The 8 Best Books For Computer-Loving Kids of 2020

Teach your kid all there is to know about computers

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Our Top Picks

"The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed" at Amazon

"Ms. Frizzle takes her class on an adventure inside the school's malfunctioning computer where they learn many interesting facts."

"Why Doesn't My Floppy Disk Flop?" at Amazon

"The book covers topics like hardware, software, and good computer practices in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format."

"Personal Computers" at Amazon

"In addition to explaining the parts of computers and the way they work, this book provides a brief history of the computer."

"Edward Roberts and the Story of the Personal Computer" at Amazon

"Suitable for kids 9 and up, this book will teach your child how we went from large room-size computers to the desktops we have now."

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

"This book provides step-by-step instructions for turning programming code into basic Web pages for kids 9 to 12."

"Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids" at Amazon

"It covers just about every issue involving appropriate and safe internet and computer behavior—like spamming, piracy, and privacy."

"Game Programming For Teens" at Amazon

"Using a programming code called BlitzPlus and following the directions in the book, a teen (or adult) can make their own video game."

"Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Computers" at Amazon

"This book will help your gifted child learn about all the possible careers for computer-lovers, and how to get on track."

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.

Our Top Picks

The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed

The Magic School Bus series is a favorite of science-loving kids ages 4 to 8. In this book, the very unique teacher, Ms. Frizzle, takes her class on an adventure inside the school's malfunctioning computer, where they learn many interesting facts about the device.

Why Doesn't My Floppy Disk Flop?

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. The answers are technically correct, but also easy to understand. The information is comprehensive without being overwhelming and ideal for gifted children 4 to 8 years old.

Personal Computers

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 book is best suited for kids in grades two to four.

Edward Roberts and the Story of the Personal Computer

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. It's best suited for computer-loving kids 9 and up.

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

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 javascript and is best suited for kids ages 9 to 12.

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 older 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

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. It's perfect for kids in fifth to ninth grade.

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