My children, for good or bad, are the beneficiaries of this talent and have, since birth, been prey to my creative tales.
Over the years, the tales have generally revolved around whatever “thing” they were into…Spiderman Saves Lakeville…Thomas the Tank Meets the Ghostbusters (my kids are uber retro)…The Duke Boys Help CSI New York”¦
Fortunately, the boys seem to enjoy some original tales. The first set of tales, The Adventures of Charlie, was started as a way to get my younger son to stop screaming at the top of his lungs while waiting for food to be delivered at our favorite restaurant, SoNo. Charlie seems to lose a body part every time he does something stupid in public. Sadly, there isn’t much left of Charlie.
The second and newest series, The Adventures of Digger, are about truth, justice, and treasure and started as a way to teach my kids about manners.
StoryJumper is a way to preserve these ludicrous stories by letting you actually publish a children’s book. StoryJumper is an easy-to-use program that allows you to create a children’s book with simple images, text, and photos in minutes. Not creative? No worries! They even offer a step by step guide.
How to Publish a Children’s Book with StoryJumper
The first step to publishing your very own tales is to register on the StoryJumper site. This is uber easy and quick, and once you verify your email, you are all set to start a book!
If you need inspiration, simply click on the green “explore” bubble on the menu, and check out some of the other books created. You can even personalize some of them if the author allows it.
Once you have an idea ready and waiting in your noggin, start thinking about a catchy title, the setting, the action, and the characters. If you are stuck with writer’s block, fear not! StoryJumper offers a step by step helper to get you writing.
For each page, you pick a scene (background), add “props” (images) and write text. You can also load in your own photos.
The StoryJumper repository of images and props are easy to use. You can search by category or type in a key word.
A page is complete when it has everything on it that helps you tell the story. On the image below, I am writing exactly what my son is saying. He picked the image of Digger and chose this background scene.
Once your book is complete, the sharing process is really easy. The site makes money if you buy a gorgeous printed version, but you can also print your very own free paper copy.
You can also send a link, embed the book in a blog, or place the book out for the public to view and order. If you want, you can allow others to tweak the story.
The awesome thing about StoryJumper is that you can create other things, too! You can print out a quick treasure map or use a pre-written story.
There are lots of other great programs that allow you to make your own books, but what makes StoryJumper unique is that it is really geared for children to use and allows free sharing and printing.
Have you ever written a children’s book? Would you use this tool to make a quick holiday present?
Image credit: Betsy Streeter