Experiencing success and enjoyment with writing is something we all want for our growing learners. The computer or tablet can be a great tool to get children writing. Here are some websites where kids can make digital books. I always advise adult supervision when children use the Internet, but apart from safety concerns, our kids can learn a lot from carrying out these activities!
1. Storyjumper is a great website where kids can read stories written by other kids, as well as create and publish their own books. (For an open-ended, tactile experience, try this 3 Bitty Books set, which comes with three blank books that can be filled with your child's thoughts and creations. He can write poems, draw comics, create a scrapbook — whatever his heart desires!)
2. Little Bird Tales is a site that encourages children to create stories and artwork of their own. You can upload your child's existing drawings, or kids can use the art pad to create something new. It's free to try, and not too pricey for a premium account.
(And for a creative outlet that doubles as a family keepsake, try Klutz Build-a-Book: That's All About My Family By Me, which puts your family's biography in your child's hands. With how-to instructions and a number of craft supplies provided, this kit is all your child needs to make an heirloom you'll cherish for years!)
4. ToonDoo is a great website where young people can create their own cartoons and comics by manipulating artwork, speech bubbles, text, and templates. It has a book-making feature where you can compile your created comics into a book. For more information, read about Making a Book at ToonDoo on my blog. And for an offline guide to creating your own comic book or graphic novel, How to Make Awesome Comics by cartoonist Neill Cameron is filled with everything your child needs to know — from the basics of creating a comic to more advanced lessons on crafting the perfect villain and making text and artwork together.
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