What we love…

Easy to use and includes many pre-made templates.Many uses in education and at home, especially social stories.

What we’d love to see…

More refinement of the photo detection software.

Summary

A great app for creating social stories, lots of fun and with some imagination the possibilities are endless! Image detection still  needs a few tweaks.

Our Rating

Joint review by Suzanne and Mary

Kid in Story Book Maker:... iconLocoMotive Labs designs assistance and play-based learning apps to empower kids to be independent learners. they have a special interest in producing apps for children with special needs.  LocoMotive Labs is located in Berkeley, California and was founded in 2012, its design team includes many of the team who produced the Injini child development suite. Kid in Story was designed to help parents and therapists easily produce their own stories for children. As children with Autism often respond well to social stories that include them, they wanted to include a way to easily add the child into the story.

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It has a tutorial book and one book included, plus templates to help you easily create your own stories. There are currently 8 templates available with more to come. They have recently added a “community library” allowing people to email them completed stories which can then be shared via the app allowing anyone with the app to download it. When you enter the app you see a bookshelf containing all the available stories, begin making a new story or editing your work slide the edit button at he top pf the page .  You can use a template or create a story from scratch. There is a help video for each step of the process. A kid image can be added with a plain background or from your images.  The program will isolate the child and superimpose the child on the page. Narration can be added for each page.  Share, backup, duplicate or delete stories easily. Audio play can also be turned on.

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The current templates are: Faces I Make- which is all about emotions and what they look like. What Will I See in San Francisco? Are Monsters Hiding in My Room? On the Playground When Is It Time to Wash My Hands? Let’s Get  a Haircut (boy and girl versions) A Day at the Movies Many kids need to be prepared for new situations and this app allows this to happen with the child’s photo and they can play it as many times as they want.   Suzanne: I attempted to take photos from my iPad and the select kid did not work well for me. I’m not sure if my photos were too busy but I found that the edges were not sharp or that it would not select the kid and the select kid or background tools were not always accurate. Mary: Although the ideal in this app is to use pictures taken against a white background, my reality is I am often creating the stories after the kids are in bed so using whatever I have in my camera roll is more practical for me. I found that using it this way the initial picture detection didn’t work very well, but I found the editing tools to be quick and easy to use. If I quickly drew around the child’s outline with my finger or stylus the image detection software would be much more accurate at highlighting the child, and then i just needed to do a little editing. I liked being able to resize the picture once I had added it to the book as I could make it fit in much better then. I appreciate having a good selection of templates available as it gives me an easy way to start making my own stories.

 

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I found it fun to not only add my children to the stories but also their favorite things – my son is crazy about penguins so in the San Francisco book I’ve added a penguin crossing the street in Chinatown, which made him smile. I’m also having fun thinking of my own stories to create. My 5 year-old son is very bright but very resistant to learning to read, so his teacher and I were discussing making his own beginning reader books using things he loves. His current obsession is Lego Star Wars so my next project is taking screenshots from the Lego Star Wars app to make him beginning reading books. With this app there are just so many possibilities, I love it !   Overall, this is a wonderful concept with many uses! By taking pics of the actual backgrounds kids will experience, or finding the pics online social stories can be created to assist kids to prepare for new experiences. The photo editing feature still needs some tweaking.  A new feature recently added is the ability to share stories with those who don’t own the app – to read the stories that have been shared you can use the Kid in Story app or the new free Kid in Story Reader app. The community sharing is also a nice idea – if lots of people start t share stories they have created this could be a very valuable resource too. Highly recommended for any parent, therapist or teacher who would like to create their own social stories.

UPDATE: June 2013: Kid in story just added a new feature allowing you to share your stories via PDF

Kid in Story Book Maker – Locomotive Labs


Kid in Story Book Maker: Create and Share Personalized Photo Storybooks Kid in Story Book Maker: Create and Share Personalized Photo Storybooks by Enuma, Inc.

Price: $6.99 USD

Create and share customized picture storybooks with photos of your child or others as the main character! Created by award-winning app designers, Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create.



Kid in Story Book Maker: Create and Share Personalized Photo Storybooks Kid in Story Book Maker: Create and Share Personalized Photo Storybooks by Enuma, Inc.

Price: $6.99 USD

Create and share customized picture storybooks with photos of your child or others as the main character! Created by award-winning app designers, Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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