Best Python book(s) for a pre-teen?

Bob X bobx at
Tue Feb 18 20:49:24 CET 2003

"Mike Silva" <snarflemike at> wrote in message
news:20619edc.0302181127.6ad39e68 at
> Hi all,
> My son is 11 and wants to try programming, partly because it's what I
> do for a living.  Even though I don't (yet?) use or even know Python,
> through some unexplainable thought process I've decided it would be a
> good language to start him off with.  I've downloaded 2.2.2 and played
> around with it for a bit, and I would now like to hand him a book
> (with my guidance as needed) and say "go have fun!"  Is there a book
> that would be suitable for this approach (again, assuming I'm around
> to help out as needed)?
> One other question -- I'd like him to be able to do simple graphics
> fairly early, since I think it makes the whole self-learning process
> much more interesting.  I'm talking about things like points, lines,
> circles, fills, etc.  Is there a binding to the Win32 graphics
> primatives in 2.2.2, or can I find one someplace?  If this is a RTFM
> question, any pointers to TFM chapter, etc would be appreciated!
> Thanks for any guidance.  I'm sure I'll end up having at least as much
> fun as he does.
> Mike

The book by Alan Gauld is good.

"Learn to Program Using Python"

The cover says:

"A tutorial for Hobbyist, Self-Starters, and All Who Want to Learn
the Art of Computer Programming"


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