Scribble Press

 
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Versatile book creator for kid storytellers at any level.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's easy to create an account and start writing. With more than 500 drawing tools and 50 story templates, this app makes putting together your own book really simple.

Violence

Content depends upon what writers include in their stories. Public books are held for 24 hours before publication so in-house readers can make sure content is kid-friendly. Violent content is prohibited by the app's terms.

Sex

Content depends upon what writers include in their stories. Public books are held for 24 hours before publication so in-house readers can make sure content is kid-friendly. Vulgar and pornographic content is prohibited by the app's terms.

Language

Content depends upon what writers include in their stories. Public books are held for 24 hours before publication so in-house readers can make sure content is kid-friendly. Violent, vulgar, and pornographic content is prohibited by the app's terms.

Consumerism

Story packs (such as "Comic Creator," "Spooky Story Pack," "I Love New York," and more) and sticker packs ("Valentine's Day," "Holiday," and more) are promoted as in-app purchases for $0.99 each. An author can order a printed copy of his or her book. The story and sticker packs are promoted at the top of the main page, and there's a shopping cart at the bottom of the page. At the time of this review, printing prices were $14.95 per book.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Content depends upon what writers include in their stories. Public books are held for 24 hours before publication so in-house readers can make sure content is kid-friendly. Content related to drugs is prohibited by the app's terms.

Privacy & safety

Kids must be 13 or older to create a personal account, and all kids of any age using the app need parent permission before they are allowed to share them in the public gallery. Otherwise, all books are private. An email address, a first and last name, a username, and a password are required to establish an account. Books or online displays of books contain a notice that lists the submitting user's name with a copyright icon. The app's privacy policy does state: "Since the app will allow your child to create a book, it is possible that your child might inadvertently disclose personal information...in the content of the book." Although Scribble Press does monitor books, the app's terms make it clear it is not responsible for any personal information that is posted, and parents need to monitor their children's written content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Scribble Press is a kid-friendly app kids can use to write and illustrate books, publish them publicly or privately, and even order a printed copy. Kids can start with a blank book and let their imaginations run or use a premade story line, which is especially handy for younger kids or kids who need more structure in their storytelling or creative writing. All books that users want to share publicly are held for 24 hours to make sure the content is acceptable for kids. Still, kids under 13 aren't allowed to create an account; parents will have to work with younger storytellers to ensure that they know the rules of public publishing versus sharing their work privately and how to protect their personal information. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • initiative
  • self-assessment

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The design options -- from pre-crafted, fill-in-the-blank story templates to blank book templates or drawing-only pages -- create a highly adaptable, engaging experience for kids.

Learning Approach

This is kid-led learning at its creative best, as kids choose which type of writing or storytelling they want to try -- for example, using pre-scripted templates, drawings, greetings cards, or full books -- as well as whether they prefer private sharing or online or print publishing.

Support

A comprehensive FAQ helps kids and parents decipher Scribble Press's many options.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • initiative
  • self-assessment

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can practice creative writing, storytelling, illustrating, and drawing by creating books on Scribble Press. Kids also can learn a lot about online and print publishing. If assisted by a parent or teacher, kids can learn when to share stories privately, when to publish online, and what information to keep private when they share publicly. Overall, Scribble Press is an option-packed, carefully crafted app that likely will help kids bring countless new books to life.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

SCRIBBLE PRESS is a kid-friendly book-creation and -publication app that kids can use to write and illustrate stories, publish them online or in print, and view other kids' books. More than 500 writing and drawing tools allow kids to convey their stories and their messages via words, fonts, colors, images, and more. After you create an account, tap New Book to start working on a blank template or a pre-made story line, including ideas such as "If I ran for president" or "My first day at my new school." Tap New Drawing to draw a picture, or tap Browse Books to find and read books published publicly by other Scribble Press users. Kid works can be published online publicly or privately, or printed copies can be ordered directly from the app. Scribble Press also offers kids the option to draw to make pictures, greeting cards, or other one-page works. Scribble Press provides kids with ways to practice storytelling and use creativity and share as much or as little as desired.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids are empowered by Scribble Press to imagine and create stories with whatever storytelling skills they currently have, whether it involves using one of the 50 pre-made story templates or starting completely from scratch and moving all the way to public publishing. You'll need to be involved with younger kids, and even for older kids parents may want to provide reminders about guarding personal information if kids want to publish their books on the app publicly. But the options for creativity are nearly limitless, and kids will be able to choose their own levels of book customization. Scribble Press lives up to its motto -- "Imagine, Create, Publish" -- and it's a great way for kids to explore storytelling, illustrating, and publishing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what a good story contains, including great characters and a compelling conflict. Ask your kids about their favorite stories and have them identify these elements. 

  • Families can set up a book-sharing night, with parents and kids reading to each other from family faves or using their imaginations. 

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:February 21, 2013
Category:Education
Size:53.80 MB
Publisher:Scribble Press
Version:2.0.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or late

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