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Kid in Story Book Maker

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Kid in Story Book Maker is a story book creator application that allows you to create and Share Personalised Photo Storybooks. Particularly useful in the creation of Social Stories for young people on the autistic spectrum but also as a literacy resource to use for all young learners.

Teacher Review

Kid in Story Book Maker is a story creator app especially designed for the creation of social stories. Initially conceived by Carol Gray, Social stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. They can be used to develop self-care skills (eg how to clean teeth, wash hands or get dressed), social skills (eg sharing, asking for help, saying thank you, interrupting) and academic abilities or to help a person with autism to understand how others might behave or respond in a particular situation, and therefore how they might be expected to behave.

Kid in Story Book Maker includes template stories where you can add familiar images to existing stories. These existing stories include Faces iMakeLet’s Get a HaircutWhat Will I See in San Francisco?, Are Monsters Hiding in My Room?On the PlaygroundWhen Is It Time to Wash My Hands?, and A Day at the Movies. Additionally, you can create stories from scratch using your own photos from the device library and inputting your own text.

What I really like about the application is the personalisation in the form of adding your own voice recordings to accompany each page, particularly useful for non-readers. From this point of view, the app can also be a useful hook to engage reluctant readers by creating a recorded version first and adding text later. Children with speech and language difficulties can find the recording aspect difficult but I have found they are engaged nonetheless.  

The apps use of green screen tech and image recognition software is pretty clever when extracting a facial image and dropping the background from existing photos. A clear an easy to follow video tutorial comes with the app allowing you to get up and running pretty quickly.

I have used the app recently to create a morning and bedtime routine based social story for a child on the autistic spectrum. The child was really engaged as they were part of the creation process and therefore proud of what they had made. Probably the most exciting part was the ability to share their story with other family members through the free reader app also from the developer. The app also allows me to email the story to parents which include directions to download the free reader. Even though the app is only available on ios, I am still able to email a PDF version for users of other operating systems.

Although originally designed with creating social stories and autism, there are many ways in which the app can be used. From the creation of more complex narratives, to a collaborative project whereby children in a larger class groupings can create their own chapters and share through the free reader.

Overall this is a really fun and engaging application. If there is one suggestion I would make to the developer, it would be to have more templates available for the user to choose from. Although I do feel this is the direction they are taking the app.

Kid in story Book Maker enables teachers to create a resource that makes unfamiliar tasks or environments more predictable and less stressful for young learners. Well done!


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From the Developer

Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create visual stories to support learning, social modeling, and early literacy with your child as the star character.

Kid in Story Book Maker templates come to life when you place your child or student’s picture on every page. The 12 story templates cover a variety of practical and fanciful topics from promoting good hygiene by washing your hands, to a playful exploration of emotions and facial expressions, to a fantasy visit to San Francisco! You can also write your own custom story or modify any of the templates as you see fit.

***Children with Special Needs***
We specifically designed Kid in Story Book Maker to benefit children who use social stories and visual narratives to complement auditory directions, model task analysis and expected social behavior, reinforce routines and to engage struggling readers.

***Teachers, Therapists, and Parents Share Stories for Free***
Kid in Story Book Maker combined with the new FREE Kid in Story reader enables teachers, therapists and parents to share stories they create with students, friends and family.

***How Kid in Story Book Maker Works***
To personalize the stories, LocoMotive Labs’ unique Locolens™ image detection technology allows you to superimpose your child or student onto the template backgrounds - similar to “green screening.” Just snap a portrait (or use one already saved in your library), and let Locolens™ pluck your “kid” out of the picture and place him or her in the story. As the narrator, you can record your own voice or the child’s voice for each page. Once complete, children will enjoy reading their very own personalized visual story and sharing it with others via email or Dropbox.


- 12 ready-made story templates included

- Create custom stories with your own images, text, and narration

- One-of-a-kind technology makes it simple to superimpose your portraits over the visual narrative

- Share via email or Dropbox
- Access to our Community Library to download additional Kid in Story books

***12 Story Templates***

- Let’s Get a Haircut
- Faces I Make
- What Will I See in San Francisco?
- Are Monsters Hiding in My Room?
- At the Playground
- When Is It Time to Wash My Hands?
- A Day at the Movies
- Visiting California
- Cooking with Chef Katie - Smoothie Time!
- Christmas Around the World
- All About Hanukkah
- All About Thanksgiving

Kid in Story Book Maker is designed by LocoMotive Labs, an award-winning team of game designers and developers closely collaborating with parents, speech and language pathologists, and educators to design a visual story app inspired by children with autism and other special needs.

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