A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn creative expression by telling their own stories. With guidance, kids can also explore elements of storytelling like plot, characters, setting, and more.
Ease of Play
It will take some practice to figure out how to use the different tools.
Products & Purchases
A paid account offers premium features.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids' creativity takes center stage -- that is, if they're able to maneuver through the less-than-intuitive navigation and controls for this open-ended creation tool. Little Bird Tales as a website was clearly made for teachers, but that doesn't mean that families can't use it at home. The book-creation tool itself is just as relevant for home use as it is for classroom use, even if parents will need to help kids learn how to use it. That said, the Little Bird Tales: Storytelling Made Easy app feels like an afterthought addition to the website and as a whole. It's just not user-friendly. For instance, it's really unclear what the difference is between signing in and not signing in, and there doesn't seem to be any home page or much general organization around how the app is structured. Luckily, once in the book creation mode, things do get a bit clearer. As long as kids learn what's available and how to use the different tools, they should be able to create their books without too much trouble. And from there, the sky's the limits as kids can draw, write, take photos, and record their voice to tell a story.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.