5 Free Tools for Creating Online Picture Books. This morning on Twitter Kathleen Morris asked me for some suggestions for free tools students can use to create picture books. She was looking for alternatives to Storybird which has recently announced some changes to their pricing structure. Selecting and arranging pictures on a page can be a good way to help students generate ideas for writing stories. All five of the tools listed below have that capability. WriteReader is one of my favorite writing tools for elementary school students. WriteReader is a free service that students can use to create multimedia ebooks. Picture Book Maker allows students to create six page stories by dragging background scenes into a page, dragging in animals and props, and typing text. Book Creator is a popular tool for creating multimedia ebooks. Alphabet Organizer is a great little tool from Read Write Think that students can use to create alphabet charts and books. MyStorybook is a nice online tool for creating short storybooks.
Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online. We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children's literature. Occupying a space somewhere between the purely didactic and the nonsensical, most children’s books published in the past few hundred years have attempted to find a line between the two poles, seeking a balance between entertainment and instruction. However, that line seems to move closer to one pole or another depending on the prevailing cultural sentiments of the time.
And the very fact that children’s books were hardly published at all before the early 18th century tells us a lot about when and how modern ideas of childhood as a separate category of existence began. “By the end of the 18th century,” writes Newcastle University professor M.O. Grenby, “children’s literature was a flourishing, separate and secure part of the publishing industry in Britain.”
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