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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!”
Tikatok
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.