Draw Write ReadSpring 2012 Mobile Apps
Login to Draw Write Read, a Nook app by Tikatok, and you'll find the tools for doing just that. The home screen features The Book of the Week, all of which have been made by other kids. On the right side of the home page, there are Draw, Write, Read, and Bookshelf options. The Draw section is a lot of fun, and it offers a lot of possibilities. Use a pencil, marker, or paintbrush to start. Then, layer on star, rain, leaf, heart, snowflake or bubble stamps. Kids can also change the background paper color. It's easy to save new drawings and open up old ones too. In fact, the menus and navigation within the app are all pretty intuitive. If a young artist chooses to exit their drawing without saving, they'll be prompted to do so.
Enter the Write section and you'll be presented with the option to Test Drive or Start the app. You can't save your work without registering, and to do that you'll need internet access. Kids under 13 will have to give a parent's email address before they register. After registering, parents can add kids to their account.
Once a child begins to write a book, he'll be asked to choose cover art from a library of images. There are animals, aliens, people, sports equipment, and more. Kids can also choose to start with a blank page and add their own cover. The next screen suggests titles based on the chosen cover art. The titles hint at plot ideas, a helpful inclusion for early story writers.
Now for the writing. The cover and dedication page have templates, but other than that, the pages are blank. Artwork can be imported from clipart, a user's saved photos on the Tikatok site, or their Nook's photo gallery. Kids won't be able to draw directly on the pages, which may frustrate some users. They'll have to draw their images, save them to the Nook or Tikatok, and then add them to the page they're composing. Once the art is selected, insert text boxes to add words. Moving the text in to place and formatting it well can be a bit tricky. Young kids may need help here; The task requires patience.
When you're finished with your book, save it to the My Bookshelf section of the app. There you'll find your books and those from the Tikatok library that you've favorited. Click a book cover to find out how many times its been read or added as a favorite. You can also read, share, edit, or order your books in ebook or print format. Hardcover books cost about $19, paperback about $16, and a digital book will cost $2.99. You can also store and share a voice recording of the book for $1.99. Orders may be placed online only, not from the app.
Overall this is a fun, feature-filled app worth downloading for those whose device of choice is the Nook.