Coding Books for Middle Grades

Searching for some easy tips to customize your favorite game — or how to make your very own game? Want to learn more about how things like robots and lasers work? Get ready to get your code on with these cool books.


Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK’D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right.

Coding Games in Scratch

Written for children with little to no coding experience, Coding Games with Scratch guides children through building platform games, puzzles, racers, and 3-D action games. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Coding Projects in Python

Presents an introduction to the Python programming language with illustrated steps for creating simple projects, including an animal quiz, a password picker, a robot builder, and a screen pet.

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA discusses how in the 1950s, black women made key contributions to America’s space program. By performing advanced calculations, these heroes made it possible for the nation’s astronauts to fly into space and return to Earth. The book is part of the Hidden Heroes series and is written by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris.

Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future

Presented in comic book format, this history of robotics examines the world’s earliest mechanized robots, the various uses for modern machines, and possibilities for the future.