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Best Apps for Creating Books and Storybooks

Digital storytelling and book making can help students express themselves and demonstrate learning. These great digital book creation apps and websites take traditional books and storybooks a step further, combining text with visual and audio elements to make students' publications truly multimodal. Students can write down their thoughts and assemble a collection of original or curated content ranging from photos, drawings, and images to audio and video clips -- in some cases, even animated text.

The thought of students' storytelling could conjure images of autobiographical presentations or fantastical tales -- these are certainly options. But it's also important to think beyond personal narratives to how students might share the "stories" of their learning on any topic. And beyond student presentations and publications, plenty of teachers are jumping on board, creating dynamic books and presentations that serve as instructional tools.

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Kid in Story Book Maker

Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills

Bottom line: A must-have story creation tool for teachers in special-needs settings.

Tell About This

Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling; app records the results

Bottom line: Versatile tool can be used as a pre-writing or publishing activity.

WriteReader Classroom

Versatile, easy-to-use book maker for beginner writers

Bottom line: Empowering tool will make kids want to write.

Imagistory: Schools Edition - A Storytelling App

Kids use pictures to create narrative adventures in easy-to-use app

Bottom line: Illustrated story prompts are a great start for creative storytelling.

Write About This

Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing

Bottom line: The tool’s flexibility for many possible applications makes it an excellent bet.

Scribble Press - Creative Book Maker for Kids

Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers

Bottom line: A quality way for kids to explore storytelling, illustrating, and publishing.

My Story Book Creator School Edition

Sleek platform is a great artistic tool, intro to digital creation

Bottom line: This is a great and accessible option for getting kids telling stories and introducing them to digital creation tools.

Storybird

Social storytelling site helps kids create, publish storybooks

Bottom line: A great fit for teachers looking to develop students' writing and digital citizenship skills through storybook creation.

My Story Book Maker

Super-easy way to introduce digital book creation to kids

Bottom line: Practical, experiential learning gets kids started on digital book creation.

Pictello

Fabulous tool can help kids create social stories

Bottom line: Pictello is a great way for kids to create social stories that can help them find their unique voice and prepare for internal and external struggles.

CAST UDL Book Builder

Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books

Bottom line: CAST UDL Book Builder is an excellent resource to get kids started on digital content creation; it's simple and straightforward and caters to a variety of learning styles.

Me: A Kid's Diary

Unique take on self-exploration relies on prompts to guide reflection

Bottom line: With plenty of ways to express and document their thoughts and more, this app can help students learn something new about themselves.

StoryKit

Create charming digital books with solid story app

Bottom line: Decent quality for a free, simple storybook creation app, it has the extra perk of a private online sharing tool.

StoryJumper

Storybook creation site has great support for classrooms

Bottom line: Reliable, easy-to-use storytelling tool gives students solid tools to tell a story, collaborate with others, and share their work.

Book Creator

Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia

Bottom line: This is a top-quality creation tool that lets students of many ages and abilities publish their own digital books.

Microsoft Sway

Cool scroll effects, flexible features boost visual storytelling tool

Bottom line: A great tool for design and presentation, if great visuals and easy sharing trump having the active viewing features present in other tools.

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