Book Review: Javascript for Kids For Dummies

Kids and coding is all the buzz these days. However, not everyone has the resources for a full-on technology camp for their children or the knowledge of how to begin to teach this skill set at home.  This is where a great guide book comes in handy, and one that I can strongly recommend is JavaScript For Kids For Dummies by Chris Minnick and Eva Holland. JavaScript is the computer programming language that enables web pages to be dynamic, colorful and interactive. It is integral to much of the technology we use everyday.

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JavaScript for Kids for Dummies hit a home run for ease of use in my house.  My 10-year-old daughter and I nestled down at the computer, and using only a web browser and the book, JavaScript came alive before our eyes.  The best part of using this book was the fact that my daughter could use it all by herself.  I could actually walk away from the computer as she experimented with the projects. She quickly discovered that just one errant character or wrong letter in a line of code resulted in no output; coding requires precision. Yet within about five minute’s time, she was able to execute code to solve math problems, splash words across the screen, and create dialog boxes. She understood the relationship between what she typed and what was displayed on the computer screen. And she wanted to do more, even after stumbling through a few mistakes.

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The book also earned bonus points with my family for the sheer fact that the coding exercises were fun, and allowed for creativity. By integrating the use of online web applications, such as JSFiddle, kids work using a visual interface that shows both the input and output on a split screen. My daughter’s favorite beginning exercise was changing the colors and line densities on an on-screen bubble machine. She loved that she could see exactly the point in the code where the color controls occurred, and that she could easily select new colors for the design from a reference table in the book.

More advanced coding projects in the book allow kids to build their own animated robot and create games. Kids can also learn how to upload their completed game to their own website for free. Each lesson builds upon the information from the previous chapter, so kids really get to see the big picture of how coding works as they progress. And as with many other of the For Dummies series books, highly technical terms are explained to kids using plain English and real-world examples. Even my 13-year-old son was interested in what this book had to offer.

JavaScript for Kids for Dummies
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JavaScript For Kids For Dummies is a great comprehensive introduction to JavaScript for pre-teens and teenagers interested in learning about JavaScript, and for parents who wish to help them. The best endorsement for this book came straight from my daughter when she asked if she could continue to use this book in the future. I am happy to know that there are easy-to-use, technical resources available, such as this book, that allow her to explore technology at her own pace without the added expense of registration fees or transportation.  I hope your kids will enjoy it too.

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Jennifer is mom to a teenage boy and a tween girl, and spends her time changing radio stations in her minivan while driving to band concerts, learning new texting lingo and keeping track of the latest trends in electronics and hairstyles. Jennifer spends any free time she can find trying to stay organized, testing out new recipes that everyone might eat, reading, crafting or trying to beat her own best score in SpellTower. She also serves as a managing editor at Little Lake County.

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