The Best JavaScript Books: Ultimate Guide

Last Updated August 20th, 2017
The ultimate guide to the best JavaScript books for beginner, intermediate and advanced developers. Categorized by difficulty with each book's features and intended audience summarized. Only books that are relevant, up to date and highly rated are included. We did the research so you don't have to.
The Best JavaScript Books: Ultimate Guide

BEGINNER

If you are just getting started with the language, or computer programming in general, these JavaScript beginner books are for you. Each book provides an introduction to foundational programming concepts while teaching you the basics of the JavaScript language.
A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript
Written by Mark Myers
Published on November, 28th, 2013
254 pages
Rated 4.5/5 stars
1593 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
No Programming experience required
About the book:
A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript is intended to make learning JavaScript fun. Written to help you retain as much as possible, it uses interactive exercises to drive its points home and make sure you completely understand what you're learning.
Learn JavaScript VISUALLY
Written by Ivelin Demirov
Published on July 18th, 2014
116 pages
Rated 4.5/5 stars
418 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback/Hardback
1 Edition
No Programming experience required
About the book:
Learn JavaScript Visually teaches the basics of the language with step-by-step interactive exercises, metaphors, and analogies. Written specifically for visual learners, the book uses full-color illustrations to help you to retain as much information as possible.
Head First JavaScript Programming
Written by Eric Freeman/Elisabeth Robson
Published on March 26,2014
704 pages
Rated 4.5/5 stars
135 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Some HTML/CSS experience required
About the book:
Head First JavaScript is part of a series of programming books that uses teaching methods grounded in scientific research. Through storytelling, engaging visuals and other 'attention-grabbing tactics', they aim to keep your attention from page to page and make learning JavaScript memorable.
JavaScript Absolute Beginner's Guide
Written by Kirupa Chinnathambi
Published on July 18, 2016
416 pages
Rated 4.3/5 stars
29 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
No Programming experience required
About the book:
JavaScript Absolute Beginner's Guide was written with the idea that in order to learn something, you must start with the basics. And so Kirupa Chinnathambi starts the book by explaining 'What is JavaScript' and builds from there over the course of each chapter.
JavaScript: Programming Basics for Absolute Beginners
Written by Nathan Clark
Published on August 16, 2017
151 pages
Rated 4.1/5 stars
36 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Some Programming experience required
About the book:
JavaScript Programming Basics for Absolute Beginners teaches you through 'learning by doing' and provides as many practical examples as possible. Nathan Clark takes you step-by-step, beginning with the history of the language through features and uses of JavaScript to data types and variables. This is part 1 of a 3 part series on JavaScript.

INTERMEDIATE

These are books for those developers who are comfortable with JS or another programming language and would like to dive deeper into some more advanced JavaScript features.
You Don't Know JS Series
Written by Kyle Simpson
Published on April 10, 2015
1136 pages
Rated 4.7/5 stars
315 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Some JavaScript experience required
About the book:
You Don't Know JS is a series of books that looks to give you a deep and well rounded understanding of all of the JavaScript language. It does not shy away from any of the less popular and difficult topics but instead dives right in to them.
Speaking JavaScript
Written by Axel Rauschmayer
Published on March 24, 2014
460 pages
Rated 4.6/5 stars
30 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Some Programming experience required
About the book:
Written by a programmer for programmers, Speaking JavaScript teaches the fundamentals of the language, best practices, package managers, build tools and more. A great resource for experienced developers coming from another programming language or for those who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of JavaScript.
JavaScript: A Detailed Approach to Practical Coding
Written by Nathan Clark
Published on December 11, 2017
151 pages
Rated 4.6/5 stars
18 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Some JavaScript experience required
About the book:
While still covering some of the basics of JavaScript, Nathan Clark goes into more intermediate level topics in this part of the series such as maps and sets, form handling, methods, and incorporating multimedia in your projects. Believing in the 'learning by doing' teaching style 'A Detailed Approach to Practical Coding' makes you continually practice what you read with over 90 examples to follow.
Eloquent JavaScript, 3rd Edition
Written by Marijn Haverbeke
Published on December 4, 2018
472 pages
Rated 4.3/5 stars
32 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
3 Editions
No programming experience required
About the book:
Covering the basics of computer programming all the way to DOM manipulation and building servers with NodeJS. Eloquent JavaScript covers everything you'll need to be a well-rounded web developer. With 5 real-world projects and exercises at the end of each chapter, you'll have plenty of opportunities to practice what you're learning along the way.
Web Development with Node and Express
Written by Ethan Brown
Published on July 25, 2014
332 pages
Rated 4.2/5 stars
45 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
2 Editions
Moderate JavaScript experience required
About the book:
If you're looking to build a RESTful API for a web app with user authentication and integration with other APIs look no further. 'Web Development with Node & Express' is a book dedicated to this specific subject. Coming from another programming language, you will learn all about JavaScript backend development with NodeJS and ExpressJS.

ADVANCED

For more established developers, these advanced JavaScript books cover topics such as game design, Object-oriented programming or go into detail into some of the languages features.
The Principles of Object-Oriented JavaScript
Written by Nicholas C. Zakas
Published on February 14, 2014
120 pages
Rated 4.7/5 stars
139 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Some Object-Oriented Programming experience required
About the book:
Covering everything you'd expect in an Object-Oriented based programming book such as Encapsulation, Aggregation, Inheritance, and Polymorphism. 'Principles of Object-Oriented JavaScript' shows how the language can be written utilizing OOP principles despite what developers coming from traditional OO languages may think.
Understanding ECMAScript 6
Written by Nicholas C. Zakas
Published on August 16, 2016
352 pages
Rated 4.7/5 stars
37 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Solid JavaScript experience required
About the book:
With ECMAScript 6 (ES6) being one of the largest updates in JavaScripts existence, 'Understanding ECMAScript 6' is an excellent book for experienced JavaScript developers looking to understand the changes that came with this update. Covering topics such as Classes, Destructuring, and Asynchronous programming, Nicholas Zakas explains the new ES6 features thoroughly.
Professional JavaScript for Web Developers
Written by Matt Frisbie
Published on October 15, 2019
900 pages
Rated 4.3/5 stars
107 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
4 Editions
Solid JavaScript experience required
About the book:
Covering ES 6 and 7, frameworks, web animation and more, 'JavaScript for Web Developers' is a resource for experienced JavaScript developers to update their skills and stay relevant in the fast-moving field of web development. With a focus on practical examples and by skipping over coding fundamentals found in other books, you will quickly be brought up to speed.
JavaScript: Advanced Features and Programming Techniques
Written by Nathan Clark
Published on March 5, 2018
131 pages
Rated 4.0/5 stars
13 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Moderate JavaScript experience required
About the book:
If you're coming from the other books in this series, 'JavaScript Advanced Features and Programming techniques' is the next step in your journey to mastering JavaScript. Although it doesn't go into great detail, an introduction is provided to ES6, Angular, NodeJS and ReactJS with programming design/best practices and debugging covered more thoroughly.
Advanced Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript
Written by Rex van der Spuy
Published on May 1, 2015
540 pages
Rated 4.0/5 stars
6 total reviews
Avaliable in Kindle/Paperback
1 Edition
Advanced Programming experience required
About the book:
For experienced developers looking to jump into video game creation 'Advanced Game Design with HTML5 and JavaScript' is a great place to start. Intended to provide everything you'll need to write 2D JavaScript games from scratch, the book goes into drawing graphics on screen, loading images, sounds, and other game assets, animation, collision detection and more.

CONCLUSION

So there you have it, the ultimate guide to the best JavaScript books for beginner, intermediate and advanced developers. We hope you found it useful as we take great care in providing the most accurate information possible. Our goal with this guide was to create a summary of the best JavaScript books available so you can quickly find the right book for you without all the research. We hope you liked it.