Ready to read some of the best Roblox coding books to make all sorts of cool features and games? Roblox is one of the most powerful gaming platforms for kids these days. What makes Roblox special is that kids get to create their own games and share them with whoever they want. Roblox coding is equal parts play and software development, and along with Scratch and Minecraft, it is one of the best ways to introduce a young person to Computer Science.
Studies show that kids learn through play, so when an educational experience is couched in a game, kids become like sponges for what they are learning. Ask any little kid about how they built their house in Minecraft and you will hear a complex story, rich in technical detail and problem solving skills.
This list of books can help you find the right book to help a student of any age discover the fun of coding in Roblox. For even more help learning Roblox coding, check out our free Roblox coding class led live online by an expert and designed by professionals from Google, Stanford and MIT, as well as our fun summer Roblox camps.
Discover the best Roblox coding books
We’ve broken down the five best books to learn Roblox to help you make the right choice. Be mindful that coding in Roblox is something that might require some previous experience with coding and most of these books will be geared towards older kids and adults, so younger learners might need some parental guidance in unpacking complex programming ideas.
1. The Ultimate Roblox Book: An Unofficial Guide: Learn How to Build Your Own Worlds, Customize Your Games, and So Much More!
Intended for elementary and middle school students, this guide offers a perfect launching point for young coders looking to build their first or second game in Roblox. The book helps readers to imagine all the possibilities that arise through coding skills while helping them to navigate the complexities of Roblox as a social platform. The book has an easy to read and conversational style, while being comprehensive about scripting and designing your own programs.
Review: “Roblox is my 10 year-old's favorite game. It's age appropriate and spurs on creativity, so we play it together and enjoy building our worlds. It's become quite the bonding experience, but as he learns more about the game, the more questions he has for me. This book has become an invaluable guide, written simply enough for a 10-year old to pull information out of it, but retains a sense of intuitiveness that helps me tackle some of the more in-depth aspects of the game. If your child (or you) plays this game, this book is a must have.”
Best for level: Beginner
While it’s called a Beginner’s guide, the density of this book makes it feel like it was written by a very big kid. It’s a totally great guide to Roblox, but younger kids might struggle with the dense writing and complex explanations, which are ideal for high school students who may be total beginners or intermediate students of Roblox, but who have some previous understanding of computer science concepts. The book has a lot of technical details and uses ample graphics.
Review: “Like any popular video game, a lot of books are being written about Roblox. This one is the best. Period. The guides and images are so helpful that even young kids can learn a ton in just a couple of minutes. Other books about this game seem rushed and poorly written. But this author clearly put in effort and cared about the final product. This is a must buy if you really want to help your kids get the most out of their Roblox experience.”
Best for level: Beginner - Intermediate
3. The Advanced Roblox Coding Book: An Unofficial Guide: Learn How to Script Games, Code Objects and Settings, and Create Your Own World!
This book guides you through the use of the studio tool, provides tutorials and project guides, then discusses how to put those lessons to use right away by creating your own unique game! With precise outlines, example screenshots, and easy-to-understand explanations of which code to use and how to use it, this book is a priceless companion for any Roblox game designer—from beginners to expert coders!
Review: “I'm a programmer parent. Personally, I don't think it matters much which language they start with, since the ideas of variables, types, control flow and classes are universal. More important at a young age is that they see the application of code to things they deem valuable, like games or personal status ("I have my own website"), and that they get the gist, it's not some impenetrable magic how much of the world works, and they can easily pick it up again later in life when they encounter a strong use case for code.”
Best for level: All levels
4. Coding Roblox Games Made Easy: The ultimate guide to creating games with Roblox Studio and Lua programming
Roblox uses a programming language called Lua, and this guide helps more advanced students to use Roblox as their foundation in Computer Science fundamentals. While the book works well as an introduction to Roblox, it might not be the best first book for beginners with no experience in object-oriented programming. However, even younger students with an interest in coding and Roblox shouldn’t have much trouble learning with this amazing step by step guide.
Review: “My 11 year old son is teaching himself how to create Roblox games and he's made so much progress since I gave him this book. He refers to it for everything and regularly tells me how valuable the information is.”
Best for level: Intermediate - Advanced
Last but not least, we have the official guide for programming in Lua by Roblox Studios. As the title says, this is not a comprehensive, in-depth guide, but rather a helpful jump-starting guide structured into 24 practical lessons. Like some of the other books listed here, it is very focused on Lua specifically, so for total beginners to coding, it might not be the best choice for you, but could be paired with another book to get a full understanding of Roblox.
Review: “My son was over the moon to get this and immediately started reading and coding. After 1 week he has a multi level game (simple jumper) that he is very happy with. This has motivated him to keep reading and coding.”
Best for level: Beginner - Intermediate
Enjoy the best Roblox coding books
Thanks for checking out our list of the best books on coding in Roblox. If you enjoy Roblox and want to learn more about object oriented programming, you might check out one of our Roblox (Beginner Roblox Game Coding - Grades 3-8; Coding with Roblox Studio in Lua - Grades 6-12), or Scratch classes, or you might be ready to try another language such as Python. Whatever level you’re at, just keep learning and keep having fun!
Up next, read about the best Roblox games for kids and find out how to make a Roblox game.
Written by Bryan Gordon, a Create & Learn instructor. After ten years of working as an English teacher, Bryan began studying Math and Computer Science over the past few years. Aside from writing and teaching, he likes cooking, gardening, playing guitar, and hanging out with his cats, Baguette and Wally.