Data Structures & Algorithms Books For Beginners

We often get asked what the best books are for learning data structures and algorithms. While there are many great options out there, we wanted to put together a list of books that we think are particularly well suited for beginners. If you’re just getting started in the world of data structures and algorithms, any one of these books would be a great place to start your journey.

Grokking Algorithms: An illustrated guide for programmers and other curious people by Aditya Bhargava

This is another one that takes an unconventional approach, using illustrations and step-by-step explanations to teach key concepts.

If you’re someone who learns best by seeing things visually, this book could be a great fit for you.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a beginner, it’s still an enjoyable read with some interesting illustrations.

Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein

This is one of the most popular textbooks on algorithms and data structures and for good reason.

It does a great job of providing a broad overview of both topics while also going into detail on many important algorithms and data structure concepts.

It’s definitely aimed at a more technical audience, but if you’re willing to put in the effort to work through the material it’s an excellent resource.

Data Structures & Algorithms Made Easy: Data Structure and Algorithmic Puzzles by Narasimha Karumanchi

If you’re looking for something a bit more lighthearted, this book takes a unique approach by presenting data structures and algorithms concepts as puzzles that you need to solve.

It’s a great way to learn both at the same time while also sharpening your problem-solving skills.

And even if you don’t consider yourself a “beginner,” the puzzles can still be fun and challenging.

“Algorithms” by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne

If you like your books with a side of code, this is the textbook for you.

“Algorithms” comes with an accompanying website that has Java code for all of the algorithms covered in the book.

This is great for visual learners who want to see the algorithms in action.

However, because this book focuses more on code than on theory, it might not be suitable for absolute beginners.

“Elements of Programming Interviews: 300 Questions And Solutions” by Adnan Aziz, Tsung-Hsien Lee, and Amit Prakash

This book is less about teaching you how to code algorithms and more about giving you practice so that you can ace your next programming interview.

It contains 300 questions divided into sections based on topic (e..g arrays, strings, linked lists) with detailed solutions for each one.

This book is great for people who have a basic understanding of data structures and algorithms but want more practice before jumping into an interview situation.

“Data Structures & Algorithms in Java” by Lafore

This book takes a more practical approach than Cormen et al., providing code examples in Java for each concept covered.

This makes it a great choice if you’re looking for something that you can read and immediately start implementing in your own projects.

However, because it is geared toward Java developers, it may not be the best choice if you’re using a different programming language.

There are plenty of great options out there when it comes to books on data structures and algorithms. But if you’re just getting started, any one of these three would be a great place to begin your journey. So pick up one (or all) of them today and start learning!