Kid in Story Book Maker

Common Sense Media says

Use kids' photos to make unique stories, help social skills.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The beauty of Kid in Story Book Maker is how easy it is to use. Parents can easily and quickly create custom books, but kids can pick up on the interface easily as well.

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Privacy & safety

Users are not asked to enter any personal information, and the privacy policy outlines in easy-to-understand language how nonpersonal information is used.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kid in Story Book Maker's price may be hefty compared to some storybook-creation apps, but it has special features that make it easy to create social stories for kids who need extra help with social and communication skills. Users can create stories from scratch or can add a specific kid into stories already included in the template, which is especially helpful for kids on the autism spectrum who may need to see themselves encountering situations, such as a visit to the dentist, in storybook form before encountering the situation in real life. Though designed for kids with autism in mind, Kid in Story Book Maker could be helpful for parents of preschoolers who want to introduce kids to a routine or ease them into a new experience.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Health & Fitness

  • mental health

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

What's more exciting to kids than reading stories or publishing their own? Starring in those stories!

Learning Approach

Creating social stories allows kids to see themselves in different situations before they encounter them, which may ease anxiety. This approach can be very successful with kids on the autism spectrum.

Support

Easy-to-follow tutorial video shows kids, parents, and teachers how to create or alter stories.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • naming
  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Health & Fitness

  • mental health

Kids can learn reading skills, as well as social and emotional skills, through reading and creating social stories. Kids can use Kid in Story Book Maker to create stories featuring their own pictures and words. The templates included allow parents to create social stories to help their kids prepare for experiences or introduce and reinforce routines. The social story focus for kids with special social and communication needs sets Kid in Story Book Maker apart from many similar apps.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

KID IN STORY BOOK MAKER includes several template stories wherein parents or kids can add their image right into the story. It's easy to extract a person's image from a photo and eliminate the background, so only the picture of the person can be dropped into the scenes of a book. Parents can create custom books using their own images and words, or they can add their child's image to existing stories (including Faces I Make and Let's Get a Haircut, with more being added regularly). Create unique stories to help kids adapt and grow.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Though many storybook-creation apps exist, Kid in Story Book Maker holds its own, even with a hefty price tag. Its social-story focus for kids with special social and communication needs sets it apart from other storybook makers. A video tutorial shows exactly how to use the tool, which is so easy to manipulate that many kids will quickly be able to create their own stories and insert themselves or their friends into them. Kids can easily share their storybooks, too, even with friends and family who do not buy the app, since there's a free reader available for download. Ways to use Kid in Story Book Maker are limitless, from creating stories to prepare kids for new situations to making memory books of experiences and everything in between. This is a storybook tool that parents and kids will enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Create social stories for kids before anxiety-inducing events such as the first day of school or a visit to the dentist so they can know what to expect and look forward to the experience.

  • Create a story for your kid's morning or bedtime routine using pictures of them at each step.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$6.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 31, 2013
Category:Education
Size:71.50 MB
Publisher:Locomotive Labs
Version:1.2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 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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  • 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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