Storybird opens up another door to publishing student written work in the form of picture books. The site, which technically is still in beta, is constructed around the idea of using illustrations and artwork for storytelling. The site has many, many collections of beautiful and interesting pictures available for use.
Users of Storybird create their own picture books by either choosing a particular artist or by choosing a theme collected via information tags. The Storybird Creator then opens up, allowing the writer to pick and choose which images to use. It is easy to move pages around in Storybird — just drag and drop pages to rearrange them. Once the writer/creator has completed a book, it’s time to publish it. The Storybird crew moderates published books closely, meaning kids are unlikely to come across inappropriate content. And the site is just as useful as a place for readers as it is for writers.
For the Classroom
For reluctant writers, Storybird is a nice way to provide inspiration. Young learners could easily use the artwork on the site for brainstorming. Once a book has been approved by the site’s moderators, Storybird generates embed code that allows you to post the stories on your own classroom sites.
A collection of Storybird picture books that I created as part of a Picture Book Challenge
Using Picture Books in the Classroom by Carol Hurst