Usborne has been publishing award-winning computer books since the 1980s. Our latest books will give today's kids a clear understanding of computers and coding, which are compulsory school topics in the UK.
Scroll down to download free copies of the Usborne 1980s computer books. NB these programs don't work on modern computers.
This friendly book covers the basics of Python coding, with step-by-step instructions showing children how to use code to create games and programs, from a virtual bomb trap to spy encryption programs.
An accessible introduction, walking children through the basics before getting them started on some fun projects to stretch their skills. The Guardian
A friendly guide to coding in Scratch, with step-by-step instructions showing absolute beginners how to use code to create games and animations, from racing cars to virtual pets.
A super guide to coding for beginners... Written so clearly and simply that even a non-coding adult could understand it. Lancashire Evening Post review of Coding for Beginners using Scratch
Over 100 flaps to lift to discover what goes on inside a computer, how coding works and how computers talk to each other across the internet.
Helps bring a really difficult topic to a level children can master and many adults will find it useful too. LoveReading4Kids review of Lift-the-flap Computers and Coding
Just what goes on behind the screen, beneath the keyboard and inside the electronic "brain" of a computer? A fun and informative introduction to a key UK curriculum topic for young children.
This book will help anyone understand how computers work... The information is presented clearly and in such a fun and interactive way that children will hardly notice how much they’re learning. LoveReading4Kids
Many of today's tech professionals were inspired by the Usborne computing books they read as children. The books included program listings for such iconic computers as the ZX Spectrum, the BBC Micro and the Commodore 64, and are still used in some computer clubs today.
These pdf copies of the original Usborne Computer Guides published in the 1980s are free to download for your own personal or educational use. The books and files are the copyright of Usborne Publishing. You can provide a link to the pdfs from your website, but you may not host or distribute the original files.
These books were written for 1980s computers such as the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro. The programs will not run on modern computers. For any enquiries please use the Contact us form.
You may adapt any of the programs in these books to modern computer languages, and share the adaptations freely online. You may not use the adaptations for commercial purposes. Please credit the name of the Usborne book from which you adapted the program, and provide a link to this webpage.