Jon Woodcock

CodingGamesinScratch lores


Published by DK
December 1, 2015
By Dr. Jon Woodcock
ISBN 9781465439352
Paperback, Full-color
224 pages
Ages 9-12
$19.99 U.S.

Codingworkbook lores


Published by DK
January 9, 2016
By Dr. Jon Woodcock
ISBN 9781465444820
Paperback, Full-color
40 pages
Ages 9-12
$5.99 U.S.

Jon Woodcock (UK)

Author of Coding Games in Scratch


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  • Holds degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Computational Astrophysics from the University of London
  • Started coding at the age of eight and has programmed all kinds of computers from single-chip microcontrollers to world-class supercomputers. His many projects include giant space simulations, research in high-tech companies, and intelligent robots made from junk.
  • Has a passion for science and technology education, giving talks on space and running computer programming clubs in schools
  • Has worked on numerous science and technology books as an author, contributor and consultant, including DK’s Coding Games in Scratch (book and workbook), How Cool Stuff Works and Computer Coding For Kids


“An absolutely wonderful introduction to programming games.” – Kirkus Reviews

For young gamers, or the world’s next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, learning to code can be a gateway to a lifetime of opportunities. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says, “Learning to code makes kids feel empowered, creative, and confident.”

To help get them on their way, DK announces two new additions to their line of children’s computer programming books with Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games (Dec. 2015) and Coding in Scratch: Games Workbook (Jan. 2016). The books follow DK’s popular 2014 coding book aimed at parents, Help Your Kids with Computer Coding, but this time speaking directly to kids (ages 9-12).

Written by coding expert Dr. Jon Woodcock for readers with little to no coding experience, Coding Games in Scratch guides kids through building platform games, puzzles, racers and 3-D action games using the popular programming language Scratch. The book and workbook are simple and easy-to-follow with Minecraft-style pixel art, covering many different styles and types of games, such as classic and arcade games. When children learn to code in Scratch, they learn essential skills and strategies for solving problems, designing projects and communicating ideas.

“Games are a huge industry, but the world of code and computers touches every aspect of our lives,” said Woodcock in an interview with FamilyFans Magazine. “There’s a huge overlap between gaming and ‘serious’ applications in our age of smart phones and the like. You might start writing games, but end up changing the world by coming up with the next Twitter or Facebook.”

Coding Games in Scratch and Coding in Scratch: Games Workbook support the Common Core state standards and empower parents and educators with a creative way to teach coding at home and in the classroom.

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