New Website Turns Kids Into Authors

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Children create and publish their own books on StoryJumper.com.

StoryJumper, Inc. has announced the official launch of storyjumper.com, a creative writing platform for kids. The web site features a free set of writing tools and tutorials, as well as a library of artwork that lets children illustrate their stories with just a few clicks. Kids can share their books with friends and family online, and order professionally printed hardback copies.

“While book personalization services have been around for some time, we wanted to go a lot further with StoryJumper,” said CEO, Peter Weck. “StoryJumper is the world’s first product to enable the complete customization of children’s books for simultaneous online and print publication.”

To help kids get started, the site uses a proprietary creative writing flow, known as the “StoryStarter” process. StoryStarter poses a series of thought provoking, whimsical questions that help a child develop a story line. Tests show that StoryStarter significantly reduces writer’s block and enables children to create complete stories with little or no additional help.

The company aims to make adoption of the site as easy as possible for parents and educators. “Our mission is for every child to feel the joy and excitement of publishing their very own book,” said Weck. “We also realize that in this economic climate budgets are extremely tight. So we’re excited to offer the online publishing tools for free to schools.”

Teachers are adopting the site with enthusiasm. “My kids used to groan when I mentioned the mundane task of writing. Then I introduced them to StoryJumper, and now I can't get them to do anything but write. StoryJumper has completely changed our lives in the classroom,” said Kathy Normandeau, a 4th grade teacher from New Jersey.

Sylvia Sanders, an elementary school teacher from Palo Alto, California adds, “We used StoryJumper for our writing time yesterday afternoon. The kids loved it, and were really quiet. When I asked them why, they said they were having so much fun that they didn't want to annoy me lest I end the computer time.”

The storyjumper.com website is now available for school and home use. The company is currently working on a version for Apple Computer’s up-coming iPad device.

About StoryJumper

StoryJumper is the world’s first online platform for creating and publishing children’s books. They are a privately held company with offices are located in Menlo Park, CA. To learn more about StoryJumper, please visit http://www.storyjumper.com.

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