So I talk about books a lot, since well, I am a librarian and all. And I have mentioned some apps and websites to visit if you are interested in writing a book of your own. Well here are few more, and these are super easy that not only are they great for classroom use, but those budding writers in your class or home might get a kick out of these too. These apps are perfect for both entertainment and education (well at least the eBook ones are, the comic ones are purely entertainment). Teachers will be able to create original eBooks to use in their classroom. Teachers will have the ability to add images, text, links, recordings and more to the eBook. Then simply share with students or colleagues to allow greater access to information. These apps allow you to create and upload your eBook to iBooks and ePub readers. You can access many of them through an app or online. The prices vary but these are all well worth the look.
Students and kids will have fun with these apps as well (especially the comic ones). They can take stories they have written and create a collection, or create a photo book highlighting a recent summer event or family function that you can share with just those who you would like. No need to put in bookstores for the world to access, unless of course you want to. These apps are a great way to keep kids creative and writing all summer long. Heck all year long for that matter.
The comic apps are fun since you don’t need to be an artist to use. By using pictures you already have you can add cartoon images and drawings to create funny one of a kind strips. So check them out.
Book Writer for iOS
IDEAL e-Pub Creator for Android and iOS
Creative Book Builder for Android and iOS
Comic Puppets for Android and iOS
Photo Comics Pro for Android
I have stated before that I am a fan of the graphic novel. I do. I love them. They are so much fun. I discovered many amazing artists and writers when I worked in publishing but it was when I got to visit the Comic Con in San Diego a few years back that really made me a fan. They just have that element that novels don’t. Now I know people are probably saying, “That element is that they have pictures. Duh!” I know they have pictures, but it was those pictures represent to the narrative of the story that really helps drive my love of the medium. Don’t get me wrong I love standard novels as well. In fact I am usually at any given time reading three or more at a time. But how the standard novel relies on describing every detail in order for you to develop the image in your mind, the graphic novel is able to use in beautiful fashion drawings to help convey what they want to story to tell. And in many times, words just don’t do it justice. A picture can say so much more.
And let me tell you, I can’t keep graphic novels on my shelves. My students crowd around the shelves and fight over who gets to read what, and why one series is better than the other. As soon as one comes in, it is immediately finding its way into another student’s hands. I am thinking I have to order multiple copies of each graphic novel. Even the nonfiction ones. I highly recommend anyone to take a look graphic novels, they are an interesting way to experience a story. To help here are some of my favorites:
1) Blankets by Craig Thompson
2) Maus by Art Speigelman
3) Smile by Rania Telgemeir
4) Americus by MK Reed
5) Feynman by Jim Ottaviani
6) Bone series by Jeff Smith
7) Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
8) Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
9) The Storm in the Barn
10) Y: The Last Man series by Brian Vaughan
11) American Splendor series by Harvey Pekar
12) The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti by Rick Geary
14) Laika by Nick Abadzis
15) The Imposters Daughter by Laurie Sandell
16) Are you my Mother? and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel