Friday, October 12, 2012

Appy-Picking Month: Starring You Storybooks

Starring You Storybooks is a freemium app from Jib Jab, which has previously been known for some pretty cool personalized web animations and greeting cards.  Freemium means that it is free to download the app and access/create one storybook; other book creations in the app can be purchased (. I have previously said that sometimes a free app is not worth it, but I think in the case of Starring You Storybooks, there will be value in having just the free portion of this app, which currently allows you to make one storybook: "Dancin' Feet." The fun piece of Jib Jab is that you can quickly and easily place a face into a target, and then that face is incorporated throughout the animations of the story, which are really impressive:

If you find yourself loving "Dancin' Feet" and are tempted by the in-app purchases (which I realize you might not be able to access in schools, for about $12 (2 months of the $2.99 book-a-month plan plus 2 additional $1.99 purchases), you could have 4 additional books and a lot of therapy time to target...

Language Lens:
-Just within "Dancin' Feet" and a few other stories, the books could be used to target rhyming, categories (the Dancin' story is essentially a list of many different types of dances) and simple story structure.

Common Core Connection: 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3 Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Thank you to the participant at my presentation at Macomb Intermediate School District who pointed out this app to me!


  1. Sean, I have been part of your email group for quite some time. There is one thing I find frustrating. When you post an app would you be willing to tell us if it is Android or Apple? I would be grateful!

    Thank you

    1. Hi Joy, Thanks for reading! The focus of this blog really is the world of iOS apps (published through Apple for iPod, iPhone, iPad). I really am not an Android guy, for a number of reasons but chiefly because there is just not anywhere near the level of development on that side that is applicable to education. Sometimes I write about apps that are available across platforms but I will leave that up to the reader to see if an individual app is also available on Android- it simply takes a look in Google Play or googling "android [name of app]." Thanks....