Early Coding Concepts

Series of 4 titles

In Early Coding Concepts, beginning readers will follow along as characters take part in everyday activities that introduce the programming concepts of sorting, sequences, looping, and conditionals. These storybooks contain sight words, tightly controlled vocabulary, and repetitive text patterns to help beginners develop reading skills. Bright, fun illustrations match the storylines and enhance imagination while readers learn the fundamental basics of computer programming.

Each title includes tools for teachers and caregivers, a table of contents, and a picture glossary. A Let's Review! feature asks readers to reflect on the content.

Title   GRL Format Qty
Cover: Gus's Routine: A Looping Story Gus's Routine: A Looping Story D
Cover: Min Builds a Train Track: An If-Then Story Min Builds a Train Track: An If-Then Story D
Cover: Pete Makes a Pizza: A Sequence Story Pete Makes a Pizza: A Sequence Story D
Cover: Sara Cleans Her Room: A Sorting Story Sara Cleans Her Room: A Sorting Story D
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Preschool
Category New!, SEL, STEM
Subject Early Concepts, Science and Math
Copyright 2023
Publisher Jump!, Inc.
Imprint Grasshopper Books
Language English
Number of Pages 16
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Dewey 428.6
Dimensions 7.75 x 7.75
Lexile 0
Lexile Code AD
Guided Reading Level D
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


SLJ Series Made Simple Review of Early Coding Concepts

Cheerful, diverse cartoon children play, create, and perform their daily tasks in this adorable series. When Gus comes home from school, he takes care of his dog by performing the same steps every day.

Min builds a train track and explores how it affects the train and the rest of the track if she adds different pieces. Pete and his grandpa follow a recipe (which is just a fancy sequence, really) to make a delicious pizza.

Sara cleans her room by sorting items neatly by size and color. Each book ends with a “Let’s Review” section that defines the coding concept illustrated by the story, then asks a follow-up comprehension question for readers and their grown-ups to discuss.

While this series is better described as informational fiction than nonfiction, it explains the coding concepts beautifully for its young audience.

Verdict: Recommended, though not as nonfiction.

Illustrator: Christos Skaltsas