Book Creator

Common Sense Media says

Simple app lets kids craft their own books to read or share.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app comes with a sample book which doubles as instructions for the app. The book guides users through all of the app's functionality. Our review is based on the iPad version of the app; the Android version may have some differences in functionality and ease of play.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Book Creator (called Book Creator for iPad for iOS) is an app where kids and grown-ups alike can create their own e-books. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors for assembling their book. Images are brought in from your device's camera roll, and text is typed in the app itself. Images can be resized and repositioned, and text attributes can be changed. Books can have as many pages as needed and are saved as you go. A sample book is included in the app which also serves as a tutorial for learning how to use the app. Online help is also available via a link to your browser. Once users are done with their book, it can be opened in iBooks (iOS), Google Play Books (Android), or any number of other apps such as Dropbox, Evernote, and others. It can also be sent over email or saved to iTunes (iOS). Our review is based on the iPad version of the app; the Android version may have some differences in functionality.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • speaking
  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • self-assessment

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The simple user interface helps to engage kids in storytelling as they create e-books using their own photos, drawings, audio (including their own voice), video, and text. Even first-time users can create a book.

Learning Approach

Kids learn how to make a book using this app by reading a pre-made book that acts as a tutorial. Then they learn simply by doing -- choosing from options, creating books, and sharing them in different ways.

Support

A sample book doubles as the app's tutorial. Link to an extensive help and FAQ page on the developer's website via the app's "Support" tab.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • speaking
  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • self-assessment

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn how multimedia elements can help them tell a story as they choose from the various options on Book Creator and then make a book. Kids can create their own e-books, including writing their own words. Parents can also create books for their kids to read. Completed books can be posted in iBooks or Google Play Books, sent to others via email, uploaded to Dropbox, or printed to self-assess and get feedback. Book Creator is an excellent way for kids to practice their writing skills and enjoy crafting a digital book with multiple forms of expression. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Read the Getting Started tutorial. Then tap the + or New Book icon on the main screen. Choose a book shape. Then tap the + button to add photos, video, text, and sound to the cover page, first page, and so on. Swipe to move your content around the page and resize or rotate it as desired. Under the "i" tab, find many options for adjusting or deleting items. Every time you want to add something, just tap + again. Tap Pages and Edit to re-order or delete pages. When the book is done, tap on the toolbar's send icon to read it in iBooks (iOS) or share it in another way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BOOK CREATOR is a very simple and straightforward app for creating e-books. The instructions are very clear, and anyone new to the app can be creating their own book in just a few minutes. Users can save or view their books in a variety of apps. The included tutorial book gives all the information needed to use the app and create a book. It also guides users through the app's features within the tutorial book itself. 

Book Creator does what it does very well, and without too many choices. In this way, kids are not distracted from the app's main purpose -- meaningful multimedia content. 

Families can talk about...

  • If your kid has written a paper book, help him or her translate it into a multimedia book.

  • Write a book for your emerging reader, using words they are familiar with (including their name and photos) to help build reading confidence and interest.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android
Price:$2.49-$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 25, 2013
Category:Books
Size:8.90 MB
Publisher:Red Jumper Studio
Version:2.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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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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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old September 13, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Be an Author with Book Creator for iPad!

Book Creator for iPad is a app that will impress kids ages 7+. I have created a series of 10 and 3 other books using the app. I also was able to e-mail my books, send them to the iBook Store and the iBooks app. Now, everyone I know knows about my books. This is one of the apps that is better than all those video game apps. And it is great for learning how to write a book.
Kid, 8 years old August 18, 2014
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

FUN WITH FUN AGAIN

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What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Educator Written bylw1139 March 17, 2014
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Fantastic Learning Tool for the Classroom

Book Creator is a fantastic learning tool for the classroom. We have seen it used from Pre-K-8th Grade to capture student learning of all kinds. The students have used it to create their own stories, do retells, journal, even use it as a presentation tool. It is very multipurpose, interdicsiplinary, and an affective tool for students to quickly communicate. I really appreciate that they have added a drawing tool in the newest edition of the app. You no longer need to leave the app to make truly wonderful stories.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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