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23 March 2020


I've been thinking about how I can help as the country undertakes a collective effort to stay at home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. I have some spare copies of my books, and I'm willing to post them to people who might find them useful for home schooling or for developing their own skills while at home. The books are free, one per UK household, to those who can make use of them.

I have copies of the following titles available:

  • Scratch Programming in Easy Steps: I only have review copies of this book available, but if you're interested in writing a review, please do get in touch. It's been updated for Scratch 3 and includes projects for the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT, micro:bit, and covers new Scratch 3 features including text to speech and dynamic sound effects. Find out more about what's in the 2nd edition of Scratch Programming in Easy Steps here.

    Photo of Scratch Programming in Easy Steps

  • Raspberry Pi For Dummies: A best-selling guide to using the Raspberry Pi, including introductions to electronics, Scratch and Python. Here's a video that shows you the Minecraft maze maker project from the book: [Sorry - all my copies of this are gone now, but Raspberry Pi For Dummies is still available to buy if you want to give it a go]

  • Mission Python: Discover how to create a space adventure game using Python. This is the perfect project for someone who wants to build something fun during this prolonged period at home. Here's a video to show you what the final game looks like: [Sorry - all my copies of this are gone now, but Mission Python is still available to buy if you want to give it a go]

  • Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps: This book includes a pair of 3D glasses and shows you how to create 3D games, a drum machine, a maze generator and many more fun projects. This book also includes an introduction to Scratch Jr, which is a free app aimed at younger children. Here's a video that shows you all the projects: [Sorry - all my copies of this are gone now, but Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps is still available to buy if you want to give it a go]

If you'd like one of these books, please contact me here. Tell me which book you'd like, and send me your postal address. This is only open to UK addresses, one book per household. Offer available as long as practical, which includes while stocks last, and also while I am able to get to a post office that will accept the parcels [Update: to clarify, I'm printing the postage at home and putting them in the postbox, so there's no risk to anyone. I can do this as long as the Royal Mail sustains its service]. I'll be pleased to see these books put to good use.

I have a limited stock available, so I'll update above when they are gone. If you would like to read these books but I don't have any left, or if you'd like to support retailers and publishers and feel able to do so, these books and my other coding books are also available to buy online. If your normal retailer is not able to supply them, you can try ordering directly from the publisher. Find links to buy all my books in my shop here.

Stay safe. Stay at home! And I hope you have fun coding!


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Mission Python

Code a space adventure game in this Python programming book published by No Starch Press.

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Coder Academy

Learn to make games and other programs in Scratch, and make a web page in HTML. Highly interactive book for 7-10 year olds.

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Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps

Discover how to make 3D games, create mazes, build a drum machine, make a game with cartoon animals and more!

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