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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
Read the BOOK CREATOR Getting Started tutorial, and then tap the "+" or New Book icon on the main screen. Choose a book shape and 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 reorder 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?
An amazingly easy-to-use digital bookmaking tool, this app is accessible even to kids in early elementary school grades to produce and publish their own simple books or comics with images, videos, and audio. Readers can access published books via iBooks or other online sources, or books can be printed on paper. Before creating that first book, it's helpful to read the basic tutorial. Because it makes creating books an easy step-by-step process, kids are not distracted from the app's main purpose: meaningful multimedia content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this type of tool can be helpful to get a creative process started, though sometimes paper and pencil offer a useful kind of flexibility.
Write a book for your emerging readers, using words they're familiar with (including their names and photos) to help build reading confidence and interest.
- Devices: iPad, Chromebook
- 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
- Price: Free-$120/year
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Free version supports one library and 40 books. For $60 per year, this expands to three libraries with 60 books each. $120 per year supports 10 libraries with 100 books each.)
- Release date: February 4, 2016
- Category: Books
- Size: 53.00 MB
- Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
- Version: 4.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
For kids who love to be creative
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