Although we have come a long way from the wallpaper covered books that I used to make in elementary (my teacher's husband worked for a store that sold wallpaper), picture books that elementary students write and publish themselves are still as meaningful and memorable as ever. Mrs. Kloberdanz & her fourth grade students just finished their first published books using the website Storybird!
Storybird is a free website that allows students to choose artwork that sparks their writing and creativity. Students can search for images in a particular topic of their choice or based on an artist that they like. From there, they may choose to write a poem, picture book, or longer text.
Mrs. K's students chose various topics to write about, explored the pictures, and took several days to get their thoughts written into the creative stories they became. From there, students worked with an adult to revise & edit their stories. Lastly, we published them and Mrs. K had a copy printed for each child to take home with them. The parents were wowed and the students were ale to share their stories with their classmates and answer questions about the process. There is a small fee to download the books, or you can have them printed and bound.
If you are interested in learning more about Storybird, please feel free to look through the Google Slides I put together for Mrs. K's class or ask either myself or Mrs. K! Below are the cover pages for each book and one of their awesome pages of writing!