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Create beautiful books to share online and in print.
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Educational value

Kids can learn to use their reading and writing skills -- as well as use their creativity and imagination -- to create brand new stories by themselves or with family members and friends. By inventing something of their very own, budding writers will gain the self-confidence to write more, increasing their appreciation for literacy and storytelling. Being able to look at other kids' stories can also inspire them. Storybird gives kids a fun and easy way to share in story creation across miles and generations.

Positive messages

The books share messages of hope, love, and growth. 

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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No external ads, but there are opportunities to win prizes for creating a lot of books. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that that Storybird is a site that allows users to create their very own personalized stories. The site is committed to sparking user imagination by providing a variety of colorful and vibrant Illustrations that ignite creativity. First, choose which photos you want to include in your book, then incorporate your very own dialogue -- before long words will be pouring onto the page. Although this is a great site for younger children, users must be 13 years of age to become a member. If a child is younger than 13, he/she must provide a parent’s email address, and then the parent is immediately notified that their child has become a storybird.

What's it about?

Kids can choose from a wide array of different themes like: children, pigtails, and pets, then pick from a range of different artists' illustrations. After they decide which style of drawing suits them best, they can arrange the pictures in any order they want and begin writing their masterpieces. The site also offers the opportunity to co-author stories with friends and family and allows readers to \"heart\" those stories that they like the best. Monthly challenges are included to reward the best stories of the month. Users who apply derogatory language, bully others, share personal information, or utilize any form of inappropriate online behavior will be banned from the site. Storybird has a tight management system that ensures the site remains a friendly and positive environment for kids of all ages.

Is it any good?


Storybird is a wonderful site for kids, and adults, of all ages. Users can choose to create stories just for themselves, share their creations with the public, or co-author stories with others. Illustrations provided are colorful and detailed and really spark the imagination. The pictures range from nature and animals to family relationships and fairy tales. Published stories are rich with ethical and moral messages and include titles such as "Fun is for Everyone," "Baby Sisters," and "Mom vs. Stepmom." This is a great tool that allows families and friends to connect over long distances, and provides an opportunity to share storytelling time from miles away. Simply create your story, save it, print it, or email it to friends and family.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of storytelling. How has storytelling evolved throughout history, and what is the benefit of sharing stories?

  • Families can also discuss internet safety and the permanence of publishing things online.

Website details

Subjects:Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, exploration
Language & Reading: reading, storytelling, writing
Arts: script writing
Skills:Tech Skills: digital creation
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, respect for others
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Emotional Development: empathy, labeling feelings, perspective taking
Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Collaboration: teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: defining problems, making conclusions, problem solving
Self-Direction: personal growth, self-reflection
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 September 21, 2013

Nice Creative Outlet

I haven't explored this website much, but it seems very nice. All of the stories I've seen so far are clean, and the pictures are beautiful. A lot of the stories have some sort of meaning, so that's a positive message. Overall this site seems fine for kids.
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Kid, 12 years old September 21, 2013

Best website ever!

This is my absolute favorite website. The environment is great, everyone is so nice, and you can really let your creativity flow. So so so great!
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Kid, 12 years old April 23, 2013


it will help us learn
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns