Storybird

Common Sense Media says

Create beautiful books to share online and in print.

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No external ads, but there are opportunities to win prizes for creating a lot of books. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

To start a membership the site asks for a username, password, and email. The site does not sell or give user information to third parties, unless obligated to do so by law. There is no chat feature or interaction with other users aside from commenting and "hearting" others' creations.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • events
  • exploration

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • problem solving
  • defining problems

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • empathy
  • labeling feelings

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • respect for others

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids who love to write or tell stories with pictures will love the opportunity to easily publish good-looking digital books.

Learning Approach

The social aspect of the site creates an art-infused storytelling community. Kids get to make lots of choices here; they'll learn by exploring.

Support

While the site provides an attractive platform, it can be difficult to find even technical help topics from within an account.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • events
  • exploration

Arts

  • script writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • problem solving
  • defining problems

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • empathy
  • labeling feelings

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences
  • respect for others

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Karen Wirsing

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Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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

Genre:Creating
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Price:Free-$99/year
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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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.
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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; OK 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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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 September 21, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old September 21, 2013
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

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!
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old April 23, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

hi

it will help us learn
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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