Digital Storytelling Apps
Superhero Comic Book Maker and Princess Fairy Tale Maker by Duck Duck Moose Gallery (ages 5 and up). For kids who aren’t writing yet, these two apps enable them to choose colors and backgrounds featuring animated monsters, superheroes, princesses, ballerinas and so forth. When they are finished, they can record a story and play it back. Cost is $1.99.
We Make Stories.com by Puffin Books (ages 6 and up). This site is a comic creator and story design where kids can illustrate and write a story. They can then share it with friends, save it and/or print it out. Cost is $9.99
MakeBeliefsComix.com (ages 8 and up). This family-oriented app and website created by Bill Zimmerman provides writing prompts for kids, as well as templates for creating comic strips. I also like the family activity suggestions for parents. Free!
Strip Designer by Vivid Apps (ages 8 and up). With this app your child can take photos of his own artwork or upload photos and create his own comic strips using a comic book template. Not only can they create their own comic strips, this a fun way to build a how-to project or make a mash-up of vacation photos. Cost is $2.99.
Book Creator Book Creator says it is designed for ages 4 and up. You can try it for free before downloading the app. Kids and adults can make picture, art and photo books, as well as other types of ebooks using fixed layouts. The app also allows for audio and video elements. Upload your completed project into iBooks. You can also share the book with your family and friends. Cost is $4.99.