What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- making new creations
- producing new content
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.