Let's Learn BASIC

Little Brown πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 1984


Packaged programs are fine, but they can get boring fast. Ask any kid. But when kids write their own programs, they're in charge. The number of things they can do at the computer is limited only by their imaginations. And, as any kid will tell you, taking command of a powerful computer is fun!


This book teaches kids how to write commands for the ATARI Home Computers by using a programming language called BASIC. It is written for 8- to 14-year-olds to read and use on their own. No knowledge of programming or math beyond third-grade arithmetic is necessary.

Lets Learn BASIC is activity-oriented. Kids are introduced to the step-by-step process of programming right from the start by "Getting the Computer to Do Printing." Repeating PRINT commands using program loops gives kids a feel for the power of the computer. Writing programs that do arithmetic, make decisions, and create stories comes after that.

Along the way, kids will learn how to

  • print poems, shapes, pictures, and stories
  • keep an address book
  • add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers
  • keep track of their allowance
  • make up riddle and quiz programs
  • write storytelling programs
  • create mystery and adventure games
  • and much, much more!

Throughout, lots of examples and exercises use games, stories, graphics, and riddles to maintain a high level of interest. Lefs Learn BASIC has been extensively "kid-tested" to make sure that it's easy to read, fun to use, and effective in teaching BASIC programming concepts.