New book teaches kids computational thinking!

ipsum_cover-front_final_01Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things

-Press Release –

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. Bueno’s Lauren Ipsum 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 we’d like, 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.


My Thoughts…

I think this book is a good choice for children that have any interest in learning computer coding. This book sheds light and offers the ability to  apply logic to intricate concepts and break it down into more simple ones.

The book is not at all what I expected it to be. After reading through it myself, I believe children will be quite taken with the  story-line and the adventure that the main character goes on. The story is much like Alice and Wonderland. There are exciting places to discover and puzzles to solve. It certainly keeps you reading and wondering what will happen next!

There are full color illustrations through out . The back of the book features a full field guide that explains the  concepts  which were in the story and explain how those connect to our own world!

I love it because this book children will be learning concepts and finding connections along the way. I will say that is the only computer science book I’ve ever read but I think it’s offered up in an exciting and well thought out way. Fun fact is there isn’t even a computer in the story.

Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things   is available in fine bookstores everywhere, from, or directly from No Starch Press

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.