“Storypanda is an iPad story platform that brings families together by enabling them to read, create and share kids stories. One App, Unlimited stories.”
With this interactive children's book app, students, parents and teachers will be able to create personalized stories based on the original books. Storypanda is an app that has a great collection of books that both kids and adults will love. New books are added regularly, and the people over at Storypanda are looking to incorporate lesson plans to go along with these books. Reading will become (more) fun, and kids will increase creativity in changing the stories.
While the app itself is free, most books cost $2.99. You can purchase them within your bookshelf. Each book can also be made available as a separate purchase through the App store, and they will be brought back into the bookshelf of the original app (if you have it).
Creating your own version
Once you read a book, you can customize your own version, completely personalized to suit your child's interests. You can select different characters, backgrounds and props.
Once stories are made, you can share them with your friends through Facebook, email or Twitter. This can be a great way to share your creativity with extended family. As well, sharing is also made available within the bookshelf, so you can share with your friends who also have the app installed.
Here is the bookshelf, resembling a child-friendly version of iBooks:
Here is an official promo video from the developers of Storypanda:
Here is a trailer for My Extraordinary Friend:
For both parents and teachers, Storypanda is an excellent app that will allow for children to express their creativity. All will enjoy the intricate interactive features that are available in these books. As a teacher, you can work in groups or as an entire class to create different versions of the same story. Project their creations for others to see. Share final creations with both parents and other students. Everyone will gain a sense of accomplishment once personal versions are completed. I highly recommend Storypanda for both parents and teachers of kids aged 2-10!