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Monday 18 March 2024

Review: Computer Technology for Curious Kids

Let’s face it. Computers are a big part of our lives. 
We use computer technology every single day when we turn on our laptops, look at our phones or even when we watch morning cartoons. 

Computer games, the internet, emptying the dishwasher and riding the bus to school all happen with the help of computers. And Computer Technology for Curious Kids is here to tell us how and why.

This is a great non-fiction book for kids interested in how things work and what they mean. 

It covers the history of computers (including things like storage, gaming, tablets and the internet), how computers actually work (covering everything from how they store data to how images and words work on computers), computer programming, history of the internet and how computers became a part of so many things in our world.

It’s packed with information, but the design of the book makes it easy to work through. The pages use colour blocks, large headings and funky cartoon illustrations to break up sections. And all the information is delivered in bite-sized chucks so you can work through the book one section at a time, building on your knowledge as you go. Words marked in bold are explained in the book’s glossary and there’s an index at the back if you’re looking for something in particular.

This is a big topic, but this book holds your hand and guides you through everything, making it accessible and engaging for kids (and adults).

Title: Computer Technology for Curious Kids
Author: Chris Oxlade
Illustrator: Nik Neves
Publisher: CSIRO, $32.99
Publication Date: February 2024
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781486318360
For ages: 8+
Type: Non-Fiction