Best Python book(s) for a pre-teen?
sandysj at juno.com
Fri Feb 21 21:30:49 CET 2003
Mike Silva wrote:
> My son is 11 and wants to try programming, ... and I would now
> like to hand him a book ... and say "go have fun!" ...
The best book for young people to learn Python is:
_How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python_
by Allen B. Downey, Jeffrey Elkner and Chris Meyers
In dead tree form or free off the web:
Jeffrey Elkner is a high school teacher so the book is aimed
at this level. I plan on using this book for an after school
programming club in middle schools (7th-8th grade). You can
read an O'Reilly interview with Jeffrey Elkner here:
> I'd like him to be able to do simple graphics fairly early ...
The turtle module will let you do turtle graphics.
>>> from turtle import *
I should mention that I have been using Logo in the afterschool
programming club. Brian Harvey has a three book series:
_Computer Science Logo Style_, and offers a free version of Logo:
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