Book Creator

App review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Magically easy way to create and publish books.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

Kids can learn how multimedia elements can help them tell a story as they choose from the various options and make a book. Because the page count is unlimited and the options allow for multiple types of expression, kids can experiment and really demonstrate their creativity. 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. 

Ease of play

Sample book doubles as instructions. Our review is based on the iPad version of the app; the Android version may have some differences in functionality and ease of play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Book Creator is a bookmaking tool. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors for assembling their books in a variety of formats, including comic strips. You can include images from your device's camera roll, and images can be resized and repositioned, text attributes can be changed, and books can have as many pages as needed. Once users are finished with a 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). Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

Parent Written bylw1139 March 17, 2014

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 ha... Continue reading
Educator Written byCsamek August 15, 2016

Take Your Writing Assignments to the 21st Century!

So many of us today use online book creation tools to document family reunions, make photo albums, and more. Why shouldn't our children learn how to do th... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 13, 2013

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... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old August 18, 2014

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.

App details

For kids who love to be creative

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