Earlier in the year we sent a note to the educators who use Storybird with this message: you are lovely and amazing. You invested your trust in us, built us into your curriculum, shared us with educators around the world, and most importantly, put us on your shoulders and gave us the opportunity to reach even higher in our mission to inspire a new generation of writers and readers.
We’ve always known that teachers and librarians are core to our success and crucial to our mission. (Just look at all the creative ways teachers are using Storybird!) But it wasn’t until we crunched the numbers that we really understood just how amazing our community of educators truly is.
Here’s an end-of-the-school year snapshot of what the millions of students, classrooms, and educators who use Storybird Studio achieved in 2014-2015. It’s more Year-in-Review than report card (we trust you’ve had enough of those by now), and quite frankly, it knocked our socks off. (Download a PDF of the report here.)
2014-2015 Edu Year In Review
400,000 teachers and librarians use Storybird Studio and its tools, in more than 190 countries. You’ve made us the largest language arts platform on the planet!
Chirp, chirp! Twice as many educators joined Storybird this year over last year. So we’re sending double thanks to all of you who have shared Storybird with your colleagues.
Every week, schools register 30,000 students to use Storybird. This year’s new student users equal the entire population of Philadelphia (the 5th largest city in the US), or Manila (the 2nd largest city in the Philippines). That’s a lot of young authors!
Over 175,000 schools are on the Storybird platform. That’s more than 8 times as many Starbucks locations as there are in the entire WORLD. It’s also a network roughly 30% larger than Scholastic Corporation. (For comparison, Starbucks has 191,000 employees; Scholastic has around 10,000; Storybird has 15.)
As of today, there are 9 million stories on Storybird. That makes it the 4th largest public library in the United States! It’s also roughly 25 times the annual number of books published by the global children’s/YA book industry, and a powerful sign of a new generation of readers, writers, and storytellers learning to change the world with their words.
This year, more than 100,000 stories per week—that’s 400,000 stories a month!—were added to Storybird by students like yours.
And in the time it took you to read this sentence, another 100 stories were added!
Students around the globe spent more than 100 million minutes writing on Storybird this year. That works out to 694 days, 10 hours, and 40 minutes of creativity in the classroom. (Take that, boring standardized tests!)
There are 9,000 original illustrations in our art portfolios (with new art being added everyday)—that means our art library is home to more art than the entire permanent collection of New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.
Combine our art library of 9,000 illustrations with the 9 million stories on Storybird, and a picture isn’t just worth 1,000 words—it’s worth 1,000 stories (and counting!).
Pretty impressive stuff, no? But for all the facts and figures, it really comes back to the people behind the numbers: teachers, librarians, educators, and students. You inspire us daily through your dedication to helping young writers and readers explore and share their creativity. Your work is incredibly important, and we wouldn’t be here without you.
Thanks—again—for being lovely, and amazing.
It’s been a banner year, and there is so much more to come. Here are just a few of the things we’re looking forward to in 2015-2016:
1. Fundraisers for educators
Move over bake sales, new and improved Fundraisers are coming back! Your class will be able to create and sell Storybird products to raise money for your school—so much tastier than gluten-free, nut-safe brownies. Watch for more news about Fundraisers in the coming months. (UPDATE: Visit our Fundraisers page to see how they work.)
2. Creative Partners
Building on the success of the serialized novels in our Creative Partner program, we’re continuing to publish new books—from middle school dramas to sci-fi adventures—by professional author/illustrator collaborators. Click on the cover above to start reading the latest, an art-heist/romance, from beloved Storybird authors Natalie & Wen.
3. Watching young writers grow
There’s nothing more rewarding than watching young writers develop into amazing storytellers. We have read incredible books written by Storybird members over the past year, and we cheered right along with our readers as some of these authors launched sequels to their most popular books. We can’t wait to see what the community will create next.
Lark, our iOS app for poetry, is out of beta and is available for download worldwide. And some breaking news for Facebook fans: we’ve also launched a brand new Lark for Messenger app that allows you to add ready-made poetry to your Facebook Messenger threads. So much cooler than stickers, right?!
So that’s how our 2014-2015 school year went! Hope yours was just as great. For those of you above the equator, enjoy the summer holiday. For our friends down under, welcome back!
The Storybird Team
Featured art by: Bitskoff, Glass Seahorse, Imaginary Paperboat, Julius Tan, Imaginings, and Katy Betz Studio / Storybird.