JavaScript for Kids
A Playful Introduction to Programming
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 336

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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One of the best JavaScript introductions

By Daniel K. Schneider

from Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Not Enough Css Animation
  • Not Fun Enough
  • Traditional Structure

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  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly JavaScript for Kids:

I am not sure if this book could generate a lot of interest in programming with kids. It's a very traditional introduction to programming and JavaScript: Some intro, data structures (lots), control structures, advanced stuff (including DOM, OO programming) and finally Canvas.

The chapters are very well written. The language is conscise and clear and important points are highlighted and repeated. Code is well documented. Despite the fact that examples are made for kids, I can recommend this as textbook for any JavaScript class taught to non-CS novices.

Disclaimers: I didn't read the book for myself, but I did have a look at some critical chapters. I am not a CS person, but I do teach some introductory programming to non CS students.

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