Top Resources for Learning to Code

self-taught-programmers-skillsOne of the trends we’ve seen in high school education over the last few years has been the increase in the number of students that take coding and computer science related electives.

This doesn’t come as a particular surprise, since the rise in demand of programming jobs (and the highly skilled, high paid nature of these jobs) will naturally begin to attract more people to them over time.

The interesting aspect, however, is that this surge in interest comes largely from students themselves, and many high schools or even entire districts across the country are entirely unprepared to handle this request.

The teachers that teach programming courses haven’t been properly trained and often times know only the basic elements of the programming language they’re instructing.

That leaves it to the students to find newer and better ways to learn, both inside and outside the classroom. You can find sample curriculum through

So, here are a few resources for students preparing to learn programming.

Code School

CodeSchool is one of the biggest and most respected online programming schools around.

They got their start from the “Rails for Zombies” course developed by their founding team, which taught the fundamentals of Ruby on Rails, a relatively new and increasingly popular language for first-time coders, in a fun and easily digestible way.

They have since expanded and offer a number of courses across a wide variety of programming languages, including both front and and back languages, from html, css, and jquery, to ruby on rails, python, and iOs courses.

You can find more in depth Code School reviews at


Another popular program is Thinkful. This course offers students a hands on, one on one level instruction with professional programmers, while they complete a pre-specified curriculum at their own pace.

This structure makes it easy for self-taught students to breeze through knowledge areas they’re comfortable with, and focus on specific problems and hangups that they might have.

An innovative course structure, though the high price tag may make it out of reach for many high school students.

Boating Safety Talk at the Atlanta Library

boating safetyOn Saturday, October 3, The Atlanta Library will host the second annual boater safety chat.

While last year’s chat was a good introduction to boating safety and water safety of all types, whether you’re in a kayak on a lake or a 50ft sailboat on the open sea, this year’s discussion will take a little bit of a different form.

Instead of focusing on basic safety maneuvers and procedures that all boaters should follow, such as wearing a life jack and other USCG recommendations, the talk will take a look at how to know that the craft you’re in is safe.

The Importance of Safe Boat Building

This talk is especially relevant after the events earlier this summer, when an amateur boat-builder took his craft out onto the river before it was ready, and had to be rescued by authorites.

The workshop will go over how to evaluate the safety of any water craft, whether you’re just going out as a passenger for a day, purchasing a boat, or trying to figure out how to build your own boat.

The talk is being sponsored by, with the reminder that most boating accidents and problems on the water happen in calm conditions, when the incident is least expected.

That means it’s extremely important to keep your wits about you and pay attention whenever you take a craft of any size out, whether its a day trip on a dinghy or a weekend sailing cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here at Yearst&Young, we believe that the key to good education comes from a diverse education, and in particular when that involves important safety concerns. The fact is that many people who go out on one of the many lakes near Atlanta, or those who venture further to the coast for recreational boating, don’t realize just how many different safety measures come into play, from the security and stability (including the maintenance of) the boat you’re on, to procedures and best practices in the event of bad weather, crowded waterways and right of way issues, or even basic life jacket safety.

We hope to see you at this event!

We’re Hiring! Check Out Our New Part Time Job Application!

Hello all,

now hiringI just want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of our educational efforts here at Yearst and Young!

We’re pleased to report that June and July were both record months for us, which is spectacular considering the summer is traditionally the slowest time of year!

We’ve already received a ton of new orders for the upcoming school year, and because of increased demand for our catalog and top-recommended book lists, we’ve decided to bring on a new part time job in Atlanta, Georgia, to help us with book evaluation and selection for inclusion!

You can read more details about this position at, and we’ve also posted a full position summary on the Atlanta Craigslist page.

Job Role and Position Summary

Thank you for your interest in Yearst and Young book and educational media suppliers. We are currently hiring for an entry level part time position to be located at our Atlanta, GA office.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree from a 4 year institution, with a preferred major in Education, English, Literature, History, or other similar degree.

More important than your specific degree concentration is a strong desire and willingness to work with a growing company in whatever role is needed.

The primary role will be to help in the evaluation of books, literature, and other media for inclusion into our quarterly educational discount catalogs. Evaluation is generally based on a combination of current market offers, which we negotiate with a handful of select publishers, as well as demand for the work in schools and non-profits across the country.

In addition to this role, you will be in charge of coming up with our quarterly audio book list winners, and selecting the top books for each of a number of different genres, ranging from children and teen fiction to classic literature.

A familiarity with technical literary analysis as well as a love to read are essential!

For more information about what we’re looking for and where to apply, contact Anna Peters in Richmond, VA

August Audiobook Sales Announced

Today I’m pleased to announce that we’ve decided on the August audiobook sales for our members here at We spent a lot of time working out which novels to offer, and ultimately decided on a combination pack for both educational and fun purposes!

Many thanks to, for providing us with a number of great books to choose from, and helping us make this incredible offer possible!

The August 2015 Summer Reading Winner: A Game of Thrones

game of thrones book coverFor the first category in this month’s sale winner, we decided to go for a light summer reading selection. The purpose of this category isn’t to prepare anyone for the school year quite yet, but to have an easy read that gets your students excited about picking up a good book instead of turning on the tv.

The immense popularity of the Game of Thrones series, which is the HBO series based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and which currently consists of 5 books of an intended 7 part series, makes it a clear choice.

Although the novels deal with a number of adult themes, including incest, sexuality, war, sacrifice, and betrayal, the works are appropriate for high school aged readers, and a huge hit among people in their late teens and early 20s.

To complement this sale, we’ve secured a free download of any of the Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks.

You can click here to get a free audio book download of A Game of Thrones!

The August 2015 Back To School Winner: The Scarlet Letter

scarlet letter book coverThe second category we want to support this summer with out August winner is a back to school special.

This one is for all the high school teachers in particular, since the winner is one of the most widely ready books in high schools across the US.

The winner is: The Scarlet Letter.

We felt that this 19th century Nathaniel Hawthorne classic deserved to be recognized not only for its sheer number of students who pick it up every year, but also for its role in a number of other key educational metrics, from state standardized test materials, to college admissions essays.

We encourage you to enjoy this timeless masterpiece this summer as you prepare to get back into school mode!

Download The Scarlet Letter audiobook free and save with our special summer pick!

Welcome To Yearst and Young Books and Test Prep!

yearst and young booksHello there and welcome to, the new official home page of Yearst and Young Books and Test Prep!

We are honored to be one of the leaders in the educational materials and services space, and offer a number of premium, affordable classroom materials, books, and test preparation services for teachers that join our membership club.

If you’d like to be considered for membership with our club, please request a catalog and apply via our contact page.

What We Do

For this first post, I thought I’d write a few words on what we do here at Yearst and Young.

The process is quite simple: we are able to provide premium, top of the line books for students and teachers at incredible discounts, based on a membership club model.

To join, there’s a small annual membership fee, but you’ll then be given access to discounts and offers that are absolutely unbeatable by any other supplier on the market!

Our advantage is that we provide deals and offers based on exclusive arrangements directly with publishers and manufacturers. That means we get to cut out the middle men, and since we only offer these prices to members in our private club, we are able to negotiate extreme deals that other providers can’t get or advertise.

Our Philosophy

Now that you understand a bit about what we do, let’s go into the why we do it.

In our view, education is something that should be available for everyone. We disagree with a lot of the politics that goes into our current educational model, where a few industry leaders are able to reap billions of dollars of profit by jacking up prices on books and other materials that should be as affordable as possible.

Our philosophy, then, is to try to flip that model on its head, and provide classic novels, young adult fiction, and high school and university textbooks, as well as standardized test materials for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and more, all at the best possible price!