A huge number of Perl users can trace their initial coding efforts back to O'Reilly's [Learning Perl](http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920049517.do), now available in its 7th edition. The easy introduction and smooth tour of basic features through more powerful ones made it easy to get started, all with a focus on getting things done.
brian d foy, well known in the Perl community and one of the authors of Learning Perl, has launched [a Kickstarter campaign](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1422827986/learning-perl-6?ref=nav_search) to help fund the work to create an O'Reilly-published Learning Perl 6. Just as Learning Perl made Perl 5 accessible to a wide array of programmers, both professional and casual, Learning Perl 6 will introduce this new language in a fun and accessible way. brian provides some additional detail on [his perl blog](http://blogs.perl.org/users/brian_d_foy/2016/11/kickstart-learning-perl-6.html) as well. If you're interested in getting started with Perl 6, help brian fund the book that could get you rolling.