Common Sense Media says

Sweet site lets kids write and illustrate original stories.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

StoryJumper promotes self-esteem for kids as they write their own books and share them with the public.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

While there are no ads on the site, it does gently push the option to purchase a printed copy of the book your child creates for $24.95.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

StoryJumper is adamant about adhering to privacy laws. Kids under the age of 13 who want to use the site must have consent from a parent or guardian (kids must submit a parent's email address and the parent must approve the account.) The site encourages kids not to use their real names as part of their StoryJumper usernames. Kids can choose to keep their stories private, make them publicly viewable on the StoryJumper site, or share them with friends and family.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that StoryJumper is a charming and easy-to-use tool that gives kids a template to create their own short children's books. Very young kids might need some help with the text, but they'll do fine with the illustrations, created by dragging and dropping a series of images onto the page. StoryJumper would make a fun after-school activity, as it's almost game-like, and kids can get into creating virtual environments featuring the characters they've brought to life.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

StoryJumper has an organized system that minimizes frustration and really activates imaginations. The speedy process will be satisfying to impatient kids, and a finished story will hopefully inspire them to write another.

Learning Approach

With this tool, learning comes by doing. StoryJumper allows kids to experiment and make changes at any time. A printable worksheet is also available to keep kids on track and introduce them to a classic writing process.

Support

StoryStarter includes all kinds of prompts that will help kids get their imaginations rolling. However, once kids are actually creating the book, there isn't much technical assistance unless they refer back to the main help page.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn the basics of storytelling using StoryJumper's 7-step formula. They'll use imagination combined with decision-making skills to help them achieve their goal of a complete story. They'll learn to match images with words to visually tell a tale, and can even use their own drawing skills to create detailed characters and backgrounds. StoryJumper brings together reading, writing, and imagination, giving kids an outlet to express themselves through storytelling.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

STORYJUMPER lets kids create and publish their own illustrated stories. Whether beginning writers or seasoned pros, StoryJumper provides an outlet for kids to use their imaginations as well as learn some real writing strategy if they're ready for it. The simple interface lets kids illustrate one page using a drag and drop graphics system while adding their own text onto the facing page. When kids are finished, they can publish their story as viewable to public, private, or friends and family only on the StoryJumper site. They also have the option of purchasing a hardcover version for $24.95.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

StoryJumper works for a wide age range; little kids will love just playing around with the graphics, and older kids can construct a more advanced story using the advice provided in the StoryStarter section of the site. Putting together the illustrations is almost more fun than the actual writing; the graphic options are incredibly detailed and very fun to explore. StoryJumper also includes some nice little touches; for example, when you turn pages, it makes a papery "whoosh" sound to approximate a real book.

Families can talk about...

  • When reading books to your kids, you can emphasize story elements like character and plot, and ask kids what they notice. What qualities make the main character special? What changed in the story from beginning to end?

  • Bring the whole family in on the story-writing. Try an "exquisite corpse" activity, in which each member of the family writes a page after seeing only the page before it, and so on. This always results in wacky fun.

  • It's easy and fun to create characters using StoryJumper. Kids could start a series of books starring their favorite protagonist.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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