Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.-Benjamin Franklin

 Writer…this is not an adjective I would use to describe myself, but is something I sure am doing a lot of these days. Aside from this blog, my doctoral classes provide an endless source of writing “opportunities”. Writing and reading go hand in hand in literacy development; and as we are encouraging our students to read and to write, modeling is an appropriate strategy to use. We model reading daily for our students, but how can we model writing in such a way that our students have continued access to these writing samples?

I’ve written here about using iBooks Author to create leveled texts for my students. You can also see my story here.  I still use iBooks Author to create books for my students and I also use Book Creator to create books as well. We are studying the rainforest currently and I’ve made a few books pertaining to the rainforest for my student’s iPads. Here are a couple of sample pages:









This book on sloths is one of their favorites. I used the drawing tool to create an arrow pointing to the 3 toes.








The book on leaf cutter ants has vocabulary words underlined and the book on jaguars has my voice over if students need it. These books took 5 minutes to create. You can get many images from Creative Commons free. When I finish these books, I upload them to Showbie which allows my students to download them on their iPads. Another colleague on my team has created some rainforest books also. This way, we can share with each other and double our resources.

By creating your own books, you are able to control your own text complexity and content. I have also created some fiction books based on student interests such as dirt bikes, super heroes, baby animals, and princesses. These books are pretty simple but the kids love them. The side benefit is the children are able to see you as a writer and have your books to use as a guide as they are writing.

Teacher created texts provide you the flexibility to control text, vocabulary and content as well as provide your students anytime books, personalized content, and a model for writing. It is a small investment of your time that pays big dividends!

Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!



8 thoughts on “Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

  1. Hi Kristi,

    Just wondering if there is a way of purchasing or sharing iBooks that are created by teachers. Might be nice for us to all be able to share the simple texts we are writing for the students, I teach Grade One and am looking at making some topic related books this summer for next year. I would be happy to share them too.


    • Tara,
      The iBooks store will upload books for free and that is a good way to share. The hardest part is making sure all of your images are either yours, or creative commons. Many of my pictures are creative commons in my books, but some aren’t. While this is fine for use in my classroom, it means I can’t distribute them publicly.

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  3. How do you put videos in your books?
    I love your blog! You are an inspiration and I can’t wait to try some of the things you do in my classroom!
    Thank you so much!
    Jessica Gabai

    • Thanks so much Jessica…in Book Creator you can use the video camera on the iPad and it inserts the video directly into the book. Also, if you have a video saved in your camera roll, you can add it directly.

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