How to Code a Sandcastle (How to Code with Pearl & Pascal, #1) by Josh Funk

How to Code a Sandcastle (How to Code with Pearl & Pascal, #1)

From the computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code comes this lively and funny story introducing kids to computer coding concepts.Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, need to build a sandcastle before summer vacation is over, and they’re going to do it using code. Pearl breaks the big we-need-a-sandcastle problem into smaller steps, then uses conditionals, loops, and other basic coding concepts to tell Pascal exactly what to do. But b...

Details How to Code a Sandcastle (How to Code with Pearl & Pascal, #1)

TitleHow to Code a Sandcastle (How to Code with Pearl & Pascal, #1)
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherViking / Penguin
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Science, Computer Science, Coding, Science Fiction, Robots

Reviews How to Code a Sandcastle (How to Code with Pearl & Pascal, #1)

  • Jana
    Children are learning about technology concepts such as computer coding at younger and younger ages. So this fun summertime picture book that tells the story of young Pearl and her quest to build the best sandcastle ever is a terrific way to introduce this topic to both young readers and the grown-ups who care for them (many of whom are also unfamiliar with coding). According to the foreword written by Reshma Saujani (founder and CEO of Girls Who...
  • Niki (Daydream Reader)
    My second-fourth grade students loved this book. A great introduction to coding. We read this book and then did some fun coding apps on the iPad.
  • Michele Knott
    This is a book that will teach a wide audience. Between the curriculum ties (STEM, coding, how to book) and it being a picture book in the “girls who code” series (check out the chapter books), there are going to be a lot of readers for this book!
  • Ro
    I originally purchased this book because I have so far liked all books by Josh Funk. As a librarian who teaches coding to her students K-6 I have used the curriculum, and although for the most part it is fantastic, I was never very excited about the "unplugged" activities that were available for younger coders. How to Code a Sandcastle will be my go to book anchor from now on! It takes a familiar activity, be it because the reader has en...
  • James Bailey
    This book arrived at the perfect time! We have participated in the Hour of Code for a couple of years but just launched a K-5th coding curriculum at my elementary school. Josh’s book provides a fantastic introduction to coding. Pearl has been spending the summer trying to build the perfect sandcastle. She finally decides to program her robot, Pascal, to build it. Pearl walks the reader through some basic coding commands. Pascal and Pearl have s...
  • Alia
    A little Brown girl just wants to build a sandcastle at the beach. She realizes she can use code to teach her robot Pascal how to build an epic sandcastle! Funk's sense of humor is great, as usual, and I love how he makes coding simple and easy to understand for children. Palacios' illustrations are lovely and will make you yearn for a warm sunny day at the beach. Great first collab between GIRLS WHO CODE & Penguin. #GirlsinStem #SummerRead #Pict...
  • Babies to Bookworms
    I love this book! I am a big fan of books that make STEM subjects interesting and relatable for kids. This book explains simple coding terms in reference to an activity that kids can recognize and relate to. The main character is a young girl named Pearl who breaks down her problem (how to build a sandcastle) into smaller problems. She then uses simple coding techniques and language to get her robot Pascal to build the sandcastle. I really like h...
  • Mary Ann
    Love the problem solving outlook that Pearl has, experimenting and trying things again. This picture book introduces young kids to the concepts of coding while keeping the story flowing. I especially like how the illustrations help reinforce and explain concepts like looping. A great into to coding for young kids.
  • Neha Praveen
    I highly recommend this book for kids 4-8 and actually anyone who is starting to learn to code. This is a picture book with beautiful illustrations. I also did a book review which you can watch here -
  • Tracy Clausen
    My first thought was, "Great, let's ruin the carefree joy of beach play with computer coding...*yawn*" - but this book is completely adorable! Perfectly explains basic coding concepts for the youngest readers. Highly recommended for use in the elementary classroom.
  • Pink STREAM
    Coding is almost this century's writing. Without knowing to code you are illiterate. This is why nowadays books like "How to code a sandcastle" are the most popular and parents' choice. This book teaches basic coding terms, illustrates pretty, and makes a fun story from them for kids. In the first page of the book, there is Reshma Saujani's, founder of Girls Who Code (Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increases...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Coding is all the rage in our school district. Students do it during tech class, they take after school enrichment classes in coding, they code at home! This book will inspire budding coders to try their hand at this fun hobby. I love the illustrations and the back matter that explains the coding terms used in the book. I’m excited to see future books in this series.
  • Caitlin Zonder
    Yet another amazing book by Josh Funk. It is such a clever way to teach the basics of coding. It would be a great read for anyone who wants to understand what coding is. I seriously think my mother needs to read this! Kids will enjoy this as both a story and a learning tool.
  • Amanda
    This is the first picture book I have seen about coding; hooray that it had a poc, girl as the MC! Cute illustrations.
  • Aaron
    I just heard this book! It was read to me by the amazing Josh Funk in a Skype call he did with my students. It is packed with so much great information about coding, but in the form of a story. Younger students will appreciate the artwork and the humour, and older kids will understand some of the coding references. If you are thinking of introducing coding to your class, this book is great! Its also just a funny book to read with your kids when i...
  • Jo Oehrlein
    Intro to computing concepts like loops, if-then, and code once/use many times, all in a cool storyline about building a sandcastle at the beach.I like the way Pearl finds problems with the instructions she gives her robot, Pascal. The iterative way she "writes" the code is very realistic.
  • Baby Bookworm
    Hello, friends! Our book today is How To Code A Sandcastle, written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Sara Palacios, a wonderful introduction to computer language as part of Girls Who Code’s book series.Pearl is excited: today is the last day of summer, and her last opportunity to build the sandcastle of her dreams. She’s tried before, but various frisbee-, surfboard-, and dog-related incidents have impeded her work. But today, she’s brought ...
  • Laura Mossa
    Special thanks to Josh Funk for sharing a F & G of How to Code a Sandcastle to my #bookexcursion group. All opinions are my own.On the last day of summer vacation, Pearl decides it’s her final opportunity to build a sand castle. Because Frisbees, surf boards, and dogs keep ruining her creations, Pearl devises a new plan involving her robot Pascal. In order for Pascal to assist her, Pearl must tell him how to build a sandcastle in code. She expl...
  • Michele
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.This is definitely a teaching book that I will be ordering and using as my intro for my summer school coding class! The bright illustrations made me feel like I was in summer on this overcast day.•Pearl does a great job of teaching her robot, Pascal, the exact steps he needs to do to build a proper sandcastle. Pearl thinks out loud, which is exactly...
  • Tracy
    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange for the review copy. All opinions are my own.On the last day of summer, Pearl and her robot Pascal haven't successfully built a sandcastle. So they decide to code one. The book uses this simple task to explain how coding works, including how coding can be useful when something goes wrong. Not to worry--if you've saved all your work, you can try, try again. I'm about at the same level as my kids in my understanding o...
  • Jj
    This is an interesting foray into the very basic concepts of coding for the pre-K and early elementary ages. The core concepts addressed and defined include code, sequence, loop, and if-then-else (conditional statement). The narrative is structured around the task of a young girl building a sandcastle at the beach. I like the idea here, and I'll be interested to see how this is received by kids. The story itself did not do much for me. The text b...
  • Pam Miller
    Although this Picture Book promotes the fact that more girls are coding, it's also a fun story about a girl who plans, doesn't give up when things go wrong, wisely brings Robot to help, and figures out a way to take the steps that lead her to reach her goal (building a sandcastle before her last day of vacation ends).Wisely, the author made this story funny and about a subject interesting to kids. Kids learn coding terms while reading and seeing ...
  • Jacqui Murk
    Just in time for castle-building, summer days, Josh Funk brings one determined girl, Pearl, and her helpful robot, Pascal, together for a sun-shining day at the beach. Pearl's story begins with reminisces of her previous attempts to build a safe and sturdy sandcastle. Regardless of her continued failures, on this last day of summer vacation, she sets off smiling and proclaiming to build a sandcastle. Sara Palacios's colorful and expressive drawin...
  • Tom Franklin
    Here's a creative idea: introductory computer programming in a children's picture book.Writer (and programmer-by-day) Josh Funk gives kids a good overview by breaking down the bigger parts of coding by breaking down the bigger parts of building a sand castle. Some of the text might go over the heads of some kids, but the concepts are important ones for them to learn early on these days. (BONUS: Funk provides several in-jokes for anyone who alread...
  • Paul
    This is an excellent primer for kids (especially girls, for whom the book is intended) about writing code with the analogy of building a sandcastle. I got it for my daughter to spark her interest, and she loved the book (and quoted from it extensively when we went to an actual beach a week or so later). Because the future is all about information technology, I cannot recommend this enough for kids between about 7 and 12 who have even a slight int...
  • Lynn
    In the Girls Who Code series, this cheery picture book introduces the basic idea and commands of coding as a little girl works to have her robot build a sandcastle.It went on a bit too long for my taste but I'm not terribly interested in coding. Athough this is certainly more painless than my Fortran classes a thousand years ago ;-) It will be interesting to see how a young audience reacts to the book.
  • Nicole Giusto
    Josh Funk made this book hilarious to read. We liked the dialogue bubbles instead of sentences with quotes. We also thought it was different but interesting when she put in the code the font was a blocky form, just like real coding. We loved this book and can’t wait to read more books by Josh Funk. -Emilie, Melanie, Shayla: Girls who code!
  • Amber Webb
    How to Code a Sandcastle was something a little different for Funk, but he certainly excelled at it. The introduction to coding for young children with a very hands-on appropriate connection was perfect. Palacios' illustrations made the book flow even better. The connection between Girls Who Code and Josh Funk was incredibly beneficial here and I hope to see more collaboration in the future.
  • Lauren S
    I loved this book, and I love the Girls Who Code series. I wish I had read this book before the fiction series because then I would've had some clue as to what the different types of codes meant! Overall, I think this is a really simple way to teach young children about code. I'm looking forward to book 2!
  • Pam
    Terrific introduction to coding for young elementary students. Funk takes the reader through the basic steps of programming a robot to build a sandcastle. He introduces basic coding terms - code, sequence loop, if-then-else statements - and offers examples as the castle gets built.Definitions for each term are also provided at the end of the book.Connected to Girls Who Code for early readers.