20+ Storybook Creation Tools and Apps

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“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

We learn through the process of storytelling. Stories give learners a context for knowledge gained and a way to visualize concepts and ideas. Educators can use storytelling to teach any subject and engage students. In addition, teaching our learners to be great storytellers helps give them confidence because they are allowed to be creative and share a part of themselves. In their stories, they can always be the hero. Below are a few online tools and mobile apps to help your learners create digital books. There are 100s of digital storytelling tools and apps I have written about here, but in this post I am focusing on tools in which you create digital books. Storybook apps and tools make it possible for learners to share a complete narrative. Storybook creation tools tend to be very easy to use and are a safe way to publish work online, since students usually contribute only text and images. Check out my recent webinar recording filled with lesson ideas.  Below, I have included the slide presentation. In future posts, I will share tools for creating stories with video tools and multimedia apps.

Storybook Creation Webtools

  • Zooburst– My favorite storybook creation tool. The web tool is absolutely amazing and fantastic for students to create online 3D pop-up books they can embed, add their own photos to, and create written dialogues for.  They can interact with their story using the Augmented Reality option. The free iPad app allows students to read the stories made and students scan Zooburst Story Codes to read the digital story made online.
  • Little Bird Tales– Students can draw their own art or upload images to create a book where they add their voice and text to narrate their story. Then they can embed, create PDFs and MP4s of their stories. Available for i-devices for $2.99 but the web tool allows for the creation of free stories.
  • Storybird-Perhaps the easiest storybook creation tool! Students create beautiful stories by choosing beautiful art and adding the words. Embed in a blog or wiki.
  • MixBook– Students can upload their pictures, choose from a variety of themes, backgrounds, text, and stickers. It’s a digital scrapbook that’s embeddable
  • Kerpoof– Create a story with a template. Students choose what kind of plot line then choose from a variety of characters. Also has options for creating a movie, drawing a picture, or making an ecard.
  • Bookr– Students choose from Flickr pics. They can upload their Flickr pics. They create the text, embeddable
  • UTellStory– Create a digital story with photos, video, voice, music and words,  embeddable
  • Storyjumper– Similar to Storybird. Students choose from art collections by artists, create the text, not embeddable like Storybird
  • Panraven– Students upload their pictures , create the text, embeddable
  • BoomWriter– Easiest way to get your students to create a collaborative book for the whole class, with another class, or in small groups. Students collaboratively create a book then vote on which chapters should be included in the finished product
  • Picture Book Maker– Create a beautiful children’s book by choosing characters and props and creating the text. The end product looks like a real book that children can order.
  • Simple Booklet– Create flip books with beautiful images and text. This is more ideal for teens to adults. No registration required.
  • The Art of Storytelling– Create books by choosing works of art. Record yourself telling the story
  • Dr. Seuss Story Creator– Choose music, text, backgrounds and feature some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
  • Where Did the River Go– Students read interactive story adventure then can change the story
  • Pinky Dinky Doo– For kids. Children pick what kind of story to create then they fill in gaps in a story that has characters and a plot line.
  • Storymaker by British Council– This is more of a story generator. Students get to choose the type of story then choose various elements of a story that has already been created.

Storybook Creation Apps

  • Storypanda–  Features books with tap, swipe, and drag. Choose backgrounds and characters, etc. Kids can place themselves into the story or create their own stories.
  • StoryKit– Create an electronic storybook by drawing on the screen, uploading images, recording sound effects and voice, laying out the elements of the story (text boxes, images, paint, and sound clips) freely by dragging them or pinching to resize, reordering pages, and uploading to the StoryKit web server. Email a link to the story. The application includes four public domain children’s books to rewrite and rearrange into a new story. Available on the iPad and iPod.
  • StoryBots– create books on the iPad starring the student! The app is free for the iPad. Includes animations and art. Various options to purchase the book.
  • Flying Books App-(free, i-devices)Multimedia books offered in English, French, Spanish and German. Kids listen to an expert narrator or read on their own. Record a story or create personalized books with artwork and photos.
  • Picture Book– Create a picture book with your photos and text or choose from a variety of stickers, templates, and pictures. For idevices
  • Bunsella Bedtimes Story– students narrate a children’s story, can upload personal photos that become part of the story, then email the video of the narrated story. Others can respond to these read stories. Available on i-devices.
  • Mooklet for iPhone– create photo stories with text.

More Resources

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Digital storytelling in Integrating the Web / Shelly Sanchez Terrell (shellyterrell)


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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. I like the idea behind storybots, but I’m disappointed with the finished product. I like how easy it is to create your own picture stories. What I don’t like is how slow the word clouds are even at the highest speed, the robots voices and the robot’s head that tells you to tap to continue. I think this app has promise, but needs some work.

    • Thank you for dropping by and sharing your reflections on using the tool. With free versions of tools there are always limits. I like that these resources are available and have various options for students to be creative but you’re right there is always room for improvement.

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