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It's important for students of all ages to be able to convey their point of view in a compelling and well-structured way. Students must learn to present their ideas and express themselves creatively. Of course, digital tools have expanded the range of ways students can now tell their stories. The storytelling apps on this list run the gamut: from traditional storybook creation tools to more recent visual storytelling and presentation tools influenced by social media and blogging — all of which empower kids to find their unique voices as storytellers, creators, orators, and individuals. See also: Apps for Writing.

Apps reviewed by Common Sense Education.

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Book Creator

Price: Free
Grade level: 3rd, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad

Create and publish digital books and multimedia with this easy-to-use tool.

Imagistory

Price: $3.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Skill: Storytelling
Device: iPad

Illustrated story prompts let kids record their voice as they narrate premade picture books.

Kid in Story Book Maker

Price: $6.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st
Skill: Social Skills, Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

A social story creation tool for teachers in special-needs settings.

My Story Book Creator

Price: $3.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

An introduction to digital storytelling and book-publishing that combines drawing, stickers, photos, voice, and text.

Pictello

Price: $18.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and above
Skill: Language and Communication, Print awareness, Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Interactive storytelling app that lets kids make social storybooks with their own titles, photos, videos, and captions.

Scribble Press

Price: $3.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad

Book-creation and -publication app that kids can use to write and illustrate stories, publish them online or in print, and view other kids' books.

Shadow Puppet Edu

Price: Free
Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Slideshow creation tool allows students to create video presentations using images from the built-in library, and adding their own narration and text. Can be used across content areas.

TeleStory

Price: Free
Grade level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Video creation tool that gives kids a background scene, face-detecting costumes, cue cards, and special effects to create their own themed TV shows. Videos can be shared or published on TeleStory's moderated video channel, ToonTube.

Tell About This

Price: $2.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st
Skill: Comprehension, Storytelling, Writing
Device: iPad

Photo and word prompts inspire storytelling, and the app records the results. This versatile tool can be used as a pre-writing or publishing activity.

Toontastic

Price: Free
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Other

Build stories featuring 3D characters, while learning about the basics of storytelling — setting, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution.

Write About This

Price: $3.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Storytelling, Writing
Device: Android, iPad

Images and prompts inspire kids of all ages to write, with increasing depth and complexity at higher levels. Students can create new prompts using their own images and ideas.

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