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5 Great JavaScript books for beginners

Yet another blog post about books! This time I’ll share five of the best JavaScript books for beginners. JavaScript is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. If you’ve never programmed JavaScript before, and don’t know where to start, any of these 5 books is a great way to get you started. They will guide you through the basics and make you proficient with JavaScript in a fun and quick way!

  • Head First JavaScript Programming. This brain-friendly guide teaches you everything from JavaScript language fundamentals to advanced topics, including objects, functions, and the browser’s document object model. You won’t just be reading—you’ll be playing games, solving puzzles, pondering mysteries, and interacting with JavaScript in ways you never imagined. And you’ll write real code, lots of it, so you can start building your own web applications.
  • Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming. Eloquent JavaScript goes beyond the cut-and-paste scripts of the recipe books and teaches you to write code that’s elegant and effective. You’ll start with the basics of programming, and learn to use variables, control structures, functions, and data structures. Then you’ll dive into the real JavaScript artistry: higher-order functions, closures, and object-oriented programming.
  • Learn JavaScript VISUALLY. Visual Learners retain information very differently than their left brained counter-parts, and thus benefit from different approaches. Full color illustrations help memory triggers as your brain never forgets an image, metaphor or schema. One page of a visual guide can equal one chapter of a conventional book as illustrations can make a world of difference over strictly words on a page!
  • Head First HTML5 Programming: Building Web Apps with JavaScript. Head First HTML5 Programming is your ultimate tour guide to creating web applications with HTML5 and JavaScript, and we give you everything you need to know to build them, including: how to add interactivity to your pages, how to communicate with the world of Web services, and how to use the great new APIs being developed for HTML5.
  • JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development. This book was written for anyone who wants to use JavaScript to make their websites a little more interesting, engaging, interactive, or usable. In particular, it is aimed at people who do not have a degree in computer science (well, not yet anyway). So, if you have ever struggled to get a script working on your web pages, want a better idea of how to customize scripts, or want to write your own scripts from scratch, this book was written for you.

Of course there are many more JavaScript books for beginners, so if you have suggestions about which books are missing in this list, please let me know!


  • joselie castañeda

    hi thanks for the article.. may I ask what would be next after finishing these books for beginners?

    • Hi Joselie, I’m sorry for my late reply. I just read your comment. Actually it depends. Everyone learns in a different way. If you feel comfortable enough in programming in JS, I would recommend you to start building something your self. Just break things, fix things and learn by doing. If you feel like you need some more experience, you can always take a course. I wrote about some of them here: Enjoy coding!