StoryKit

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Kids can create and edit their own picture books.

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to create their own simple storybooks with photos, drawings, text, and recorded voice, as well as experience reading traditional children's stories such as The Three Little Pigs and Humpty Dumpty on Story Kit. Through these preloaded or self-created stories, kids can learn the components of good storytelling, as well as experience some language patterns, vocabulary, and storytelling methods from the antique stories that, while old, may be new to them. StoryKit offers decent quality for a free, simple storybook creation app, with the extra perk of a private online sharing tool.

Ease of Play

The interface could be a bit too confusing for very young kids, but most kids old enough to be writing their own dialogue can probably handle it.

Violence & Scariness

Two of the pigs -- and the wolf -- end up eaten in this version of "The Three Pigs." No art illustrates this, though.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In "The Rocket Book," a runaway toy rocket lights a cigarette for a man about to take a puff.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that StoryKit is a free app that allows kids to edit and customize some old, classic picture books, and also create their own books from scratch. They can type in text on each page, attach photos (as long as there are photos stored on their device), take a photo, or draw their own illustrations. FYI, the pre-existing books used in the app bear little resemblance to the classic tales you already know (for example, "Three Little Pigs" is more violent here than the standard version, while "The Three Bears" is so friendly that is has zero antagonism between Goldilocks and the bears).

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What's it about?

Kids create a book by tapping "new book" on the bookshelf and then following the icons or word prompts through the process. Kids can type in text on each page, attach or take photos, move and resize them by swiping or pinching, draw illustrations, and record their own narration. A good, first digital book creation experience.

Is it any good?

STORYKIT is a wonderful idea that could benefit from better execution. The interface can be a bit funky in ways that might confuse or frustrate kids. For example, the app allows you to enter more text into a box than will fit in the space above or below an illustration, meaning that some of your words are going to be hidden. Trying to do simple things like center a title can also be confounding. Still, as a free app, it offers kids a lot of freedom and should spark their creativity in some very good ways.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Before your kid reads this app's preloaded children's storybooks (or you read one to him or her), explain that the stories may sound and look different from any they've heard before because they are older versions.

  • Help kids upload, send, and view the storybooks they create online.

App details

For kids who love to create

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