beanz Magazine

Ages: 8 - 12Publisher: Owl Hill Media, LLC Subscription Price: $ 29.99 for


The world of computing-based technology is expanding and changing at a rate so high that even the professionals can hardly keep up. New hardware, software, programming languages and environments, and online experiences appear at an alarming rate. beanz magazine (the former Kids, Code, and Computer Science) brings to kids ages 8 and up articles and activities about all things computer-related. The brightly-styled magazine reaches out to all levels, from those who dabble in video games to those ready to dig into the hard-core hardware.

Recent issues included articles based on programming in Python, Scratch, php, JavaScript, Kotlin, and even Piet (a color-based language designed to resemble the artwork of Piet Mondrian). Every article directs readers to a website where they can try out the codes even if they don’t have access to the programming languages on their own computers. Further, the magazine teaches about inexpensive programmable hardware such as the micro:bit (in an ongoing series in the magazine) and Arduino. Additional articles cover computer history, online safety and security, the experience of professionals, Minecraft (another ongoing series), and so much more; in short, anything and everything that could be of interest to a rising computer programmer.

The glossy, full-color magazine provides much visual appeal while still working on a reformatting of its included code. Fortunately, a print subscription also provides online access to all the articles and codes, plus additional content and links, making for easy cut-and-paste of codes (and avoidance of transcription errors) and effectively doubling the magazine’s content. beanz is a useful and fun addition to any young programmer’s library.

Emily Crawford ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.