Common Sense Review
Updated March 2016

Book Creator

Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
Common Sense Rating 5
  • Students can express their creativity through writing and designing their own books.
  • Add audio if you wish.
  • The many options are found in drop-down tabs, leaving the pages clean and open for creation.
  • Give your book an official title and author before sharing via several options.
Pros
Super-simple interface makes it easy to build pages, letting kids focus on creativity.
Cons
No stock images or clip art available within the app.
Bottom Line
Top-quality creation tool empowers kids of many ages to publish their own digital books.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 5
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

The simple user interface helps engage kids in storytelling as they create ebooks and comic strips using their own photos, drawings, audio (including their own voices), video, and text. Even first-time users can create a book.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

This creation tool is versatile enough to be used in any content area, and students can extend their creativity by app-smashing and creating images with other apps to use in their books.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

A sample book doubles as the app's tutorial. Users can link to an extensive help and FAQ page on the developer's website via the app's "Support" tab and lesson plan ideas on the blog.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

In the classroom, teachers or kids can create individual pages that become books. Before that first book, however, you will likely want to read the tutorial and try to create a sample page within the tutorial. Once they're familiar with the basic functions, it's time for kids and teachers to start creating: fiction or nonfiction books, how-to manuals with video and audio instructions, photo books, comic strips, and more. The in-app tutorial does not remind kids about basic components of a book (title, author byline, image-source credits), so using this app provides teachers with a good opportunity to give students a real-world lesson on those topics before kids publish.

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What's It Like?

Book Creator for iPad is an amazingly easy-to-use digital book-making tool. With guidance, even kids in early elementary school grades can use this technology tool to produce and publish their own simple books or comics with images, videos, and audio. Readers can access published books via iBooks or other online sources, or books can be printed on paper.

Before kids create that first book, it's helpful to read the basic tutorial. Then tap the plus sign or New Book icon on the main screen and choose a book shape. Then tap the plus icon to add photos, videos, and typed words to the cover page, first page, and so on. Simply swipe to move content around the page and resize or rotate it as desired. Under the "i" tab, find many options for adjusting or deleting items. Every time you want to add something, just tap the plus sign again. When the book is done, tap on the toolbar's send icon. It can be opened in iBooks or any number of other apps such as Dropbox and Evernote. It can also be sent over email, saved to iTunes, or printed. Book Creator for iPad does what it does very well -- and without too many choices. In this way, kids are not distracted from the app's main purpose: meaningful multimedia content.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Book Creator for iPad empowers kids to use their imaginations for a fictional story or compile information on a nonfiction subject to create books. Plus, they'll use critical-thinking skills as they brainstorm and make decisions about their books. Once they start to create the pages, students can learn how multimedia elements help them tell their story or communicate information effectively. Students can practice their writing skills and enjoy crafting a digital book with multiple forms of expression.

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