by Al Sweigart
September 2016, 288 pp.
“Al Sweigart has really nailed a kids oriented programming book better than I’ve seen done before, and I’ve seen them all.”
Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners, and in Scratch Programming Playground, you’ll learn to program by making cool games. Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit!
Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges to make the game your own. Want to add more levels or a cheat code? No problem, just write some code.
You’ll learn to make games like:
Learning how to program shouldn’t be dry and dreary. With Scratch Programming Playground, you’ll make a game of it!
About the Author
Al Sweigart is a software developer who teaches programming to kids and adults. He has written several best-selling Python books for beginners, including Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, also from No Starch Press.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Scratch
Chapter 2: Rainbow Lines in Space!
Chapter 3: Maze Runner
Chapter 4: Shooting Hoops with Gravity
Chapter 5: A Polished Brick Breaker Game
Chapter 6: Snaaaaaake!
Chapter 7: Fruit Slicer
Chapter 8: Asteroid Breaker . . . in Space!
Chapter 9: Making an Advanced Platformer
Featured in The MagPi
“I’m quite impressed with exactly how much of the Scratch programming tool the reader will have used and learned by the end of the book, and I think teachers and parents will find this a 5-star reference.”
Featured in Help Kids Code
“If you are looking for the next thing for your Minecraft-loving kids and haven’t tried Scratch, the Scratch Programming Playground book is a great guide to teach kids how to program by making cool games.”
“Overall, the book is well written, full of humor and puns, and the explanations of how things work are good.”
Featured in On Computers
“There are tons of full-color visuals and step-by-step breakdowns that will have kids programming in no time. I buy No Starch books for my libraries all the time – they’re great to have on hand.”
“Full-color screenshots on virtually every page and an index enrich this reader-friendly, hands-on guide, highly recommended for programming novices of any age who want to make games, have fun, and learn simple coding!”
“This book gave [the kids] some direction. They could get the programs working