One way to tell that an app is a winner is being told by a child, “Give me five more minutes, I’m almost done.” This statement shows me that he’s so engaged in what he’s doing, that he doesn’t want to stop. That’s the experience I think you’ll find with Storybook Maker app. It helps your child create one-of-a-kind projects that look amazing and can be saved or shared. Because it is well designed and fun to use, Fun Educational Apps awards it a Top Pick.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
Project based publishing apps for children are relatively new. StoryBook Maker, by Merge Mobile (for the iPad and iPad Mini), is one of a handful of apps that lets your child create personalised stories. Although intended for children 7 and up, younger children have found success using it as well, especially with adult assistance if they get stuck.
The fun starts once the child clicks “Add A New Book.” From there, the choices become deliciously endless. Think of a catchy title. Write the best story ever. Add a cool background. How many pages? Want a squiggly border? Which font looks best? Photos or drawings? Animated objects? You get the idea. Stories can be of any length, and can be as simple or as complex as your child chooses. The most precious stories will be the ones in which your child’s personality and style shines through.
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Storybook Maker offers so many choices, that it can prove overwhelming at first. I would recommend sticking with the bare essentials for the first book (a title, a simple story, a few pictures.) Then, as his comfort level increases, your child can add more special touches. Story Book Maker has the features I look for in a kid-friendly publishing app. It offers a wide variety of options and its user interface is clean and generally intuitive. A couple of hints: remember the Edit mode is the only place to make changes to a page. If you want to re-read what you’ve written so far, go back to the opening screen and click on the book. Also, it’s best to copy as many pages (background only) as you think you will need right away. Otherwise, when you click Copy, you get everything that’s on the page, including pictures and text that need to be deleted. If you create too many pages, no worries; it’s easy to delete them in Edit mode.
In my reviews, I try to suggest novel ways to use an app. For instance, at school I used Storybook Maker to help a boy who has autism write a joke book. His face lit up when he saw his picture and his favorite jokes in a book; with a little help, he was able to email it to his parents and his aunt. He wanted to use his own drawings, so we decided to take photos of them rather than trying to reproduce them with the drawing tool. If I had one request, it would be to add a set of cartoon faces (complete with googly eyes) and speech bubbles in the object library.
The opportunities for using Storybook Maker are limited only by your child’s imagination. Whether the theme is sports, fairy tales, animals, or a combination of all three, the books created with this app encourage your child’s creative writing skills to blossom. For this reason, Fun Educational Apps recognizes it as a Top Pick.
Storybook Maker is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad and iPad Mini App
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Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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