I've been following the progress of Storybird for a while now, and was so excited to hear today they'd launched their version 0.1. I suspected it would be another wonderful web space where kids could write for an authentic audience. But I didn't know I'd have so much fun creating stories there!
It really is super simple, and speedy. It took me one minute to register, two minutes to explore and then I was using their slick storymaker. The artwork available is just fabulous, so I decided to choose an artist I liked, and fling some captions together to create a test book, Peabody and Bear. Choosing one artist is difficult, as there are several artists, all with a range of illustrations. I chose a couple of pics that wouldn't load, but it wasn't so much of a problem, as there were plenty more, and I expect small glitches when they're in beta.
I'm fairly sure the site will later be a paying one, and of course, especially if you want to purchase a printed version. Right now though, it's free to join like I just did. Sharing stories is so important for children's literacy development, and this site encourages them to make and share their own stories. I hope you'll join me there!
The video below explains best how Storybird works.