The Best Python Books for Beginners in 2024

Liz Eggleston

Written By Liz Eggleston

Last updated on December 29, 2022

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Ready to learn Python? Python is a powerful, open-source, multi-paradigm programming language used to build websites, access databases, and build software and games. We've asked bootcamp instructors and career changers which books they love to read and recommend. Check out one of these top 11 recommended Python books and get to work!

1. Head First Python

Author: Paul Barry

2. Core Python

Author: Wesley Chun

3. Data Structures and Algorithms in Python

Authors: Michael T. Goodrich, Roberto Tamassia, Michael H. Goldwasser, 2013

4. Python Algorithms

Author: Magnus Lie Hetland

5. Foundations of Network Programming in Python

Authors: John Goerzen, Brandon Rhodes

6. Python for Software Design: How to Think like a Computer Scientist

Author: Allen B. Downey

7. Learning Python

Author: Mark Lutz

8. Programming in Python 3: A Complete Introduction to the Python Language

Author: Mark Summerfield

9. Dive into Python 

Author: Mark Pilgrim

10. Python Cookbook

Author: Alex Martelli

11. Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

A free book recommended by Meggie from Hackbright Academy!

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About The Author

Liz Eggleston

Liz Eggleston

Liz Eggleston is co-founder of Course Report, the most complete resource for students choosing a coding bootcamp. Liz has dedicated her career to empowering passionate career changers to break into tech, providing valuable insights and guidance in the rapidly evolving field of tech education.  At Course Report, Liz has built a trusted platform that helps thousands of students navigate the complex landscape of coding bootcamps.

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