I have to confess something: I've become a Barnes & Noble addict. Ever since getting hooked on their ebooks and their First Look book club, I've been checking their site and forums daily. There are some pretty good promotions on ebooks from time to time, where the first book in a series is either free or dramatically reduced, but they usually aren't available for very long, so I've gotten into the habit of checking often so as not to miss anything.
Anyway, to get to the point of my story, yesterday I was checking the website and spotted a banner ad at the top of the page, where they usually advertise their sales. This one was advertising Tikatok gift cards.
The idea is to let your kids create their own picture books. They can write the entire story themselves, or use one of Tikatok's story starters to help them get going. They can choose one of the stock illustrations, or upload their own drawings. It looks as if you can either "draw" an illustration on the computer and upload the file, or scan and upload an illustration from paper. I can already think of a couple of kids on my holiday shopping list who would love this!
I don't talk about it much on this blog, but I'm a big advocate of habits that teach children the value of literacy and reading. I can't think of many better ways than being able to see their own words and illustrations in print, can you?