Coder Academy by Sean McManus

Are you ready for the challenge?

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“As well as featuring cool illustrations, the book comes packed with extras including stickers, a poster, and 3D model robots to press out and construct. If you’re learning to code for the first time, then this book is the perfect way to get started.” - The Week Junior 


When kids join Coder Academy, they undertake a series of imaginative and challenging activities that help them to begin to write code in Scratch and HTML. With fun activities on and off the computer, this book encourages kids to be creative with code. They create a character and then animate it in code, write a tune and play it on their computer, and design a simple game and website. In the Coder’s Kit at the back of the book, there is a game, poster and stickers. And, there’s a robot model to press out and make on the book’s cover flaps. Fun and educational, kids can learn about this essential skill in a fresh and playful way. Can be used on Raspberry Pi, Windows or Mac.


Encourages imaginative play and problem-solving.

Fresh, contemporary artwork makes complex concepts accessible.

Includes loads of great extras: stickers, a pull-out poster, a game, and a press-out model.


Sean McManus is a UK-based author and journalist, specialising in coding and technology. Sean’s coding books include Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps (2016), Scratch Programming in Easy Steps (2013), Web Design in Easy Steps (2014), and Raspberry Pi For Dummies (co-authored, 2014). He says: “Coding is often seen as a dry subject, but I hope this book will show just how creative coding can be. As they read this book, children will discover how to make their own game characters and animations, and will build a simple game for them to star in. They will also see how they can turn patterns on paper into music, and put their own stories and ideas into a web page.” | @musicandwords


Coder Academy

Sean McManus

October 2017

ISBN: 9781782405030


Age: 7+


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