How To Make An Interactive Vocabulary Book

Last week I was working on small vocabulary books for our Dutch as a second language children. They need to interact and play with the language. Spoken word is the priority at the school. With this in my mind I have created two different kind of books. To do this I used two separate tools.


The first example has been made with the app Book Creator. First I made sure that all my images were free from copyrights. I made drawings in the Paper 53 app. Miss An give me the list off words that the children needed to learn throughout the school year. I found this useful tutorial by Ronald Janssens to help me with this.


After drawing, I made a new book project in Book Creator and imported the images page by page. Then I wrote the words and divided every single letter. Once this was done, I recorded the full word and then each letter separately. When the children interact with the book they will get a visual clue, audio clue and a full overview of this word.


After learning the words, I wanted them to play with the language and that’s why I created a separate book with exercises using iBooks Author. I used one of the basic widgets, called scroll widget, to make this happen.

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 13.22.18

The same images were imported and the widget was added. I selected a big font size and entered all letters of the alphabet. The remainder of this exercise was easy all I had to do was duplicate the widget.

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More info:

Book Creator

Paper 53

iBooks Author

  2 comments for “How To Make An Interactive Vocabulary Book

  1. December 20, 2016 at 11:56

    Nice. Could be a fine angle to let the pupils do the drawings. Would love a more precise description of the iBook Author part.

    • Kurt Klynen
      December 20, 2016 at 12:18

      Hi Thomas,

      Send me an email with your questions and I’ll walk you through the steps.


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