San Francisco, CA (November 18, 2014) — Few dispute that teaching kids about computational thinking primes them for success in our modern, computerized world. But even today, parents and teachers still have few options to help them teach.
Software engineer Carlos Bueno may have the answer in a lovingly illustrated new book that brings computer science to life for kids. Bueno's Lauren Ipsum (No Starch Press, Dec 2014, 192 pp., $16.95, 4C) is a fantasy adventure in the style of Alice in Wonderland that's designed to spark discussions about computer science.
The book's clever young heroine, Lauren, journeys through a land that runs on logic, where she meets wacky characters (inspired by programming concepts) and solves puzzles like the ones programmers solve every day. Bueno's whimsical story will have inquisitive kids thinking and learning right away. And for those of us who may not be quite as technically savvy as our kids, a readers' guide for the curious elaborates on the connection between Lauren's adventures and real-life computer science topics.
Lauren Ipsum is already making waves. School Library Journal calls Lauren Ipsum "A Looking Glass tale for the computer age" and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says that it "captures the spirit of problem-solving and ignites readers' imaginations." Bueno's book has even earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was honored as a Champion of Change.
Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things will be available in fine bookstores everywhere this December.
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