Python is a recommended language to learn how to code. The syntax of python is simple and easy to understand. A good tutorial or book will guide you to learn faster and experience the joy of coding. Here I list three top rated python books online for beginners, hope you like them.

#1 Learn Python the Hard Way: A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code (3rd Edition) (Zed Shaw’s Hard Way Series)

You don’t need any programming experience to begin this book. Zed Shaw is a master to make things clear and simple. After you finish the book, you will know how to code and improve your programming skills by learning other further python books and tutorials.

#2 Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

Programming language syntax is just like rules of law. But learning that is not our goal, learning how to use rules to handle problems is what we are seeking for. So if you want to choose a book which teaches you how to create things and solve problems in a real world, get the book and begin your coding career.

#3 Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

The author is Allen Downey, who is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College. He does not explain the python but also tell you all about computer science, data structure, and programming, clearly and thoroughly in the book.

So, which book I should choose to learn Python from scratch?

All three books are for beginners with no experience before. You can choose any book to start. Below are some pieces of advice.

  1. If reading a book is not enough for you, you also want to watch videos and do some practice, “Learn Python the Hard Way”  is for you;
  2. if you hate to learn a lot but only get some python syntax–you are eager to learn to create real stuff and solve problems, grab “Python Crash Course: A Hands-on Project-based Introduction to programming .
  3. If you want to learn like a computer science student and it’s not possible for you to major in CS in the future. Try “Think Python: Thinking like a Computer Scientist”. Some knowledge in the book like data structure, algorithms may be not much used for a beginner, but they are very helpful for you to shape programming thinking and build a solid foundation.

Let’s roll!