Coding is a skill that is becoming ever more important in the modern world – and is likely to continue increasing in importance as the world shifts towards the digital realm. The past year of dealing with working remotely during a pandemic, for example, highlights how important such a skill is likely to be in the decades ahead.

Yet it’s not an easy skill for everyone to get their heads around; I myself have struggled to get started with learning different coding languages, despite several attempts. So any projects that look to simplify and make the process accessible are sure to be well-received.

Currently seeking funds on Kickstarter – and with 38 days left of the campaign, at 58% of its goal – is the project Learn Python through Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales, which tells stories that’ll be familiar to just about anyone who picks up a copy, with the added twist of teaching coding concepts in programming language Python as you progress through the book.

It’s a wonderfully inventive idea, with beautiful illustrations and lavish design; the price doesn’t put it out of reach of most users either, with the cost starting at just $12 for a digital version of the book.

When you input and run a page’s code on your computer, the fairy tale’s text itself will run on your screen – and the explanations below the code give insights into how the code works too, in straightforward, plain English that’s easy for anyone to digest.

It’s a very clever tool for learning that should be invaluable for budding coders of any age to try – and with a diverse, large number of Python concepts and topics covered, it’s a surprisingly comprehensive volume for learners. It’s appealingly illustrated with wonderful pictures of each story to accompany the text and code pages, further reinforcing its appeal for all ages.

Having already successfully crowdfunded and launched two coding books, creator Shari Eskenas of Sundae Electronics – whose aim is to create books that make learning computer programming fun – should have no problem seeing this third campaign reach its goal and beyond too.

You can check out the Kickstarter campaign for Learn Python through Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales here.

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