Top 10 Books About Computers for Computer-Loving Kids

Computers are everywhere, in schools, in stores, and in homes. While they can still be mysterious to many older adults, children are as comfortable with computers as the rest of us are with toasters. Many gifted children want more than comfort, though. They want to know how computers work and how they are programmed. These books will help gifted children of all ages find answers to the questions they have about computers.

The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed

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For reading levels 4-8.

The Magic School Bus series is a favorite of science-loving kids. In this book, the very unique teacher, Ms. Frizzle, takes her class on an adventure inside the schools malfunctioning computer, where they learn many interesting facts about computers.

Why Doesn't My Floppy Disk Flop?

For reading levels 4-8.

BIOS, RAM, ROM – This book explains these terms and more! It covers topics like hardware, software, the Internet, and good computer practices in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format. Although the answers are technically correct, they are easy to understand. The information is comprehensive without being overwhelming!

Personal Computers

For grade levels 2-4.

In addition to explaining the parts of personal computers and the ways they work, this book also provides a brief history of the computer. Here is the first sentence of the book: "Here's a riddle for you: What used to fill a whole room, today fits on your lap, and tomorrow might be smaller than a pencil eraser?" For children who've seen only today's computers, learning that the first computers were big enough to fill an entire room is fascinating!

The First Computers (Kids & Computers)

For reading levels 9-12.

When the authors of the book say "First Computers," they mean the first devices that humans used for computing, not computers as we have come to know them today. The book traces the development of computing devices from celestial calculators to abacuses to punch-card systems to the Univac.

Edward Roberts and the Story of the Personal Computer

For ages 9 and up

What's the story behind the development of today's personal computer? Most of us, including our children, have heard of Bill Gates and many of us know that he played a role in the development of personal computers. But what about pre-Bill Gates? How did we go from the large room-size computers to the desktops we have now? Before Bill Gates and the PC, there was Edward Roberts and the Altair! This book is about him and his achievements with the personal computer.

Computers Don't Byte: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Computers

For reading levels 9-12.

Although the black and white pictures in this book may not seem interesting, the information provided is followed by activities to get kids interested and motivated to learn more. Through the activities, children learn not only about the basics of computer hardware and the history of computers, they also learn about how computers work, how the Internet works and how to choose a computer.

A Kid's Guide to Creating Web Pages for Home and School

For reading levels 9-12.

Learning to make Web pages is an easy way to begin learning about computer programming. All anyone needs to create a Web page is a text editor (like Word or Notepad) and some knowledge of HTML "code." This book provides step-by-step instructions for turning that programming code into some basic Web pages. It goes from the very basics all the way to creating links and using java script.

Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids

This book covers just about every issue involving appropriate and safe internet and computer behavior, including spamming, piracy, stalking, hacking, and privacy. The humorous approach will keep kids involved and entertained while encouraging them to think about these serious issues.

Game Programming For Teens

So many teens love to play computer games. The ever-curious gifted teen often expresses an interest in becoming a programmer of computer or video games. This book will help those teens – and others – learn what it takes to create a game. Using a programming code called BlitzPlus and following the directions in the book, a teen (or adult) can make their own 2-D computer game. BlitzPlus is easy to learn and although games made with it won't be on the level of "Halo," they will still be fun.

Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Computers

For grade levels 5-9.

Your child loves computers. Most of us know about game programmers and web designers, but what other careers are possible for computer lovers? This book will help children learn about additional careers, like systems analyst and technician. It also describes computer fields like artificial intelligence. Suggestions for people to interview, more reading to do,​ and websites to visit are also included.


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