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Create an electronic storybook. Make use of the little gaps in life - on the sofa after dinner, in the back seat of the car, or on a train - to do something creative together.

To create your story:

* Write some text.

* Illustrate by drawing on the screen, taking a photograph of something you see, or drawing on paper and then photographing the paper, or attaching photos from your album.

* Sounds can be recorded for telling your story or as sound effects.

* Layout the elements of your story (text boxes, images, and sound clips) freely by dragging them or pinching to resize.

* Add, reorder, or delete pages from your book.

Your story is always saved in your iPhone. Carry it with you and work on it any time. Upload your story to the StoryKit web server and email a link to the story from within the app. No account is necessary. Stories are private.

The application includes four public domain children's books that you can rewrite and rearrange into your own new story. These are scans of the original bound books that have been specially processed for use on the iPhone. Take "The Three Bears" and make them four. Rewrite "The Three Little Pigs" with the wolf as the victim. Or, start with a blank book and write whatever story is on your minds.

Send us feedback at storykit@childrenslibrary.org.


In order to improve StoryKit, the application sends us anonymous usage data. The usage data contains no personal information or content from your stories. However, if you upload stories to our website, we may look at those to see how StoryKit is being used and understand what kinds of features would be useful to add in the future. We will not share your stories with anyone outside our research group without your express permission.

StoryKit was designed by researchers at the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab as a basis for studying how mobile devices can be a conduit for children to work with their family members doing creative and educational activities. The idea is that by creating stories on iPhone - as opposed to paper and pens - you can find time to work on these activities anytime and anywhere. When you're done, you can carry it with you in your pocket, show it to friends and family you meet in your daily life, or send it electronically to people who live further away.

Supported by the National Science Foundation

What’s New

Version 1.1

Bug fixes - primarily stopping occasional crashing bug that would prevent people from opening app and load their own stories.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Sparklefairy02 ,

Excellent app

This is an excellent app. It's perfect for creating and reading books that you made. When you start out, it gives you the choice to read 4 different classic books to give you am idea on how the app works and what you can do on it, you can choose to read, edit or share, so if you don't like one part in the book, you can edit it! Want to create your own book? Well, this app is the perfect start. First you pick a title, then you can make your own design your own photo for the page and then you write! This app is so easy to understand and get the hang of. I love this app and it is a great way to spend your time making books. It's so exciting to make your own books. The only thing that I would change is that the app could use a little bit of an upgrade and it is a little slow. That does not change my opinion on the app though, I still highly recommend this app.

danielbird18 ,

Hear me out, please read this...

Whoever makes this Story Kit app, please hear me out. I've used this app for about 3 years and I absolutely love it. But I got a new iPad that's much bigger and it has higher qualities so that my stories could become new and improved. But there's just a huge problem that's preventing me from easily flowing through creating my stories enjoyably. Whenever I would choose the option of using my photos, the photos don't appear. I found this very disappointing and I thought, 'Is there any way I can create my story without having to stare at my options that aren't there?' I know that sounds ironic, but I ask you nicely: If you want a five-star rating, please fix this issue, and try to find a way to make someone's photos show up. I'm trying to describe it the best I can, but I'm just afraid I'll be ignored. Overall, has been the best app to use to create your own story. Once again, I ask you nicely, please acknowledge this crucial feedback and fix that error. Please take this message as an encouragement rather than a discouragement. I know you can solve this problem and provide a much smoother story-making experience. Thank you.

Kellifersue ,

Feedback from 6th graders

My 6th-grade students recently used StoryKit for a class project and have some feedback for you! They liked how easy it is to use and how it helps you organize thoughts or ideas into a book. They love that you can draw as one of your illustration options, as well as the opportunity to add photos or other images. They like the versatility. They wish there was a clear eraser option in the drawing option, that you could add video, and that it was easier to resize text. They wish you could change the font and the text color as well. Overall, they really enjoyed using it and recommended it to friends!


Ben Bederson
6.8 MB

Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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