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Interactive and Talking Books to Develop Digital Literacy

There are many apps and tools available for students to use in the creation of digital books that feature multimedia or are interactive in other ways. Here are just some.

inklewriter

Independent developer of narrative games and interactive stories. With a few clicks and a bit of imagination, anyone can start to tell a branching story - and with a bit more thought, they can harness the power of conditional logic to make their stories more intricate and rewarding. This will also introduce elements of coding; it's all coming together!!

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

Perfect for older students who you want to stretch in different ways!

You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready.

Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.

Storybird - Read, write, discover, and share the books you'll always remember.

Discover an endless library of free books, picture books, & poetry or use simple tools to create books in minutes. Storybird is a creative community where readers & writers celebrate storytelling. Simple tools help you build books in minutes. Let the art inspire and surprise you as you write. Readers will encourage you along the way. A truly beautiful interactive book experience!

Story Creator - Easy Story Book Maker for Kids

"This is the future of sharing stories! Fun, Simple, and Easy!"

With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. Story Creator truly brings your best stories to life and easily allows you to retell and share your most memorable moments.

Story Creator offers a magical way to enjoy your personal pictures, videos, and experiences with family and friends.

Even kids will love this app because it is so easy to use.

WHY PARENTS AND TEACHERS LOVE IT

• Creating stories is fun, simple, and easy… even a child can do it
• Supports gorgeous photos and videos
• Add Photos from device, Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, or Facebook
• Can add text and audio recordings with every page
• Supports text highlights - which makes is it easy for kids to learn how to read
• It's super easy to share stories with others and copy stories across devices
• Share stories via email with one click

With Story Creator, you can create, save, and share your favorite moments.

WHY KIDS LOVE IT

• Kids love looking at pictures of familiar faces and places
• Kids love hearing stories in mommy's or daddy's voice
• Kids love hearing stories of their own adventures
• Kids love hearing their own voice too
• Kids love drawing on pages and personalizing their stories
• Older kids will love how easy it is to create their own stories

WHY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL LOVE IT TOO

• Sharing stories is 100x more personal than posting a picture on Instagram or Facebook
• Everyone loves to hear from their friends and family
• Sharing stories via email

FEATURES:

• 100% FREE
• Add as many stories as you like
• Sharing stories with friends and family is as easy as email
• Backup stories online so kids can't accidentally delete your hard work
• Download stories on multiple devices - create once, experience anywhere
• Can add photos, videos, audio, and text
• Can add photos from device, Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, or Facebook
• Supports drawing tool to make stories truly your own
• Create a personal book cover for every story
• Add your own voice - bring stories to live by adding your own narrative
• Add audio highlights - highlights makes it really easy for kids to learn how to read
• Leave comments on stories shared by friends

Little Story Maker

The only story book maker of its kind.
Little Story Maker offers a magical way to enjoy your personal pictures and stories with your child.

The little ones will love to hear stories with pictures of people and places they are familiar with.
Older kids, will love the stories and the ability to easily create stories all on their own.

WHY PARENTS AND TEACHERS LOVE IT

  • Creating your own story with Little Story Maker is as simple as a click
  • Click to add a new story
  • Give the story a name
  • Add photo, text and record
  • Voila, your first story is ready to be shared

In Little Story Maker, you can create an unlimited number of personal stories. The only limit is your
creativity.

WHY KIDS LOVE IT

  • Kids love looking at pictures of familiar faces and places
  • Kids love hearing stories in mommy's or daddy's voice
  • Kids love hearing stories of their own adventures
  • Kids love hearing their own voice too
  • Older kids will love how easy it is to create their own stories

Features:
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✔ Add as many stories as you can like
✔ Select one of two gorgeous story book templates
✔ Add your own voice - now your toddler can listen to the entire story in mommy's or daddy's voice
✔ Add word highlights - Customize word highlights and make your stories interactive. Once added words are highlighted in red and respond to touch
✔ Add picture highlights - Click on any picture within the edit mode to add picture highlights and make your stories interactive. Great for adding names or describing objects
✔ Supports three playback modes - read to me, read by myself, and auto-play which automatically turns from page to page
✔ Add your own photos in a click
✔ Multi-sensory learning tool - combining seeing, hearing, and tactile feedback
✔ Multi-language support - since you can edit all existing items and sounds so you can record everything in your native tongue

Creative Book Builder

Creative Book Builder is a powerful, flexible, and professional ebook generation tool. No matter you create book from scratch or existing content, no matter your content is simple or complex, CBB enables you to build your own content in an efficient way.

Comprehensive EPUB Generation

  • Create different kinds of layout for EPUB: Classic (re-flowable), Fixed Layout (WYSIWYG), Landscape, Portrait, and Square books.
  • All generated books should pass EPUB validation with EpubCheck and should be read in any EPUB readers.
  • Edit cover image and configure book information including book title, author, publisher, etc.
  • Change book style including font, indentation, direction (left-to-right, right-to-left or vertical text).
  • Add soundtrack, your own font, custom stylesheet to the book.

Powerful & Flexible Widgets

  • Besides title, paragraph, photos, videos, audio recording, markdown, and other basic elements, CBB offers a lot of powerful widgets: Read Aloud, Quiz, Slideshow, Table, Chart, Question, Equation (LaTeX), Drawing, Shapes, Checklist, Screen Recording, Panorama, 360 Degree Image, QR Code, Online Image, Online Video, YouTube Video, Vimeo Video.
  • Popup footnotes and glossary can be defined and linked from content.
  • All widgets can be customizable.

Multiple Output Format

  • Besides EPUB, CBB offers other types of output to maximize your content usage: HTML5, PDF, Podcast, Audio, Photo & Video.
  • HTML5 books can be read in any browser on any platform without EPUB limitation, e.g. embed html code and iframe. HTML5 books can be hosted on Google Drive and exported as zip file for offline reading.
  • If the book contains video or audio on each page, it can be converted into Podcast that is hosted on Google Drive so that your readers can enjoy your audio/video in the books via Podcast link.

Reuse Your Existing Content

  • Import your great content from Evernote, Blogger, WordPress or RSS/Atom feed directly.
  • Convert your web apps generated by TouchAppCreator into books.
  • Specifically, Google Documents, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings can be imported into CBB as easy as possible.
  • Import any files from iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box & FTP Server.

Editing Tools

  • Edit image directly (filters, add text, etc).
  • Cut, copy, and paste elements from page to page.
  • Lock element to avoid movement.
  • Find and replace string for elements.
  • Mark pages as draft version.
  • All paragraph, title, markdown & HTML elements are saved automatically.
  • Backup book to Dropbox automatically after generating book.

Sharing Tools

  • Share page or whole book via iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, FTP Server & WebDAV Server.
  • Share book between devices via browser by using QR code.
  • Transfer book to desktop via iTunes File Sharing (USB without WiFi).
  • Batch upload your books to cloud services.