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Elementary School Writing Apps and Websites

By getting kids writing early and often, we prepare them to succeed across all subjects. As writing abilities improve, students will be able to communicate knowledge learned and demonstrate mastery of skills. Whether they're practicing storytelling, reflecting on a prompt, or peer editing, students will be working on essential self-expression and social skills. Give your students a leg up with these great picks for elementary school-age kids that'll get them writing and sharing.

Kid in Story Book Maker Publisher: Locomotive Labs
Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Tell About This Publisher: RSA Group, LLC
Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling; app records the results
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Write About This Publisher: RSA Group, LLC
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PrimaryPad Visit Website: http://primarypad.com/
Peer editing a breeze with adequate teacher modeling
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 2
Toontastic Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Writer, actor, director: Kids play all parts in riveting storytelling tool
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Pictello Publisher: AssistiveWare
Fabulous tool can help kids create social stories
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price $18.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
CAST UDL Book Builder Visit Website: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books
Grades 1-7
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Little Bird Tales Visit Website: https://littlebirdtales.com/
Easy-to-create digital storybooks empowering, even for younger kids
Grades 1-8
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Shadow Puppet Edu Publisher: Shadow Puppet Inc.
Resource-rich video slide-show creator a gem for a variety of classrooms
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Scribble Publisher: Fingerprint
Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Monster Exchange Visit Website: http://www.monsterexchange.org/
Draw, get descriptive with fun, kooky monster-based writing project
Grades 2-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Book Creator Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.49-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Visit Website: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Wildly engaging contest turns kids into novelists in 30 short days
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4