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6 Great Arduino Project books for Beginners

The Arduino has been around for ages, and there is tons of information and help out there if you are just getting into electronics and programming. I wanted to compile a list of my favorite Arduino books that contain many projects. I like Arduino books that focus more on the quality of the projects that it includes and not the quantity. Arduino project books should contain many details and should be easy to follow. There are many books out that that start off strong explaining the basics of electronics and then just jump to projects leaving the reader to fend for themselves trying to figure out what they are doing.

The projects included in this book are intended for beginners to intermediate readers. Having some background in electronics or programming will definitely help you understand more of the projects you are doing. Below is a list of some of my favorite Arduino project books.

6. Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Project Book: Super-Simple Arduino

This Arduino book is aimed more at children with the quirky style of writing but, honestly, everyone can learn something from it. If your kids enjoy watching electronics videos then they will definitely recognize Sylvia from YouTube. The book is aimed at trying to get more kids involved with electronics and programming, and making things from scratch using their hands. Some of the explanations are not very deep and detailed, so they may need some adult supervision to answer those questions, assuming the adult has knowledge of electronics and programming.

The projects you’ll make in this book are unlike any of the others I have seen in Arduino project books. You’ll learn how to make an adjustable strobe light as well as two digital musical instruments you can actually play. You’ll also learn the basics of coding, electronics and science. Again, the book doesn’t go deep into these topics so if you do follow along with a child then you make need to explain more into detail about what is going on.

I definitely recommend this book just for the different projects that are included in the book that aren’t seen in other Arduino project books, however don’t expect them going into deep detail about what exactly you are doing. The book is aimed for children and getting them to develop an interest in science, electronics and programming or just basically getting their feet wet in the topics.

5. Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform

This isn’t the official Arduino book, however you can basically call it the unofficial Arduino Getting Started book. Getting Started with Arduino is co-written by Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of the Arduino. The book is aimed at people with no prior experience in programming or electronics at all. It features some cool projects and starts off slow with a lot of detail, but than suddenly starts assuming you already know about programming and electronics and becomes vague.

The book starts with the absolute basics of how the Arduino Uno works and what components are on the board. It provides some great starter projects that teach you how to make LED’s blink and how to read the inputs of push buttons but as I stated earlier it suddenly jumps from fun and easy to difficult code and hardware setups with little explanation on what you are doing and how to learn from the topics.

This wouldn’t be the best getting started book only because of the poor explanations in the later subjects. The book started off going slow and explained many things in detail but quickly jumped to a more advanced level. I would only recommend this book for the early chapters or if you already have some experience with electronics and programming to get some ideas for projects you can make.

4. Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches

This was my go-to book when first learning to program the Arduino and learning the basics of the C language. The book assumes you have no prior knowledge of programming and holds your hand as you learn the basics of programming on the Arduino step by step. The book contains many programming examples and you’ll learn the basics of C as well as writing your own libraries.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of the Arduino hardware and how to exploit and interact with the hardware. The book will show you how to upload your own sketches, all the way to developing your own libraries and use object-oriented programming methods. The book not only shows you the basics but will lead you thru more advanced sketches like writing and retrieving data to the Arduino EEPROM and interacting with LCD display screens and drawing your own symbols on the LCD screen.

If you are new to programming or just have some basic programming skills then I highly recommend this book. It’s a must-have for someone who is just starting with programming and working with the Arduino.

3. Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio

This book may not be for everyone especially if you are not into HAM radio. I do recommend getting into Amateur Radio as it is still a fun way to communicate with other people and in emergency situations it can be the only way to communicate locally. This is a great book that starts off discussing in detail about the Arduino and the basics then jumps in to the projects. The projects start off easy like displaying data on an LCD screen and slowly lead into one another.

You’ll learn how to display data on an LCD screen and get data from your HAM radio to display going into a mores code decoder all the way to a solar powered station. The authors do a good job of explaining what the parts are and what you are building. They also go into detail about the programming so you are not just blindly copying and pasting like some other project books. This books explains how to put the circuit together and the reason why it works in the end.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are into Amateur Radio or are thinking of getting into it. Some of the topics do start getting more advanced so a small background in electronics and programming is helpful but not needed. The book gives you a very good foundation for hacking your HAM Radio as well as doing some modifications to make it fit your needs.

2. Arduino Cookbook: Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects

The Arduino Cookbook is more then just a book about different projects you can make. It is more of a tutorial for all the different things you can do with your Arduino. The book is very educational and features educational chapters that allow you to learn more about electronics. I must say, the educational chapters don’t go very deep but just glide over the subjects that they are covering. You may get easily lost but I like to think of it as opening your world to different subjects you can research on your own.

Some of the subjects include serial communication, wireless communication, Bluetooth, and infrared projects. The book also covers some basics in programming as well, which will help you write your own code. The projects included in this book are pretty useful to make bigger and better projects. You’ll learn how to use wireless transceivers to send data between two Arduinos or even reprogramming the Arduino Uno to emulate a native USB drive.

I recommend this book if you already have some experience with the Arduino and programming. If you do end up buying the book and the subjects seems too deep or you are having trouble understanding them then don’t return the book, come back to it in a few months once you learn the basics. You’ll be glad you did.

1. Arduino Project Handbook: 25 Practical Projects to Get You Started

Arduino Project Handbook is a very well organized beginner friendly book which includes many useful projects. The first couple of projects start off slow and include the basics like turning on LED’s and making a buzzer go off, but as you do the projects you will use these new skills by building an “Intruder” sensor or Electronic Die.

Some of the projects included in the book are a Plant Monitor which will help you monitor the health of your plants around the house. Maybe you would like to build your own Weather Station and find out the temperature outside. That’s all covered in this book. The projects are well organized and slowly increase in difficulty as you progress through the book. It is very well illustrated and doesn’t expect the reader to have a vast knowledge of electronics.

I highly recommend this book of projects if you are just beginning or learning programming and the Arduino. Some of the projects do get repetitive and are the same project repackaged as something else or with added features.