12 Web Tools and Apps for Children to Create Digital Storybooks

“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

Children have an amazing imagination! A powerful way to motivate children to read and write is by getting them to animate their stories in a digital storybook. Web tools digitally preserve stories and make it easy for learners to share with peers and family members. Below I’ve listed free web tools and apps for creating digital storybooks.

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Digital Storybook Creators

  • Little Bird Tales– Include images, audio narrative, and drawings to animate written stories.
  • Storybird– Create digital books with a selection of characters and backgrounds created by professional artists.
  • Toon Doo– Create books online with a selection of cartoon characters and backgrounds.
  • My Storybook– Simple way to visualize a story with drawings, images, characters, and more.
  • Storyjumper– Choose characters and backgrounds to visualize a written story. Not able to embed.
  • BoomWriter– Create collaborative class storybooks. Features include peer editing and a voting process.
  • Book Creator– iOS and Android app to create digital books and include images, audio, video, and more.
  • Buncee– Web tool and iOS app to create digital storybooks with animations, stickers, images, and clipart.
  • UTellStory– Create a digital story with photos, video, voice, music and words.
  • StoryKit (iOS)– Children can draw, upload images, record their voice, and lay out the elements of the story (text boxes, images, paint, and sound clips). The application includes four public domain children’s books to rewrite and rearrange into a new story.
  • StoryBots– create books on the iPad starring the child!
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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

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