Welcome to Computer Programming For Kids (CP4K)

Welcome to the Computer Programming for Kids blog! We are the co-authors of the book "Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners", released in March 2009. The book is published by Manning Publications. Manning has a web site for the book, which is where you can download the software and other files related to the book. You can purchase it here, at the Manning web site. If you use this link to purchase the print book or e-book from the Manning web site, you can use the discount code aupromo40 at checkout to get a 40% discount. You can also get it through online retailers like Amazon, as well as in many retail locations such as Chapters in Canada and Barnes & Noble in the U.S. This blog is mostly about the book (for now), but anything related to computers and programming, particularly for kids and beginners, is fair game. We will post articles with extra material that didn't make it into the book, and reader feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Carter and Warren on TV

We hosted a Book Launch party on June 24, 2009.

That day, we also did an interview on the Ottawa CTV affiliate, CJOH, with anchor Carol-Anne Meehan.

It ran on their 6:00 news. You can see it here:

You can also read the article EMC newspaper wrote about us. Reporter Sabine Gibbins talked to Carter, Warren, and illustrator Martin Murtonen the day of the launch.

We also met Martin for the first time that day. All our work together on the book had been done by e-mail and phone, even though we live in the same city!


  1. I'm really glad to see that a book on computer programming, aimed at beginners, was written. A few years ago, I was in a situation similar to Carter's. I simply could not find a book to introduce my young mind to the world of programming. Luckily enough, my curiosity allowed me to get over that hump, and I learned programming was a methodology to solving problems.

    Congratulations on the book, and best of luck to any future endeavors.

  2. I forgot to mention that I was happy to see someone from my local area had written this book. I attended St Martin De Porres in grade school, which is just across a field from John Young.

  3. Oh wow, this is soo cool!!! I loved the book. Congrats and heres to hoping for lots of success in the future.

  4. Your book is so helpful! I'm a grad student and recently I decided to get into programming. I was doing ok with other books but not great. It was a slog and there were always questions in my head that were not answered. I think this is the main reason why your book is so successful. Like a stereotypical kid I've always asked a lot of "Why?" and "How come?" questions.

    For a brief second it was a blow to my ego to have to use a children's book but honestly it's giving me a good understanding of the foundations that I can understand the higher concepts presented in my grad school classes. It's a wonderfully well written book that's easy to follow, something that so many beginning programming books just cannot do.

  5. Giving the kids all the knowledge about computers and technology is a great investment for ours and their future. keep the good job!

  6. Certainly, Giving the kids the knowledge about computer & technology is one of important thing to do for their future. I am glad to see article about computer programming for kids. Great efforts man.


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