Bottom line: A splendid app that allows kids of all ages to make their own storybooks that they can share easily. I don’t have enough words to describe all of the possibilities.
Storybook Maker is developed by Merge Mobile and is available in the app store for $3.99 (iPad only). If you would like to purchase Storybook Maker, please use the cute little link button below to show SAFK a little love.
I’ll be honest with y’all right out of the gate here, my biggest stumbling block in reviewing this app is that I was limited to only giving it five stars. Seriously. I’d been (not so) patiently waiting for my first five star app to review, then Storybook Maker came along and just blew me out of the water. Then I introduced it to my kids and had to fight to get the iPad back. It’s that good.
Storybook Maker will open up a new world of possibilities for little literary wunderkinds. They can write their own typical story books. They can create custom albums for their most recent vacation. They can create unique scrapbooks from summer camp . . . and then share it with all their friends.
In our house, though, this is definitely not going to be limited to being a kid’s app. It’s powerful enough for any adult to create incredible family albums or to write custom bedtime storybooks.
One thing about the functionality of this app is that it just makes sense. When I wanted to add something or change something, there was no hunting for how to do it. Each function was exactly where I would have put it if I was smart enough to create an outstanding app like this one. I let my seven-year-old play with it unsupervised for a bit and then I started to sit down with him to show him how to add a page. Not necessary, because he was already on page three of his first book. How’s that for intuitive and user friendly?
You can choose your own backgrounds and borders for every page. Multiple fonts are available, too. You can use your own pictures and images or ones that are provided in the app’s object library. These are much like the stickers in this developer’s other apps like ClickySticky Superheroes, another fave in our house.
Besides still images, there is also a nifty little option in the objects library called “physics” objects. You can have a soccer ball bouncing around a page on your album where you tell about the big game, or you can drive a dune buggy around pictures of your family’s latest beach trip. So much fun! I’d love to see the developer expand the number of physics objects available in one of their future updates. I mean, how cute would it be if I could have a fairy fluttering around the page on one of the stories that my little princess writes?
You have the option of adding background music for each of your pages. Or you can record your own narration for your custom stories. How neat would it be to make custom stories for your kids and have a grandparent narrate them? You could transform it from a novelty into a keepsake.
Once your book is finished, you can share it in three different ways:
- Send it as a pdf. It will lose any sound and animation that you have, but it will become a printable or viewable book for pretty much anybody. I can already see that we will be writing lots of books for the grandparents this way.
- Save it as a complete multi-media book that can be shared with anybody who has the Storybook Maker app. All of your bells and whistles will still be available.
- Share it on the public library. This will make it available to Storybook Maker app users all over the world. All books are reviewed by the folks at Merge Mobile before publishing to eliminate those with inappropriate content and to adhere to privacy standards. The whole world could appreciate your child’s genius.
Normally, I would balk at the $3.99 price tag on an app. But this one is worth every penny. Who knows, it could be the first step in your child’s journey to become the next J.M. Barrie or Lewis Carroll.