What if learning to code a programming languages was like learning to speak a new language. Studies have shown that the earlier in life you are exposed to a language, the easier it is to learn the language later in life. So if you want your children to be comfortable with programming when they’re older, it would make sense to expose them to the different programming languages. Now sitting them in front of a computer, and running scripts of code in front of them isn’t an age appropriate way for your children to learn. But young children DO love to read with their parents! I’ve found 8 baby coding books to advantage of the bonding time of reading with your child to help them also become familiar with code!
8 Baby Coding Books to Share with your young children
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Another programming language used to build websites, HTML is essential for budding programmers to be familiar with! Brightly colored to attract young children, the book introduces the basics of the HTML, to enable easier understanding as they grow up.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the programming language that describes how a website will look, including layout, fonts, and colors. CSS for Babies will introduce your kids with visual patterns and symbols, making it easier for them to create their own beautiful websites in the future.
Baby Loves Coding introduces young kids to using logic, sequence, and patterns to solve problems. At its very basis, coding is nothing but logic statements, sequences of events, and familiar patterns. This book is more interactive with a babies world, and uses items like toys to teach logic.
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I received the following books for free from Girls Who Code, but my opinions of the books are my own.
The Baby Code! Series introduces babies to code by showing where it is used in their everyday life. For example, in Baby Code! Play a baby is shown swinging with their daddy at a playground, and then playing in an automatic swing. The book explains that code is used to make the swing move, and even shows what code is used! In Baby Code! Music, baby plays a toy piano, while his daddy plays his electric piano, and code for the electric piano is shown by the daddy. Baby Code! Art shows baby doing several different art projects, then shows tools (like printers and tablets) that also create art! Showing children where code is used in their life, they will be comfortable with the idea of code, and even be familiar with some simple commands.
All these baby coding books will make programming less daunting to them later in life by showing them where and how code is used. They are all also very affordable, which makes them a great addition to any home library!
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