What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
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 ebooks and comic strips using their own photos, drawings, audio (including their own voice), video, and text. Even first-time users can create a book.
This creation tool is versatile enough to be used in any content area, and students can extend their creativity by creating images with other apps to use in their books.
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 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.
Families can talk 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.