“The lively and highly visual presentation makes sense of what can be a tricky and complex topic - many adults will find it of interest too. It's an ideal way to foster children's interest in computers and to help their understanding so that they can get the most from their computing lessons at school.”
Parents in Touch
“A child-friendly intro to how computers are built, what they do and how they work.”
“Introduce your child to a vital subject the fun, (old school) interactive way with this colourful lift-the-flap guide to computers and the basics of coding.”
The School Run
For links to specially selected websites with video clips and activities or a pronunciation guide for this book, visit the Usborne Quicklinks website.