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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.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5

13 Ratings

13 Ratings


Frerard love

This is a really great app, I love writing stories!
The only problem is, if I want to go to a page later on in my story, the app crashes and closes. I have to scroll from the title page and it takes a while because my story is long. Possibly fix this please? :)



This is sooooo great, it's better me to write story's because I don't do it by computer I love this!

Fab & Free


My poorly 7 year old played on this to relieve the boredom. She drew lots of pictures, took photos of them herself and uploaded each one with her story. When she was finished I helped to add her sound which was a simple recording of her voice and she is saving it 'forever'. Its easy to enlarge your photos to fit the screen as you would do with a normal one using two fingers. I haven't been able to share though but its an old iphone with no sim card so I'm not sure about that bit. This is the first time I've left a review as I'm so impresed with this app.


Ben Bederson
6.8 MB
Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© University of Maryland


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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