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How to Think Like a Coder shortlisted for the Educational Writers’ Award

Jim Christian’s fun and informative guide to coding How to Think Like a Coder, has been shortlisted for the Society of Authors’ 2018 Educational Writers’ Award.

The judging panel said: ‘This step-by-step guide for absolute beginners does exactly what it says on the cover, introducing key concepts in a very straightforward and accessible way. Offering a fine balance between information and fabulous illustrations, this colourful book provides a wonderful, rather substantial taster to a subject on the rise.’

How to Think Like a Coder was published by Batsford in 2017 and features puzzles and exercises that will help readers think logically, work within constraints and deconstruct problem. Readers will get to grips with the basics, from learning the language and types of data to algorithms, loops, conditional statements, functions, variables and debugging – all without touching a computer! Author Jim Christian is a consultant and developer with over 20 years’ experience of teaching technology privately and in international education. The book features character illustrations throughout by Paul Boston.

The 2018 Award focuses on books for 11-18-year-olds, published in 2016 & 2017. This year’s judges are: Philip Arkinstall, a curriculum leader for History in a Wiltshire secondary school; Elspeth Graham, a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction for children; and Océane Toffoli, a senior school librarian and Vice-Chair of CILIP YLG London.

How to Think Like a Coder competes with four other books and the winner of the 2018 Educational Writers’ Award will be announced at the All Party Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 4 December. The winning author/illustrator will receive a cheque for £2,000.

Read more about the award on the Society of Authors website.