Bestselling Computers & Technology Books for 9 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling computers & technology books for 9 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book (Full Color): A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Programming Robots

by: Laurens Valk
Release date: Jun 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 396
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LEGO MINDSTORMS has changed the way we think about robotics by making it possible for anyone to build real, working robots. The latest MINDSTORMS set, EV3, is more powerful than ever, and The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete, beginner-friendly guide you need to get started.

Begin with the basics as you build and program a simple robot to experiment with motors, sensors, and EV3 programming. Then you’ll move on to a series of increasingly sophisticated robots that will show you how to work with advanced programming techniques like data wires, variables, and custom-made programming blocks. You’ll also learn essential building techniques like how to use beams, gears, and connector blocks effectively in your own designs.

Master the possibilities of the EV3 set as you build and program:

  • The EXPLOR3R, a wheeled vehicle that uses sensors to navigate around a room and follow lines
  • The FORMULA EV3 RACE CAR, a streamlined remote-controlled race car
  • ANTY, a six-legged walking creature that adapts its behavior to its surroundings
  • SK3TCHBOT, a robot that lets you play games on the EV3 screen
  • The SNATCH3R, a robotic arm that can autonomously find, grab, lift, and move the infrared beacon
  • LAVA R3X, a humanoid robot that walks and talks

More than 150 building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and apply what you’ve learned to invent your own robots. With The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book as your guide, you’ll be building your own out-of-this-world creations in no time!

Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set (LEGO SET #31313)

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & Robotics

2. Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

by: Jason R. Briggs
Release date: Dec 22, 2012
Number of Pages: 344
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For Kids Aged 10+ (And Their Parents)

The code in this book runs on almost anything: Windows, Mac, Linux, even an OLPC laptop or Raspberry Pi!

Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to use! But books about learning to program in Python can be kind of dull, gray, and boring, and that’s no fun for anyone.

Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings you (and your parents) into the world of programming. The ever-patient Jason R. Briggs will guide you through the basics as you experiment with unique (and often hilarious) example programs that feature ravenous monsters, secret agents, thieving ravens, and more. New terms are defined; code is colored, dissected, and explained; and quirky, full-color illustrations keep things on the lighter side.

Chapters end with programming puzzles designed to stretch your brain and strengthen your understanding. By the end of the book you’ll have programmed two complete games: a clone of the famous Pong and “Mr. Stick Man Races for the Exit”—a platform game with jumps, animation, and much more.

As you strike out on your programming adventure, you’ll learn how to:

  • Use fundamental data structures like lists, tuples, and maps
  • Organize and reuse your code with functions and modules
  • Use control structures like loops and conditional statements
  • Draw shapes and patterns with Python’s turtle module
  • Create games, animations, and other graphical wonders with tkinter

Why should serious adults have all the fun? Python for Kids is your ticket into the amazing world of computer programming.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Programming

3. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Idea Book: 181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions

by: Yoshihito Isogawa
Release date: Nov 21, 2014
Number of Pages: 232
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The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Idea Book explores dozens of creative ways to build amazing mechanisms with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set. Each model includes a list of the required parts, minimal text, and colorful photographs from multiple angles so you can re-create it without the need for step-by-step instructions.

You’ll learn to build cars with real suspension, steerable crawlers, ball-shooters, grasping robotic arms, and other creative marvels. Each model demonstrates simple mechanical principles that you can use as building blocks for your own creations.

Best of all, every part you need to build these machines comes in one LEGO set (#31313)!

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4. Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math

by: Majed Marji
Release date: Feb 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 288
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Scratch is a fun, free, beginner-friendly programming environment where you connect blocks of code to build programs. While most famously used to introduce kids to programming, Scratch can make computer science approachable for people of any age. Rather than type countless lines of code in a cryptic programming language, why not use colorful command blocks and cartoon sprites to create powerful scripts?

In Learn to Program with Scratch, author Majed Marji uses Scratch to explain the concepts essential to solving real-world programming problems. The labeled, color-coded blocks plainly show each logical step in a given script, and with a single click, you can even test any part of your script to check your logic. You’ll learn how to:

  • Harness the power of repeat loops and recursion
  • Use if/else statements and logical operators to make decisions
  • Store data in variables and lists to use later in your program
  • Read, store, and manipulate user input
  • Implement key computer science algorithms like a linear search and bubble sort

Hands-on projects will challenge you to create an Ohm’s law simulator, draw intricate patterns, program sprites to mimic line-following robots, create arcade-style games, and more! Each chapter is packed with detailed explanations, annotated illustrations, guided examples, lots of color, and plenty of exercises to help the lessons stick. Learn to Program with Scratch is the perfect place to start your computer science journey, painlessly.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Entertainment & Games

5. The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming (Full Color)

by: Terry Griffin
Release date: Jan 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 276
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With its colorful, block-based interface, The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 programming language is designed to allow anyone to program intelligent robots, but its powerful features can be intimidating at first. The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming is a full-color, beginner-friendly guide designed to bridge that gap.

Inside, you’ll discover how to combine core EV3 elements like blocks, data wires, files, and variables to create sophisticated programs. You’ll also learn good programming practices, memory management, and helpful debugging strategies—general skills that will be relevant to programming in any language.

All of the book’s programs work with one general-purpose test robot that you’ll build early on. As you follow along, you’ll program your robot to:

  • React to different environments and respond to commands
  • Follow a wall to navigate a maze
  • Display drawings that you input with dials, sensors, and data wires on the EV3 screen
  • Play a Simon Says-style game that uses arrays to save your high score
  • Follow a line using a PID-type controller like the ones in real industrial systems

The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming covers both the Home and Education Editions of the EV3 set, making it perfect for kids, parents, and teachers alike. Whether your robotics lab is the living room or the classroom, this is the complete guide to EV3 programming that you’ve been waiting for.

Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Home OR Education set (#31313 OR #45544)

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6. Secret Coders

by: Gene Luen YangMike Holmes
Release date: Sep 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 96
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Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what’s popularly known as the MacArthur “Genius” Grant.

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

7. Who Was Steve Jobs?

by: Pam PollackMeg BelvisoJohn O’BrienNancy Harrison
Release date: Mar 29, 2012
Number of Pages: 112
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Steve Jobs, adopted in infancy by a family in San Francisco, packed a lot of life into fifty-six short years. In this Who Was…? biography, children will learn how his obsession with computers and technology at an early age led him to co-found and run Apple, in addition to turning Pixar into a ground-breaking animation studio. A college dropout, Jobs took unconventional steps in his path to success and inspired the best and the brightest to come with him and “change the world.”
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8. The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines

by: Yoshihito Isogawa
Release date: Oct 25, 2010
Number of Pages: 168
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The LEGO® Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines is a collection of hundreds of working examples of simple yet fascinating Technic models that you can build based on their pictures alone. Each project uses color-coded pieces and is photographed from multiple angles, making it easy to see how the models are assembled without the need for step-by-step instructions. Every model illustrates a different principle, concept, or mechanism that will inspire your own original creations. You’re encouraged to use these elements as building blocks to create your own masterpieces.

The Technic models in Simple Machines demonstrate basic configurations of gears, shafts, pulleys, turntables, connectors, and the like. You’ll learn how to create small, elegant machines like cranes, operable doors, motorized cars, a rubber band-powered rocket launcher, a hand-cranked drag racer, and even musical instruments.

This visual guide, the first in the three-volume LEGO Technic Idea Book series, is the brainchild of master builder Yoshihito Isogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Each title is filled with photos of Isogawa’s unique models, all of which are designed to fire the imaginations of LEGO builders young and old.

Imagine. Create. Invent. Now, what will you build?

NOTE: The LEGO Technic Idea Book series uses parts from various Technic sets. If you don’t have some of the pieces shown in a particular model, experiment by substituting your own parts or visit the No Starch Press website for a list of the special parts used in the book.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

9. Paths & Portals (Secret Coders)

by: Gene Luen YangMike Holmes
Release date: Aug 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 96
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Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what’s popularly known as the MacArthur “Genius” Grant.

There’s something lurking beneath the surface of Stately Academy?literally. In a secret underground classroom Hopper, Eni, and Josh discover that the campus was once home to the Bee School, an institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper and her friends are eager to follow in this tradition and become top-rate coders. But why are Principal Dean and the rugby team suddenly so interested in their extracurricular activities?

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes the second volume of Secret Coders, Paths & Portals, a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

10. Who Is Bill Gates? (Who Was…?)

by: Patricia Brennan DemuthTed HammondNancy Harrison
Release date: Mar 21, 2013
Number of Pages: 112
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Bill Gates, born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955, is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. In this Who Was…? biography, children will learn of Gates’ childhood passion for computer technology, which led him to revolutionize personal computers. Through the success of his now-world-famous software company, Microsoft, Bill Gates became one of the wealthiest philanthropists in history.This fascinating story of a child technology genius is sure to captivate any audience!
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11. Scratch Programming Playground: Learn to Program by Making Cool Games

by: Al Sweigart
Release date: Oct 08, 2016
Number of Pages: 288
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Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners, and in Scratch Programming Playground, you’ll learn to program by making cool games. Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit!

Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges to make the game your own. Want to add more levels or a cheat code? No problem, just write some code.

You’ll make games like:

  • Maze Runner: escape the maze!
  • Snaaaaaake: gobble apples and avoid your own tail
  • Asteroid Breaker: smash space rocks
  • Fruit Slicer: a Fruit Ninja clone
  • Brick Breaker: a remake of Breakout, the brick-breaking classic
  • Platformer: a game inspired by Super Mario Bros.

Learning how to program shouldn’t be dry and dreary. With Scratch Programming Playground, you’ll make a game of it!

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Entertainment & Games

12. JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

by: Nick Morgan
Release date: Dec 12, 2014
Number of Pages: 336
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JavaScript is the programming language of the Internet, the secret sauce that makes the Web awesome, your favorite sites interactive, and online games fun!

JavaScript for Kids is a lighthearted introduction that teaches programming essentials through patient, step-by-step examples paired with funny illustrations. You’ll begin with the basics, like working with strings, arrays, and loops, and then move on to more advanced topics, like building interactivity with jQuery and drawing graphics with Canvas.

Along the way, you’ll write games such as Find the Buried Treasure, Hangman, and Snake. You’ll also learn how to:

  • Create functions to organize and reuse your code
  • Write and modify HTML to create dynamic web pages
  • Use the DOM and jQuery to make your web pages react to user input
  • Use the Canvas element to draw and animate graphics
  • Program real user-controlled games with collision detection and score keeping

With visual examples like bouncing balls, animated bees, and racing cars, you can really see what you’re programming. Each chapter builds on the last, and programming challenges at the end of each chapter will stretch your brain and inspire your own amazing programs. Make something cool with JavaScript today!

Ages 10+ (and their parents!)

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Programming

13. Scratch Coding Cards: Creative Coding Activities for Kids

by: Natalie RuskThe MIT Scratch Team
Release date: Nov 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 75
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Want to introduce kids to coding in a fun and creative way?

With the Scratch Coding Cards, kids learn to code as they create interactive games, stories, music, and animations. The short-and-simple activities provide an inviting entry point into Scratch, the graphical programming language used by millions of kids around the world.

Kids can use this colorful 75-card deck to create a variety of interactive programming projects. They’ll create their own version of Pong, Write an Interactive Story, Create a Virtual Pet, Play Hide and Seek, and more!

Each card features step-by-step instructions for beginners to start coding with Scratch. The front of the card shows an activity kids can do with Scratch–like animating a character or keeping score in a game. The back shows how to put together code blocks to make the projects come to life! Along the way, kids learn key coding concepts, such as sequencing, conditionals, and variables.

This collection of coding activity cards is perfect for sharing among small groups in homes and schools.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Entertainment & Games

14. Make: Tools: How They Work and How to Use Them

by: Charles Platt
Release date: Oct 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 272
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Whether you’re interested in becoming a handyman or developing artisanal woodworking skills, the place to begin is by learning the fundamentals of using basic workshop tools correctly. The place to find out how is right here. Make: Tools is shop class in a book.

Consumer-level 3D printers and CNC machines are opening up new possibilities for makers. But there will always be a need for traditional workshop skills and tools. Charles Platt’s Make: Tools applies the same approach to its subject matter as his bestselling Make: Electronics — in-depth explanations and hands-on projects that gradually increase in level of challenge.

Illustrated in full color with hundreds of photographs and line drawings, the book serves as a perfect introduction to workshop tools and materials for young adults and adults alike. Platt focuses on basic hands tools and assumes no prior experience or knowledge on the part of the reader. The projects all result in fun games, toys, and puzzles. The book serves as both a hands-on tutorial a reference that will be returned to again and again.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

15. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

by: Laurie WallmarkApril Chu
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world’s first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Programming

16. George’s Secret Key Paperback Collection: George’s Secret Key to the Universe; George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt; George and the Big Bang

by: Lucy HawkingStephen HawkingGarry Parsons
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 992
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Join George and Annie as they explore the galaxy in this cosmic adventure series from acclaimed scientist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy Hawking.

This three-book collection includes:
George’s Secret Key to the Universe
George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt
George and the Big Bang

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

17. Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer

by: Fiona Robinson
Release date: Aug 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.
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18. Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming

by: Bryson Payne
Release date: May 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 336
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Teach Your Kids to Code is a parent’s and teacher’s guide to teaching kids basic programming and problem solving using Python, the powerful language used in college courses and by tech companies like Google and IBM.

Step-by-step explanations will have kids learning computational thinking right away, while visual and game-oriented examples hold their attention. Friendly introductions to fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and functions will help even the youngest programmers build the skills they need to make their own cool games and applications.

Whether you’ve been coding for years or have never programmed anything at all, Teach Your Kids to Code will help you show your young programmer how to:

  • Explore geometry by drawing colorful shapes with Turtle graphics
  • Write programs to encode and decode messages, play Rock-Paper-Scissors, and calculate how tall someone is in Ping-Pong balls
  • Create fun, playable games like War, Yahtzee, and Pong
  • Add interactivity, animation, and sound to their apps

Teach Your Kids to Code is the perfect companion to any introductory programming class or after-school meet-up, or simply your educational efforts at home. Spend some fun, productive afternoons at the computer with your kids—you can all learn something!

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19. So, You Want to Be a Coder?: The Ultimate Guide to a Career in Programming, Video Game Creation, Robotics, and More! (Be What You Want)

by: Jane (J. M.) Bedell
Release date: May 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 256
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Love coding? Make your passion your profession with this comprehensive guide that reveals a whole host of careers working with code.

Behind the screen of your phone, tablet, computer, or game console lies a secret language that allows it all to work. Computer code has become as integral to our daily lives as reading and writing, even if you didn’t know it! Now it’s time to plug in and start creating the same technology you’re using every day.

Covering everything from navigating the maze of computer languages to writing code for games to cyber security and artificial intelligence, So, You Want to Be a Coder? debugs the secrets behind a career in the diverse and state-of-the-art industry.

In addition to tips and interviews from industry professionals, So, You Want to Be a Coder? includes inspiring stories from kids who are working with code right now, plus activities, a glossary, and helpful resources to put you on the path to a fun and rewarding career with computer code today!

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Entertainment & Games

20. How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn how to create your own blog, vlog, or podcast and get it out in the blogosphere! (Super Skills)

by: Shane Birley
Release date: Jun 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 64
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In this new addition to the Super Skills series, children can master a new digital talent–creating blogs, vlogs, and podcasts–in 10 easy lessons! Each stage is fully illustrated with step-by-step illustrations and photographs, so children can learn 10 key skills to develop and promote an exciting new online blog or vlog. Along with professional tips and practical techniques, this book will help young readers become expert bloggers in no time. From planning what to share with the world to learning how to stay safe online, this book leads the way.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

21. DK Workbooks: Computer Coding

by: DK
Release date: Aug 18, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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Take kids from browsing to building with DK Workbooks: Computer Coding. Created for children ages 6–9, this highly visual workbook builds basic programming skills using Python, a free computer coding program and language available for download.

Perfect for beginner coders, DK Workbooks: Computer Coding explains how computer coding works and teaches kids how to complete simple coding actions with clear, step-by-step instructions and fun pixel art. All they need is a desktop or laptop, and an internet connection to download Python 3.

From creating lists to solving math problems to controlling a robot in a maze, young coders will learn how to think like a computer. Kids can even test their coding knowledge with written quizzes at the end of each section and a glossary at the back of the book.

Supporting STEM education initiatives, computer coding teaches kids how to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically, and is quickly becoming a necessary and sought-after skill. DK’s computer coding books are full of fun exercises with step-by-step guidance, making them the perfect introductory tools for building vital skills in computer programming.

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22. Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (Covers Version 2): Learn to Program by Making Cool Games

by: The LEAD Project
Release date: Oct 31, 2013
Number of Pages: 160
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Scratch is the wildly popular educational programming language used by millions of first-time learners in classrooms and homes worldwide. By dragging together colorful blocks of code, kids can learn computer programming concepts and make cool games and animations. The latest version, Scratch 2, brings the language right into your web browser, with no need to download software.

In Super Scratch Programming Adventure!, kids learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They’ll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed (and played!) in an afternoon. Patient, step-by-step explanations of the code and fun programming challenges will have kids creating their own games in no time.

This full-color comic book makes programming concepts like variables, flow control, and subroutines effortless to absorb. Packed with ideas for games that kids will be proud to show off, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! is the perfect first step for the budding programmer.

For Ages 8 and Up

Now Updated for Scratch 2

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23. The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions

by: Yoshihito Isogawa
Release date: Oct 25, 2010
Number of Pages: 176
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The LEGO® Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions is a collection of hundreds of working examples of simple yet fascinating Technic models that you can build based on their pictures alone. Each project uses color-coded pieces and is photographed from multiple angles, making it easy to see how the models are assembled without the need for step-by-step instructions. Every model illustrates a different principle, concept, or mechanism that will inspire your own original creations. You’re encouraged to use these elements as building blocks to create your own masterpieces.

The Technic models in Fantastic Contraptions include working catapults, crawling spiders, and bipedal walkers, as well as gadgets powered by fans, propellers, springs, magnets, and vibration. You’ll even learn how to add lights, pneumatics, and solar panels to your own models.

This visual guide, the third in the three-volume LEGO Technic Idea Book series, is the brainchild of master builder Yoshihito Isogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Each title is filled with photos of Isogawa’s unique models, all of which are designed to fire the imaginations of LEGO builders young and old.

Imagine. Create. Invent. Now, what will you build?

NOTE: The LEGO Technic Idea Book series uses parts from various Technic sets. If you don’t have some of the pieces shown in a particular model, experiment by substituting your own parts or visit the No Starch Press website for a list of the special parts used in the book.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

24. The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders

by: Yoshihito Isogawa
Release date: Oct 25, 2010
Number of Pages: 144
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The LEGO® Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders is a collection of hundreds of mechanisms for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles that you can build based on their pictures alone. Each project uses color-coded pieces and is photographed from multiple angles, making it easy to see how the models are assembled without the need for step-by-step instructions. Every model illustrates a different principle, concept, or mechanism that will inspire your own original creations. You’re encouraged to use these elements as building blocks to create your own masterpieces.

The Technic models in Wheeled Wonders spin or move things, drag race, haul heavy gear, bump off walls, wind up and go, and much more. You’ll discover how to build differential gears, implement steering and suspension, and design clutch and transmission systems to use in your own vehicles.

This visual guide, the second in the three-volume LEGO Technic Idea Book series, is the brainchild of master builder Yoshihito Isogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Each title is filled with photos of Isogawa’s unique models, all of which are designed to fire the imaginations of LEGO builders young and old.

Imagine. Create. Invent. Now, what will you build?

NOTE: The LEGO Technic Idea Book series uses parts from various Technic sets. If you don’t have some of the pieces shown in a particular model, experiment by substituting your own parts or visit the No Starch Press website for a list of the special parts used in the book.

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25. Dinotopia, The World Beneath: 20th Anniversary Edition (Calla Editions)

by: James GurneyMichael Brett-Surman
Release date: Aug 22, 2012
Number of Pages: 192
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The voyage of discovery that Arthur Denison and his son, Will, began in Dinotopia continues in The World Beneath. Professor Denison and Will have been living on Dinotopia for several years, learning the marvels of this lost island continent where dinosaurs and humans have coexisted peacefully for centuries, cut off from the rest of the world.
Now Professor Denison decides to explore the natural mysteries of Dinotopia. He turns his attention to the ancient caves that point to a long-lost Dinotopian civilization that seems to have used a technology beyond any that the Professor has ever before encountered. His journey takes him deeper and deeper into the heart of Dinotopia, into the World Beneath. Little does he know that his quest to uncover Dinotopia’s deepest mystery will soon become a desperate race to save the very existence of the island.
Beloved by a generation of readers, James Gurney’s classic story returns in this lavish edition from Calla Editions™. The artwork has been reproduced from new plates digitally scanned from the original transparencies. This unabridged, expanded edition includes 30 additional pages, including a new Foreword by paleontologist Michael Brett-Surman and an Afterword by the author with over 40 behind-the-scenes sketches and photos.

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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

26. Secrets & Sequences (Secret Coders)

by: Gene Luen YangMike Holmes
Release date: Mar 07, 2017
Number of Pages: 112
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Stately Academy is no ordinary school: it was once home to an elite institute where teachers, students, and robots worked together to unravel the mysteries of coding. Hopper, Eni, and Josh won’t rest until they’ve learned the whole story, but they aren’t the only ones interested in the school’s past. Principal Dean is hot on their trail, demanding that the coders turn over their most powerful robot. Dean may be a creep, but he’s nothing compared to the guy who’s really in charge: a green-skinned coding genius named Professor One-Zero.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

27. Make: Action: Movement, Light, and Sound with Arduino and Raspberry Pi

by: Simon Monk
Release date: Mar 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 360
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Beginning with the basics and moving gradually to greater challenges, this book takes you step-by-step through experiments and projects that show you how to make your Arduino or Raspberry Pi create and control movement, light, and sound. In other words: action!

The Arduino is a simple microcontroller with an easy-to-learn programming environment, while the Raspberry Pi is a tiny Linux-based computer. This book clearly explains the differences between the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, when to use them, and to which purposes each are best suited.

Using these widely available and inexpensive platforms, you’ll learn to control LEDs, motors of various types, solenoids, AC (alternating current) devices, heaters, coolers, displays, and sound. You’ll even discover how to monitor and control these devices over the Internet. Working with solderless breadboards, you’ll get up and running quickly, learning how to make projects that are as fun as they are informative. In Make: Action, you’ll learn to:

  • Build a can crusher using a linear actuator with your Arduino
  • Have an Arduino water your plants
  • Build a personal traffic signal using LEDs
  • Make a random balloon popper with Arduino
  • Cool down your beverages with a thermostatic drink cooler you build yourself
  • Understand and use the PID control algorithm
  • Use Raspberry Pi to create a puppet dance party that moves to your tweets!
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28. The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide

by: Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec
Release date: Nov 09, 2012
Number of Pages: 352
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The LEGO® Technic system opens a new realm of building possibilities. Using motors, gears, pneumatics, pulleys, linkages, and more, you can design LEGO models that really move.

The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide is filled with building tips for creating strong yet elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec will teach you the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from simple machines to advanced mechanics, even explaining how to create realistic to-scale models. Sariel, a world-renowned LEGO Technic expert, offers unique insight into mechanical principles like torque, power translation, and gear ratios, all using Technic bricks. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create sturdy connections that can withstand serious stress
  • Re-create specialized LEGO pieces like casings and u-joints, and build solutions like Schmidt and Oldham couplings, when no standard piece will do
  • Build custom differentials, suspensions, transmissions, and steering systems
  • Pick the right motor for the job—and transform its properties to suit your needs
  • Combine studfull and studless building styles for a stunning look
  • Create remote-controlled vehicles, lighting systems, motorized compressors, and pneumatic engines

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book will inspire you with ideas for building amazing machines like tanks with suspended treads, supercars, cranes, bulldozers, and much more. Your Technic adventure starts now!

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29. Using the TI-84 Plus: Also Covers the TI-84 Plus CE and TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition

by: Christopher R. Mitchell
Release date: Jul 11, 2015
Number of Pages: 376
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Summary

This easy-to-follow book includes terrific tutorials and plenty of exercises and examples that let you learn by doing. It starts by giving you a hands-on orientation to the TI-84 Plus calculator. Then, you’ll start exploring key features while you tackle problems just like the ones you’ll see in your math and science classes.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About this Book

With so many features and functions, the TI-84 Plus graphing calculator can be a little intimidating. But fear not if you have this book in your hand! In it you’ll find terrific tutorials ranging from mastering basic skills to advanced graphing and calculation techniques, along with countless examples and exercises that let you learn by doing.

Using the TI-84 Plus, Second Edition starts by making you comfortable with the screens, buttons, and special vocabulary you’ll use every time you fire up the TI-84 Plus. Then, you’ll master key features and techniques while you tackle problems just like the ones you’ll see in your math and science classes. You’ll even get tips for using the TI-84 Plus on the SAT and ACT math sections!

No advanced knowledge of math or science is required.

What’s Inside

  • Learn hands-on with real examples and exercises
  • Find specific answers fast
  • Compliant with all models of the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus
  • Full coverage of the color-screen TI-84 Plus CE and TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
  • Christopher Mitchell, PhD. is a research scientist studying distributed systems, the founder of the programming and calculator support site cemetech.net, and the author of Manning’s Programming the TI-83 Plus/ TI-84 Plus.

    Table of Contents

    PART 1 BASICS AND ALGEBRA ON THE TI-84 PLUS

  1. What can your calculator do?
  2. Get started with your calculator
  3. Basic graphing
  4. Variables, matrices, and lists
  5. PART 2 PRECALCULUS AND CALCULUS

  6. Expanding your graphing skills
  7. Precalculus and your calculator
  8. Calculus on the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus
  9. PART 3 STATISTICS, PROBABILITY, AND FINANCE

  10. Calculating and plotting statistics
  11. Working with probability and distributions
  12. Financial tools
  13. PART 4 GOING FURTHER WITH THE TI-83 PLUS/TI-84 PLUS

  14. Turbocharging math with programming
  15. The TI-84 Plus CE and TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition
  16. Now what?
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30. George and the Unbreakable Code (George’s Secret Key)

by: Stephen HawkingLucy HawkingGarry Parsons
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 352
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George and Annie are off on another cosmic adventure to figure out why strange things are happening on Earth in the fourth book of the George’s Secret Key series from Stephen and Lucy Hawking.

George and his best friend Annie haven’t had any space adventures for a while and they’re missing the excitement. But not for long, because seriously strange things have started happening.

Banks are handing out free money, supermarkets aren’t able to charge for their produce so people are getting free food, and aircrafts are refusing to fly. It looks like the world’s biggest and best computers have all been hacked. And no one knows why…

It’s up to George and Annie to travel further into space than ever before in order to find out what—or who—is behind it.

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