Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming

Learn JavaScript the fun and easy way with Code for Teens!

Software engineering is among the fastest-growing career paths in existence today. Like many parents, you may desire for your children or teenagers to learn these valuable skills, but you probably lack the knowledge, time, and patience required to teach them.


Almost all of the books and courses on the subject of coding–even those directed at children–move at a pace that is much too fast for the average teen or child to follow without additional guidance, explanation, and review from a knowledgeable teacher.

I know this to be true as I have sifted through dozens of books, courses, online tutorials, pdfs, and reviews in my efforts to teach my family of 6 homeschooled children how to code.  I never found any educational materials (until now) that moved continually at a child’s pace the way one would expect from, say, a math textbook.

Error messages are your friends!

This book is written with the goal of teaching young teenagers to code without ANY parent or teacher involvement. Important concepts are introduced gradually with ample review and many drills and small challenges to ensure that the child understands the concept fully before moving on. Beyond that, later chapters routinely review previous concepts to ensure that knowledge is retained long-term. A child or teenager with at least a 6th grade reading level should be able to get all the way through this book and learn JavaScript without any outside help.

Code for Teens is fully illustrated with over 100 pictures–all original artwork by my exceptionally talented wife Christine!


You can do this!

Questions and Answers

Here are a few of the important considerations to help you see why this book is well designed for your child or teenager.

Q. How do you deal with the fact that teens don't all learn at the same pace and some kids have trouble retaining things they learned in previous chapters?

A. I have multiple drills and review sections that ensure that each kid can move at his own pace. There are more drills than many kids need, but for those who need those extra reminders, it’s there again and again.

Q. What about kids who need continual stimulation to stay focused?

A. This is probably the most humor-infused textbook your child or teen will ever read in school. I love to make people laugh, and the book is full of humor. Just read through the provided Introduction (; you’ll see what I mean!

Q. What about kids who space off as they start to read?

A. One of my own kids fits this description, and I continually keep this on the forefront of my mind as I write. I try to have hands-on work to do on almost every page so the child won’t be spacing off.

Q. Is this book illustrated and in color?

A. Yes! More than 100 full-color original illustrations throughout the book! All of this is original artwork by my beautiful and enormously talented wife Christine!

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