Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

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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.

For kids ages 10+ (and their parents)

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

From the Publisher

User experience level




Beginner to Intermediate



For readers who want

A gentle, kid-friendly introduction to Python

A fast-paced, thorough introduction to Python

A practical guide to using Python for automating tedious tasks

A quick and easy way to review Python fundamentals, vocabulary, syntax and more

Fun, entertaining projects to take your Python skills to the next level

Expert, practical advice and tutorials to perfect your professional Python skills

Compatible with Python version

Python 3

Python 3

Python 3

Python 3

Python 3

Python 2 & 3

Special features

Kid-friendly, full-color code and illustrations

Covers Django, matplotlib and plotly, and pygame

Covers working with files en masse, automating emails and texts, scraping the web, and more

Flash card format; includes exercises and challenges to test and hone your skills

Covers modules like pygame, Pylint, pydocstyle, tkinter, python-docx, matplotlib, and pillow

Covers powerful techniques like using generators, handling time zones, and applying functional programming

Page count

344 pages

544 pages

592 pages

101 cards

424 pages

240 pages

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