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Programming books

There are lots of great free resources for learning programming, but sometimes it's useful to have a book to work through. Below are a few books for learning programming. These are designed for different ages and levels of experience so check before buying.

The links below are primarily to Amazon.co.uk for the print version, but if buying ebooks that you'd like to be able to read your ebook across different devices and particular on the Raspberry Pi then I'd recommend getting DRM free ebooks which can be read on any device. If you buy ebooks specifically for a device, or through a retailer then they are likely to be DRM restricted, however some publishers provide DRM free books direct through their own sites (such as Apress, O'reilly and Manning.

Some of these books are repeated where they teach different programming languages in the same book.

Scratch

Raspberry Pi Education Manual - Computing at School

A free ebook created by volunteer teachers at Computing at School. As it's free then it's worth taking a look at this first.

Adventures in Raspberry Pi - Carrie Anne Philbin

Written by a former teacher, who has now gone to work for the Raspberry Pi foundation. This book provides a gentle introduction to a few programming languages and coding tools for the Raspberry Pi. It is well written and particularly aimed at young people looking to learn programming. A great starting point, but due to it's wide scope it doesn't cover the topics in as much depth as some other books.

Super Scratch Programming Adventure - The LEAD project

A comic book adventure book about programming. Each topic starts with a comic followed by a coding project relating to the comic. The book is available for Scratch 1.4 (as used on the Raspberry Pi) or Scratch 2.0 (newer version that runs in a web browser on Flash enabled PCs only).

Python

Raspberry Pi Education Manual - Computing at School

A free ebook created by volunteer teachers at Computing at School. As it's free then it's worth taking a look at this first.

Adventures in Raspberry Pi - Carrie Anne Philbin

Written by a former teacher, who has now gone to work for the Raspberry Pi foundation. This book provides a gentle introduction to a few programming languages and coding tools for the Raspberry Pi. It is well written and particularly aimed at young people looking to learn programming. A great starting point, but due to it's wide scope it doesn't cover the topics in as much depth as some other books.

Python for kids

A python programming book that goes beyond the basics to include graphics programming and creating games. This book is clearly aimed at children, but keeps going after many other children books have finished.

Python Basics Coding Club - Chris Roffey

Part of the Coding Club (not to be confused with Code Club) series of books. This provides a gentle introduction to python programming.

Books on programming algorithms and general programming

Lauren Ipsum - Carlos Bueno

A children's story book which introduces computer science topics. Whilst not actually designed to teach programming it does create awareness of certain computer science topics through the story. All digital editions of this book are provided DRM free and for every book purchased one is donated to schools, libraries and educational programs.

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