Self-Publishing for the Sippy Cup Set!

Whenever I babysit my nieces and nephew, the first thing they ask for is story time. If I agree (and how could I not?) they madly grab for their favorite books and pile on top of me, each shoving a book in my face and imploring, “This one! This one!” I invariably end up bruised, battered and slobbered on, but it’s worth it. Lately the kiddies are showing signs that they may share their favorite aunt’s way with words. They’re embellishing fairy tales and making up their own stories. That’s why I was tickled pink to learn about Tikatok, the brainchild of entrepreneur Sharon Kan. Tikatok is a free online community where kids under thirteen can write, illustrate, publish, and print their own books. Young authors create and save works using StorySparks interactive templates. (There’s no extra software to download.) Tikatok lets kids store works-in-progress in a private account and allows them to share stories with the community in a safe, parent-moderated environment. Kids’ identities are even protected with their own nom de plume! Tikatok masterpieces can be emailed to friends, sent to Tikatok book clubs, or posted on blogs. Hard copies can be ordered for about $20 each. Best of all Tikatok connects budding storytellers and fosters a lifelong passion for reading. And they lived happily ever after. The end.

Tikatok

Children's Publishing Website

Self-Publishing for the Sippy Cup Set!

Whenever I babysit my nieces and nephew, the first thing they ask for is story time. If I agree (and how could I not?) they madly grab for their favorite books and pile on top of me, each shoving a book in my face and imploring, “This one! This one!” I invariably end up bruised, battered and slobbered on, but it’s worth it. Lately the kiddies are showing signs that they may share their favorite aunt’s way with words. They’re embellishing fairy tales and making up their own stories. That’s why I was tickled pink to learn about Tikatok, the brainchild of entrepreneur Sharon Kan. Tikatok is a free online community where kids under thirteen can write, illustrate, publish, and print their own books. Young authors create and save works using StorySparks interactive templates. (There’s no extra software to download.) Tikatok lets kids store works-in-progress in a private account and allows them to share stories with the community in a safe, parent-moderated environment. Kids’ identities are even protected with their own nom de plume! Tikatok masterpieces can be emailed to friends, sent to Tikatok book clubs, or posted on blogs. Hard copies can be ordered for about $20 each. Best of all Tikatok connects budding storytellers and fosters a lifelong passion for reading. And they lived happily ever after. The end.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Katie
    Katie

    Hi, everyone! We're really excited to be featured on Daily Grommet today and would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about Tikatok, where kids channel their imagination into stories and publish those stories into books.

    I also wanted to share a great bit of news -- Tikatok was recently recognized by Good Housekeeping as one of only three "Write Sites" in it's February issue. I look forward to reading your comments.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    1/30/2009 12:13 PM

    What an incredible idea! I think it'd be awesome as an end-of-year teacher gift, too -- with a page from each child, detailing their favorite things about the year. Congratulations on another great Grommet!

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    1/30/2009 12:20 PM

    This is a truly innovative and useful grommet!

    I am going to recommend this to our elementary school reading teachers and our PTG (for funding). I could imagine each classroom making one of these chronicling their year (world and local events, classroom antics, favorites, funny stories...) and donating it to the school library. What a wonderful legacy to the school!

  • Colleen
    Colleen
    1/30/2009 12:33 PM

    I'm definitely checking this out for my 8 year old - she loves to make books, and wants to be an author.

  • Katie
    Katie – Special Guest
    1/30/2009 12:33 PM

    Hi Lisa and Sara -

    Thanks for the comments.This site certainly is a great fit for schools, they use us all the time! As you mentioned, students can write collaborative books or individual books. They make great additions to the school library as well as excellent items to auction off at fundraisers. Visit the link below if you want more info on our school programs: http://www.tikatok.com/help/teachers

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    1/30/2009 4:37 PM

    Another great idea is to publish artwork. As parents we store the kids artwork away in boxes, baskets, drawers and attics. I noticed going through the Tikatok site that many children publish their artwork. It's a very nice keepsake.

  • Lisa Marie
    Lisa Marie
    1/31/2009 7:48 AM

    How long does it take to get your book back? And, can we not use the typed in text, but just let my child write the story next to her pictures?

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    1/31/2009 9:08 AM

    How can this NOT spark a child's interest in writing! It's so reasonably priced, too! I love it and will absolutely be doing this with my son! Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    1/31/2009 9:14 AM

    Is there a set number of pages that are in a book or is there a min/max number of pages?

  • sharon
    sharon
    1/31/2009 10:08 AM

    Hi Katherine, this is Sharon from Tikatok, there there is no min/max, kids can write one page story or 500 pages, will print what they ask for.

  • Katie
    Katie – Special Guest
    1/31/2009 11:01 AM

    Hi Lisa Marie, it takes about 10 to 12 business days to receive your book. You can customize them absolutely anyway you like, so you can choose to have the book published with typed text or you can scan in your child's original handwriting. It's all a matter of preference!

  • Mariann
    Mariann
    1/31/2009 11:04 AM

    What a fabulous idea! I love it. Great present for Grandparents around the holidays.

  • Hilary Plattus
    Hilary Plattus
    1/31/2009 11:28 AM

    My five year-old daughter came up with a great story about her fish, Goldie, this summer. A few weeks later, we found out about TikaTok and turned her story into a book! She did all the illustrations, which we easily uploaded onto the site. It was so easy and I am not very computer savvy. We ordered copies for friends and family and the finished product is so professional! Now my daughter wants to know why her book isn't in the school library!

  • Ashley Ranaldi
    Ashley Ranaldi
    1/31/2009 11:53 AM

    What a great idea! My nine year old has been asking me about 'publishing' his own book. I had no idea what to tell him but now it looks like it is possible! Can't wait to tell him.

  • Bridget
    Bridget
    1/31/2009 11:59 AM

    Most of us do not need another trinket from the local gift shop for birthdays, mother's day or holidays. What a great gift idea for any occasion! My children gave me a bound photo book for mother's day last year. What a delight to recieve it & enjoy the photos they chose to include! It is a lasting pleasure for me! The book sits on an ottoman near my foyer, many guests are drawn to it & each is touched by the joy and warmth that the book provides. NOW, TikaTok is providing a fabulous way to publish children's writings! As an educator, I feel positive that this creative website will tickle a child's fancy and get/keep the imagination motor running. As a mother I would be thrilled with the gift of an original publication by a beloved child! What a great gift idea for fathers, grandparents, godparents - all of those special folks in our children's lives.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    1/31/2009 12:33 PM

    I was wondering if you have gift certificates that I could give to my friends for a birthday present? We like to give gift certificates to each other and I think this would be really cool to get.

  • Nataly
    Nataly – Grommet Team
    1/31/2009 12:39 PM

    Elizabeth -- Tikatok does offer gift certificates (and you're right, they make a wonderful gift!) Here's the link:

    Tikatok Gift Cards

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/31/2009 1:18 PM

    Our children are often creative and the joy of publishing special stories to savor or share with loved ones, epecially grandparents is fabulous.

  • Katie
    Katie – Special Guest
    1/31/2009 1:32 PM

    Thanks for sharing that link, Nataly! Tikatok Gift Cards do make great gifts! They can be purchased in any denomination and be used like cash anywhere on the site.

  • marie
    marie
    1/31/2009 1:39 PM

    What a wonderful idea; and, as a grandparent, I'd love to be the recipient of a Tikatok book. done by the grandchildren. And, I agree, a gift certificate would make a terrific birthday present for children.

  • Lisa Loomis
    Lisa Loomis
    1/31/2009 1:45 PM

    Tikatok offers a novel and engaging way to encourage students to write their own stories! What better way to have students participate in their learning by writing in an online forum where they can see other friends work and have story sparks (ideas) to help them create their own books! The stories they create will increase their literacy skills and the smiles and satisfaction of a story well told will last forever.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    1/31/2009 1:47 PM

    What a great idea. I usually have to retype, edit and "publish" my son's stories. This really seems to streamline that process and makes the whole experience more fun!

  • Grace
    Grace
    1/31/2009 1:59 PM

    I am SO going to ask for this for my birthday!!!!!

  • Frances
    Frances
    1/31/2009 2:09 PM

    This is such a great idea! My 4 and 6 year-old little ones will enjoy this so much. Thanks, Daily Grommet!

  • Caroline
    Caroline
    1/31/2009 2:13 PM

    Tikatok.com is aweome. I use it to think up and write my stories for school. i love it.

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    1/31/2009 2:19 PM

    Why didn't we have all these great creative outlets when we were young! Oh, right - no computers + no social networking = pen and paper. This is certainly a great way to encourage that reluctant reader/writer. BTW, where can we get a copy of the Turkey Story? :)

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    1/31/2009 2:36 PM

    @Eileen...You can read the Turkey Story at Tikatok because it's published there! You can leave a comment for the author about his book and he gets an email notification that someone has commented. BTW -You can also buy the book..:)

    Will's Turkey Story is currently on the home page of the Tikatok site for viewing!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    1/31/2009 3:01 PM

    Thanks for highlighting this neat company. Always good to watch for a new gift idea for our kids to create for their grandparents (or their parents)! Who wouldn't want to see their own work in hardcover?

  • Josh
    Josh
    1/31/2009 3:30 PM

    its great but not that much fun after a while. Great for people who have a creative imagination. The only bad thing is how much the books cost to get in paper back or hard back.

  • Mary Kattuman
    Mary Kattuman
    1/31/2009 3:33 PM

    Tikatok is a wonderful community!

    My 10 year old son was not enthusiastic about writing at all, but after I dragged him to a tikatok writing event at Boston Public Library last year, where he wrote his first "tale", he has begun to think up writing ideas. Thank you Tikatok!

  • Bethany
    Bethany
    1/31/2009 3:38 PM

    This is something my daughter will love!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    1/31/2009 3:45 PM

    Just last weekend a friend was commenting that it would be so nice to have a place to put her son's poetry. Perfect timing. I checked out The Daily Grommet and found tikatok! Thanks.

  • Kristen
    Kristen
    1/31/2009 5:17 PM

    Loved seeing Will on the site. Nice book he wrote. We can't wait to publish some of our favorites. Thanks for this great grommet

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    1/31/2009 5:21 PM

    This publishing grommet is so much more versatile than previous generations of similar products! Great idea. The kids will love writing stories.

  • JPG
    JPG
    1/31/2009 5:39 PM

    My 7 year old daughter thinks publishing her own book would be really "cool". What a great way to inspire young writers & readers- I can imagine how proud she would be to have her own book published! And, for the parents- what a great way to preserve your childs work! I love it! Thanks Grommet for the great find.

  • jessica daitch
    jessica daitch
    1/31/2009 5:40 PM

    I see that your site is featuring tikatok.com. My family LOVES this website. It offers children the opportunity to "publish" their art and original stories for free (or you can order a hard copy). My children are 6 and 4. What I enjoy is seeing them create their art and then helping them develop a story. They are a bit young for the web technology, but its a great family project. We also love emailing the end result to far flung family members.

  • debra
    debra
    1/31/2009 6:15 PM

    My niece wrote a book about three weeks ago on this site and was so excited that she now has her own book. This site is absolutely fantastic!!

  • LC
    LC
    1/31/2009 6:47 PM

    I can't wait to try this!

  • Caroline
    Caroline
    1/31/2009 6:52 PM

    This looks great -- can't wait to introduce the idea to our son.

  • Sanjay
    Sanjay
    1/31/2009 7:24 PM

    My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed creating her own book of poems "How to Play Sick" on Tikatok. A great way to allow kids to channel their creativity, create a permanent keepsake with the published books that also serve as great gifts for friends and family.

  • Janet
    Janet
    1/31/2009 8:48 PM

    My 6-year-old daughter loves Tikatok!

  • Jen
    Jen
    1/31/2009 9:52 PM

    Tikatok is wonderful! My 8 year old son absolutely LOVES writing and ilustrating his own stories. The first time we went to tikatok's site my son said that it was like youtube for books. He signed up immediately and has been writing books ever since. I think Tikatok is great. Kids can use tikakok's story starters to help them write a story or can just write the story on their own. It is a lot of fun for kids to read other kids' stories and write their own books. Other kids can comment on the books. Kids can choose to share their illustrations with others. If one of their illustrations are used by another author, they get credit as a contributing illustrator. Kids can even start or join book clubs about things that interest them.

  • Lori
    Lori
    1/31/2009 11:25 PM

    My 12 year old daughter is always thinking up stories and trying to find notebooks around the house to write on, then we found Tikatok! She was so excited when she found out that she could not only write her own stories but also put in pictures, too. It is so great that the kids have such a positive outlet for their talents. The fact that they can publish their books is absolutely WONDERFUL! Being able to tell her teachers about a story she has written is great but it's even better when she can show them the book! Now my 10 year old is writting a book, too! What a positive way to express your creativity! Who knows how many of these children will grow up to be authors - and we can say we knew them when!

    I say: TWO THUMBS UP TO TIKATOK!

  • Laura Emerson
    Laura Emerson
    2/1/2009 1:52 AM

    My 7 year old daughter absolutely loves Tikatok. I love to see her use her imagination and creativity as it gives her such a great sense of accomplishment and gives me a chance to see what is truly in her heart and mind.

  • Emilie
    Emilie
    2/1/2009 9:00 AM

    this website is so much fun you feel like an author you can write about what ever you want. My mom showed an ad from a magazine for this web site last weekend and ive writen 5 books already. Hope you have fun on this website.

  • Pepa
    Pepa
    2/1/2009 9:22 AM

    I LOVE IT! My children are adults now, but as children they were always creative and "writing books." At the time when my son was writing his stories, he was fortunate to be in a school where the librarian encouraged his creativity and put his books in the library for others to check out and read. I would think that having this tool would encourage creativity in children and, at the same time, teach invaluable computer/publishing skills. What fun!!!

  • K. Lyons
    K. Lyons
    2/1/2009 10:34 AM

    So many children don't have a good imagination these days and it's so important to help a child develop one.

  • Katie Courtney
    Katie Courtney
    2/1/2009 12:41 PM

    What a creative idea! We are huge readers and look forward to being huge writers. Thanks for sharing such a neat idea. Yea Fun!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    2/1/2009 1:33 PM

    This seems like a nice idea!

  • Nancy Ann
    Nancy Ann
    2/1/2009 2:15 PM

    I love this site. It is easy to use and my 11 year old daughter is loving it. Look for her next book soon...

  • Marynell
    Marynell
    2/1/2009 2:17 PM

    I am forwarding this to every teacher I know -- what an exciting idea for classrooms!

  • Dadola
    Dadola
    2/1/2009 2:23 PM

    I'm a grandad who doesn't need any more ties, but I'd love to get one of these books on my next birthday.

  • Marynell
    Marynell
    2/1/2009 2:28 PM

    I wish this had existed when my boys were small. I'm carefully saving flimsy pieces of notebook paper with their stories, wishing there were a better way. Imagine how proud they would have been to have produced a real book.

  • Kim
    Kim
    2/1/2009 2:59 PM

    I read about this site in the Feb addition- GH. My 10 year old daughter loves it. She is always on the site creating a book. I think it is a wonderful way for kids to express themselves.

  • Olga Odabashian
    Olga Odabashian
    2/1/2009 4:16 PM

    Tikatok has made it possible for my son to see his his imagination and creativity come to life. He was very excited to see his writing in a hardback book. He loves to write thanks to Tikatok!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/1/2009 4:25 PM

    It's wonderful to see the response to TikaTok, both from existing fans and the people for whom we provided a good find. It's wonderful that you are giving the passionate people at TikaTok so much feedback. And if you have any suggestions...feel free to pass those on too. We're all reading everything you write.

  • TH
    TH
    2/1/2009 5:14 PM

    TikaTok made it possible for my special education students to publish their work. My students are now more confident as writers.

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    2/2/2009 6:54 AM

    Love this learning grommet -- will forward to my school teacher sis to share with colleagues and administration.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    2/2/2009 7:59 AM

    I love this idea! I wish my boys were young again but I might go up in the attic and take out all the books/poems that I have saved over the years and put in to one of these books for them! Great idea Joanne! Can't wait to check out Will and his wonderful story!

  • Emily K.
    Emily K.
    2/2/2009 8:47 AM

    This is fabulous! I showed both my kids (ages 11 and 8) and they can't wait to create their own books. Thanks for finding this incredible resource.

  • Donna C.
    Donna C.
    2/2/2009 8:52 AM

    My 4 year old daughter would love to create her own books.

  • P. Harmon
    P. Harmon
    2/2/2009 9:31 AM

    My 7 yr. old son is learning to read, but he isn't into it like my daughters are/were. I think if he could make his own book, it would certainly be a story he would love to read over and over.

  • Lee
    Lee
    2/2/2009 9:50 AM

    Last summer, my 12 year old started writing a children's story about a pet mouse escaping its cage and living in the family car (something that actually happened to us!). Her work stalled out before completion, however, and I think Tikatok may be the perfect way to re-motivate her. Great idea!

  • Nanette Ryan
    Nanette Ryan
    2/2/2009 10:27 AM

    I am the Children and Youth Services Librarian in W. Bridgewater. We used Tikatok services for a 'tween/teen workshop (ages 11-16) and the group loved it! They keep asking when the library is hgoing to offer book writing workshops and when can they make new Tikatok books. I want to offer it again, I just have to figure out how the library will pay for it. It is very reasonable but I will have at least 25/30 young patrons interested in creating their own books. Great service, nice website and the books come out fabulous! I highly recommend visiting the Tikatok site and allowing your child(ren) to make a book. Sincerely, Nanette Ryan~Children's Librarian

  • Michal
    Michal
    2/2/2009 11:03 AM

    My 9 year old daughter loved it. She could not believe that she could actually publish a 'real' book.

  • Neal
    Neal
    2/2/2009 12:08 PM

    Hi there, this is Neal from Tikatok. If you like our website please help spread the word by becoming a fan of Tikatok on Facebook! Here is the link to our Facebook page. Thanks for all of the great comments so far!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tikatok/57560155074

  • Emilie
    Emilie
    2/6/2009 6:32 PM

    i love this web site because you can write and just be yourself

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    2/18/2009 4:41 PM

    this is SO cool!

  • Sunny
    Sunny
    2/19/2009 1:18 AM

    Fantastic idea!! Thank you for telling us about it!

  • Aris
    Aris
    12/30/2009 1:37 PM

    Such a fantastic idea, I can't wait to do this with my grandsons. What an awesome gift to give to parents.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2009 3:56 PM

    @Aris - it's so great that you'll do this with your grandchildren. That will be a memory I know they will cherish!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Tikatok

Children's Publishing Website

Self-Publishing for the Sippy Cup Set!

Whenever I babysit my nieces and nephew, the first thing they ask for is story time. If I agree (and how could I not?) they madly grab for their favorite books and pile on top of me, each shoving a book in my face and imploring, “This one! This one!”

I invariably end up bruised, battered and slobbered on, but it’s worth it. Lately the kiddies are showing signs that they may share their favorite aunt’s way with words. They’re embellishing fairy tales and making up their own stories. That’s why I was tickled pink to
learn about Tikatok, the brainchild of entrepreneur Sharon Kan.

Tikatok is a free online community where kids under thirteen can write, illustrate, publish, and print their own books. Young authors create and save works using StorySparks interactive templates. (There’s no extra software to download.) Tikatok lets kids store works-in-progress in a private account and allows them to share stories with the community in a safe, parent-moderated environment. Kids’ identities are even protected with their own nom de plume!

Tikatok masterpieces can be emailed to friends, sent to Tikatok book clubs, or posted on blogs. Hard copies can be ordered for about $20 each. Best of all Tikatok connects budding storytellers and fosters a lifelong passion for reading. And they lived happily ever after. The end.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Katie
    Katie

    Hi, everyone! We're really excited to be featured on Daily Grommet today and would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about Tikatok, where kids channel their imagination into stories and publish those stories into books.

    I also wanted to share a great bit of news -- Tikatok was recently recognized by Good Housekeeping as one of only three "Write Sites" in it's February issue. I look forward to reading your comments.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    1/30/2009 12:13 PM

    What an incredible idea! I think it'd be awesome as an end-of-year teacher gift, too -- with a page from each child, detailing their favorite things about the year. Congratulations on another great Grommet!

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    1/30/2009 12:20 PM

    This is a truly innovative and useful grommet!

    I am going to recommend this to our elementary school reading teachers and our PTG (for funding). I could imagine each classroom making one of these chronicling their year (world and local events, classroom antics, favorites, funny stories...) and donating it to the school library. What a wonderful legacy to the school!

  • Colleen
    Colleen
    1/30/2009 12:33 PM

    I'm definitely checking this out for my 8 year old - she loves to make books, and wants to be an author.

  • Katie
    Katie – Special Guest
    1/30/2009 12:33 PM

    Hi Lisa and Sara -

    Thanks for the comments.This site certainly is a great fit for schools, they use us all the time! As you mentioned, students can write collaborative books or individual books. They make great additions to the school library as well as excellent items to auction off at fundraisers. Visit the link below if you want more info on our school programs: http://www.tikatok.com/help/teachers

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    1/30/2009 4:37 PM

    Another great idea is to publish artwork. As parents we store the kids artwork away in boxes, baskets, drawers and attics. I noticed going through the Tikatok site that many children publish their artwork. It's a very nice keepsake.

  • Lisa Marie
    Lisa Marie
    1/31/2009 7:48 AM

    How long does it take to get your book back? And, can we not use the typed in text, but just let my child write the story next to her pictures?

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    1/31/2009 9:08 AM

    How can this NOT spark a child's interest in writing! It's so reasonably priced, too! I love it and will absolutely be doing this with my son! Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine
    1/31/2009 9:14 AM

    Is there a set number of pages that are in a book or is there a min/max number of pages?

  • sharon
    sharon
    1/31/2009 10:08 AM

    Hi Katherine, this is Sharon from Tikatok, there there is no min/max, kids can write one page story or 500 pages, will print what they ask for.

  • Katie
    Katie – Special Guest
    1/31/2009 11:01 AM

    Hi Lisa Marie, it takes about 10 to 12 business days to receive your book. You can customize them absolutely anyway you like, so you can choose to have the book published with typed text or you can scan in your child's original handwriting. It's all a matter of preference!

  • Mariann
    Mariann
    1/31/2009 11:04 AM

    What a fabulous idea! I love it. Great present for Grandparents around the holidays.

  • Hilary Plattus
    Hilary Plattus
    1/31/2009 11:28 AM

    My five year-old daughter came up with a great story about her fish, Goldie, this summer. A few weeks later, we found out about TikaTok and turned her story into a book! She did all the illustrations, which we easily uploaded onto the site. It was so easy and I am not very computer savvy. We ordered copies for friends and family and the finished product is so professional! Now my daughter wants to know why her book isn't in the school library!

  • Ashley Ranaldi
    Ashley Ranaldi
    1/31/2009 11:53 AM

    What a great idea! My nine year old has been asking me about 'publishing' his own book. I had no idea what to tell him but now it looks like it is possible! Can't wait to tell him.

  • Bridget
    Bridget
    1/31/2009 11:59 AM

    Most of us do not need another trinket from the local gift shop for birthdays, mother's day or holidays. What a great gift idea for any occasion! My children gave me a bound photo book for mother's day last year. What a delight to recieve it & enjoy the photos they chose to include! It is a lasting pleasure for me! The book sits on an ottoman near my foyer, many guests are drawn to it & each is touched by the joy and warmth that the book provides. NOW, TikaTok is providing a fabulous way to publish children's writings! As an educator, I feel positive that this creative website will tickle a child's fancy and get/keep the imagination motor running. As a mother I would be thrilled with the gift of an original publication by a beloved child! What a great gift idea for fathers, grandparents, godparents - all of those special folks in our children's lives.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    1/31/2009 12:33 PM

    I was wondering if you have gift certificates that I could give to my friends for a birthday present? We like to give gift certificates to each other and I think this would be really cool to get.

  • Nataly
    Nataly – Grommet Team
    1/31/2009 12:39 PM

    Elizabeth -- Tikatok does offer gift certificates (and you're right, they make a wonderful gift!) Here's the link:

    Tikatok Gift Cards

  • Melissa
    Melissa
    1/31/2009 1:18 PM

    Our children are often creative and the joy of publishing special stories to savor or share with loved ones, epecially grandparents is fabulous.

  • Katie
    Katie – Special Guest
    1/31/2009 1:32 PM

    Thanks for sharing that link, Nataly! Tikatok Gift Cards do make great gifts! They can be purchased in any denomination and be used like cash anywhere on the site.

  • marie
    marie
    1/31/2009 1:39 PM

    What a wonderful idea; and, as a grandparent, I'd love to be the recipient of a Tikatok book. done by the grandchildren. And, I agree, a gift certificate would make a terrific birthday present for children.

  • Lisa Loomis
    Lisa Loomis
    1/31/2009 1:45 PM

    Tikatok offers a novel and engaging way to encourage students to write their own stories! What better way to have students participate in their learning by writing in an online forum where they can see other friends work and have story sparks (ideas) to help them create their own books! The stories they create will increase their literacy skills and the smiles and satisfaction of a story well told will last forever.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    1/31/2009 1:47 PM

    What a great idea. I usually have to retype, edit and "publish" my son's stories. This really seems to streamline that process and makes the whole experience more fun!

  • Grace
    Grace
    1/31/2009 1:59 PM

    I am SO going to ask for this for my birthday!!!!!

  • Frances
    Frances
    1/31/2009 2:09 PM

    This is such a great idea! My 4 and 6 year-old little ones will enjoy this so much. Thanks, Daily Grommet!

  • Caroline
    Caroline
    1/31/2009 2:13 PM

    Tikatok.com is aweome. I use it to think up and write my stories for school. i love it.

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    1/31/2009 2:19 PM

    Why didn't we have all these great creative outlets when we were young! Oh, right - no computers + no social networking = pen and paper. This is certainly a great way to encourage that reluctant reader/writer. BTW, where can we get a copy of the Turkey Story? :)

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    1/31/2009 2:36 PM

    @Eileen...You can read the Turkey Story at Tikatok because it's published there! You can leave a comment for the author about his book and he gets an email notification that someone has commented. BTW -You can also buy the book..:)

    Will's Turkey Story is currently on the home page of the Tikatok site for viewing!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    1/31/2009 3:01 PM

    Thanks for highlighting this neat company. Always good to watch for a new gift idea for our kids to create for their grandparents (or their parents)! Who wouldn't want to see their own work in hardcover?

  • Josh
    Josh
    1/31/2009 3:30 PM

    its great but not that much fun after a while. Great for people who have a creative imagination. The only bad thing is how much the books cost to get in paper back or hard back.

  • Mary Kattuman
    Mary Kattuman
    1/31/2009 3:33 PM

    Tikatok is a wonderful community!

    My 10 year old son was not enthusiastic about writing at all, but after I dragged him to a tikatok writing event at Boston Public Library last year, where he wrote his first "tale", he has begun to think up writing ideas. Thank you Tikatok!

  • Bethany
    Bethany
    1/31/2009 3:38 PM

    This is something my daughter will love!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    1/31/2009 3:45 PM

    Just last weekend a friend was commenting that it would be so nice to have a place to put her son's poetry. Perfect timing. I checked out The Daily Grommet and found tikatok! Thanks.

  • Kristen
    Kristen
    1/31/2009 5:17 PM

    Loved seeing Will on the site. Nice book he wrote. We can't wait to publish some of our favorites. Thanks for this great grommet

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    1/31/2009 5:21 PM

    This publishing grommet is so much more versatile than previous generations of similar products! Great idea. The kids will love writing stories.

  • JPG
    JPG
    1/31/2009 5:39 PM

    My 7 year old daughter thinks publishing her own book would be really "cool". What a great way to inspire young writers & readers- I can imagine how proud she would be to have her own book published! And, for the parents- what a great way to preserve your childs work! I love it! Thanks Grommet for the great find.

  • jessica daitch
    jessica daitch
    1/31/2009 5:40 PM

    I see that your site is featuring tikatok.com. My family LOVES this website. It offers children the opportunity to "publish" their art and original stories for free (or you can order a hard copy). My children are 6 and 4. What I enjoy is seeing them create their art and then helping them develop a story. They are a bit young for the web technology, but its a great family project. We also love emailing the end result to far flung family members.

  • debra
    debra
    1/31/2009 6:15 PM

    My niece wrote a book about three weeks ago on this site and was so excited that she now has her own book. This site is absolutely fantastic!!

  • LC
    LC
    1/31/2009 6:47 PM

    I can't wait to try this!

  • Caroline
    Caroline
    1/31/2009 6:52 PM

    This looks great -- can't wait to introduce the idea to our son.

  • Sanjay
    Sanjay
    1/31/2009 7:24 PM

    My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed creating her own book of poems "How to Play Sick" on Tikatok. A great way to allow kids to channel their creativity, create a permanent keepsake with the published books that also serve as great gifts for friends and family.

  • Janet
    Janet
    1/31/2009 8:48 PM

    My 6-year-old daughter loves Tikatok!

  • Jen
    Jen
    1/31/2009 9:52 PM

    Tikatok is wonderful! My 8 year old son absolutely LOVES writing and ilustrating his own stories. The first time we went to tikatok's site my son said that it was like youtube for books. He signed up immediately and has been writing books ever since. I think Tikatok is great. Kids can use tikakok's story starters to help them write a story or can just write the story on their own. It is a lot of fun for kids to read other kids' stories and write their own books. Other kids can comment on the books. Kids can choose to share their illustrations with others. If one of their illustrations are used by another author, they get credit as a contributing illustrator. Kids can even start or join book clubs about things that interest them.

  • Lori
    Lori
    1/31/2009 11:25 PM

    My 12 year old daughter is always thinking up stories and trying to find notebooks around the house to write on, then we found Tikatok! She was so excited when she found out that she could not only write her own stories but also put in pictures, too. It is so great that the kids have such a positive outlet for their talents. The fact that they can publish their books is absolutely WONDERFUL! Being able to tell her teachers about a story she has written is great but it's even better when she can show them the book! Now my 10 year old is writting a book, too! What a positive way to express your creativity! Who knows how many of these children will grow up to be authors - and we can say we knew them when!

    I say: TWO THUMBS UP TO TIKATOK!

  • Laura Emerson
    Laura Emerson
    2/1/2009 1:52 AM

    My 7 year old daughter absolutely loves Tikatok. I love to see her use her imagination and creativity as it gives her such a great sense of accomplishment and gives me a chance to see what is truly in her heart and mind.

  • Emilie
    Emilie
    2/1/2009 9:00 AM

    this website is so much fun you feel like an author you can write about what ever you want. My mom showed an ad from a magazine for this web site last weekend and ive writen 5 books already. Hope you have fun on this website.

  • Pepa
    Pepa
    2/1/2009 9:22 AM

    I LOVE IT! My children are adults now, but as children they were always creative and "writing books." At the time when my son was writing his stories, he was fortunate to be in a school where the librarian encouraged his creativity and put his books in the library for others to check out and read. I would think that having this tool would encourage creativity in children and, at the same time, teach invaluable computer/publishing skills. What fun!!!

  • K. Lyons
    K. Lyons
    2/1/2009 10:34 AM

    So many children don't have a good imagination these days and it's so important to help a child develop one.

  • Katie Courtney
    Katie Courtney
    2/1/2009 12:41 PM

    What a creative idea! We are huge readers and look forward to being huge writers. Thanks for sharing such a neat idea. Yea Fun!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    2/1/2009 1:33 PM

    This seems like a nice idea!

  • Nancy Ann
    Nancy Ann
    2/1/2009 2:15 PM

    I love this site. It is easy to use and my 11 year old daughter is loving it. Look for her next book soon...

  • Marynell
    Marynell
    2/1/2009 2:17 PM

    I am forwarding this to every teacher I know -- what an exciting idea for classrooms!

  • Dadola
    Dadola
    2/1/2009 2:23 PM

    I'm a grandad who doesn't need any more ties, but I'd love to get one of these books on my next birthday.

  • Marynell
    Marynell
    2/1/2009 2:28 PM

    I wish this had existed when my boys were small. I'm carefully saving flimsy pieces of notebook paper with their stories, wishing there were a better way. Imagine how proud they would have been to have produced a real book.

  • Kim
    Kim
    2/1/2009 2:59 PM

    I read about this site in the Feb addition- GH. My 10 year old daughter loves it. She is always on the site creating a book. I think it is a wonderful way for kids to express themselves.

  • Olga Odabashian
    Olga Odabashian
    2/1/2009 4:16 PM

    Tikatok has made it possible for my son to see his his imagination and creativity come to life. He was very excited to see his writing in a hardback book. He loves to write thanks to Tikatok!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/1/2009 4:25 PM

    It's wonderful to see the response to TikaTok, both from existing fans and the people for whom we provided a good find. It's wonderful that you are giving the passionate people at TikaTok so much feedback. And if you have any suggestions...feel free to pass those on too. We're all reading everything you write.

  • TH
    TH
    2/1/2009 5:14 PM

    TikaTok made it possible for my special education students to publish their work. My students are now more confident as writers.

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    2/2/2009 6:54 AM

    Love this learning grommet -- will forward to my school teacher sis to share with colleagues and administration.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    2/2/2009 7:59 AM

    I love this idea! I wish my boys were young again but I might go up in the attic and take out all the books/poems that I have saved over the years and put in to one of these books for them! Great idea Joanne! Can't wait to check out Will and his wonderful story!

  • Emily K.
    Emily K.
    2/2/2009 8:47 AM

    This is fabulous! I showed both my kids (ages 11 and 8) and they can't wait to create their own books. Thanks for finding this incredible resource.

  • Donna C.
    Donna C.
    2/2/2009 8:52 AM

    My 4 year old daughter would love to create her own books.

  • P. Harmon
    P. Harmon
    2/2/2009 9:31 AM

    My 7 yr. old son is learning to read, but he isn't into it like my daughters are/were. I think if he could make his own book, it would certainly be a story he would love to read over and over.

  • Lee
    Lee
    2/2/2009 9:50 AM

    Last summer, my 12 year old started writing a children's story about a pet mouse escaping its cage and living in the family car (something that actually happened to us!). Her work stalled out before completion, however, and I think Tikatok may be the perfect way to re-motivate her. Great idea!

  • Nanette Ryan
    Nanette Ryan
    2/2/2009 10:27 AM

    I am the Children and Youth Services Librarian in W. Bridgewater. We used Tikatok services for a 'tween/teen workshop (ages 11-16) and the group loved it! They keep asking when the library is hgoing to offer book writing workshops and when can they make new Tikatok books. I want to offer it again, I just have to figure out how the library will pay for it. It is very reasonable but I will have at least 25/30 young patrons interested in creating their own books. Great service, nice website and the books come out fabulous! I highly recommend visiting the Tikatok site and allowing your child(ren) to make a book. Sincerely, Nanette Ryan~Children's Librarian

  • Michal
    Michal
    2/2/2009 11:03 AM

    My 9 year old daughter loved it. She could not believe that she could actually publish a 'real' book.

  • Neal
    Neal
    2/2/2009 12:08 PM

    Hi there, this is Neal from Tikatok. If you like our website please help spread the word by becoming a fan of Tikatok on Facebook! Here is the link to our Facebook page. Thanks for all of the great comments so far!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tikatok/57560155074

  • Emilie
    Emilie
    2/6/2009 6:32 PM

    i love this web site because you can write and just be yourself

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    2/18/2009 4:41 PM

    this is SO cool!

  • Sunny
    Sunny
    2/19/2009 1:18 AM

    Fantastic idea!! Thank you for telling us about it!

  • Aris
    Aris
    12/30/2009 1:37 PM

    Such a fantastic idea, I can't wait to do this with my grandsons. What an awesome gift to give to parents.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/30/2009 3:56 PM

    @Aris - it's so great that you'll do this with your grandchildren. That will be a memory I know they will cherish!

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