Sunday, February 12, 2012

Storybird: Publish with Purpose, digitally!

I've posted about Storybird before, and I'm excited to publish another piece about this amazing platform for students to use as they share their work in a safe and creative place online.  A colleague and I are presenting on digital publishing platforms at this year's annual Michigan Reading Conference.  After Skyping with site developer, Mark, I am excited to share the rich yet simple history of Storybird with our audience.  Quite frankly, Mark wanted a user-friendly, safe, and effective platform for everyone to share their stories online.  This is my favorite site to share digital work.

What is Storybird?

Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.  Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They’re curiously fun. 

Storybird Quick Tour from Storybird on Vimeo.

Can I view a Storybird? 

Can't Say Can't by jlb459 on Storybird

Is a Storybird just digital?

You can certainly share your work online.  With Storybird, keep your work secure and private on the Storybird website.  Or, you can share it publicly on the Storybird site.  You can also embed the Storybird onto a class site or blog, and you can share the link on Facebook or Twitter.  Simply put - you can make your work as public or private as you'd like.

Teachers - you can set up student accounts, too.  Additionally, after a student has finished creating their work, they can integrate their reading strategies by adding an 'about the author' page, story summary, tags (key words for their story - main idea), and more!

Students can even use the Storybird website as a safe place to comment on each other's work.

I really like that I can purchase my daughter's Storybird creations.  As a parent, I can get the link from her teacher and choose to purchase a hardcopy of her book.  The best part, if you choose to purchase a hardcopy, your child's classroom gets $5 for the purchase.  The hardcover books are so beautiful and special.

Would you like to join Storybird or try it out?

If you would like a personal invitation to join Storybird, please leave your email in a comment below, and I'll send you an invite right away.  You'll love this great site and so will your students.


  1. I would love an invite!!!


  2. Hi Erin,
    I have been following your blog for a while and am so excited to share with you my newly finished blog! Come check it out:


  3. Hi Erin,

    I would love to have an invite to StoryBoard.

  4. I have tried Storybird with my students before, but with mixed success. I had them pick their pictures first, but often the story was just a bunch of pictures without a real plan. Then I tried having them plan the story first, but when they could not find a picture to match their characters or story it was upsetting.

    How do you handle using this great resource while getting a thought out piece with logical events?

  5. Thanks Jennifer and Kristen!

    I've sent invites out to those who left an email.

    To Cryerskids... I first explain how the platform of Storybird works. We do a shared writing to model as a class. Then, they know the creativity that they have to be flexible with in regards to matching illustrations to their work. It works best for genres other than personal narrative due to the personal ownership of that genre. Have you tried it with realistic fiction?



  6. I would love an invite.

  7. Christine,

    What is your email?



  8. Thank you for this information. I would love an invite.


  9. WOW, Storybird sounds awesome. I would love an invite for my class. Thank you so much!

  10. I would love to try storyboard.
    kathy at thanks.