Inspire your students
to write better and read often.

Used in 400,000+ K-12 classrooms worldwide.
Free for any educational setting. Works with any curriculum or device.

Aligns to the Common Core
Formats available in Storybird Studio

Storybird is a unique language arts tool. We use illustrations to inspire students to write stories: picture books for K-5, longform chapter books for Grades 5-9, and poetry for everything in-between.

In a learning scenario, “starting with pictures” is powerful: it stirs the emotions while it engages the brain and jumpstarts students into their text, avoiding the blank-page syndrome. And it's effective. Schools have seen as much as 3-grade level jumps in literacy when using Storybird throughout the year.

Today, more than 5 million students and 400,000 educators use Storybird. They've published 15 million stories, and read them for several billion minutes. Storybird is free to use—and even helps schools raise funds.

How it works


Professional artwork jumpstarts student creativity, quickly drawing them into the writing process and scaffolding their progress. Simple tools keeps them on track; social feedback keeps them going.


Onboard students with or without email, issue challenges, review and share work, and build a beautiful class library. All in a private setting that collects NO data from you or your students.


Storybird is free for educators. In fact, we pay you. Run a class or school Fundraiser and get 30% of the proceeds. It doesn’t get better. Learn more here.

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“Storybird can be used by all ages, for all different subjects... Students can rewrite a classic... explain a science concept or retell a historical event. You can team students up to collaborate... As you can see, the sky is the limit with Storybird.... just let the creativity happen and their voices be heard.”

Shannon Miller
K-12 District Teacher Librarian at Van Meter Community School.

“Users can choose artwork from a specific artist and then add text to create a storybook... I’m adding the site to The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online.”

Larry Ferlazzo
Teacher, author, blogger.

“I think I love Storybird just as much as my students enjoy using it. There are no ads on the site, it’s super user-friendly, and Storybird is very engaging for teachers and students.”

Erin Klein

“I can’t think of a better way to encourage literary exploration, artsy fun and new media skills to inspire a whole new flock of creative storytellers”

Amy Jussel
Founder, Executive Director of Shaping Youth.
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“A gem”

Oxford University Press



“Boosts literacy”

ed Week

“Knocked my socks off”

School Library Journal
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