Popular ebooks and audiobooks keep students reading all summer long

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53,000 schools around the world will participate in the Sora Sweet Reads reading program with free digital books to avoid the “summer slide”

CLEVELAND, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As schools search for innovative new strategies to increase reading and learning, teachers are using digital tools inside and outside the classroom. In response, OverDrive Training offers the widest Sora Sweet reads summer reading program again, from May 4th to August 17th. Now in its ninth year, this free program is designed to help educators and students beat the “summer slide” with popular digital reading materials through the award-winning program Sora student reading app. Currently, more than 53,000 schools worldwide participate in the program.

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Sora Sweet Reads provides free access to a variety of popular eBooks over the next 100 days to encourage student reading during the rest of the school year and summer break. Since May 4 to August 17, students at participating schools around the world can enjoy free 24/7 access via the Sora Reading App to 50 e-books, audiobooks, and readings for youth and young adults from their school, the largest amount ever offered under the program. Sora Sweet Reads titles are provided by 21 publishers and divided into elementary, middle and high school sections. eBook titles include 10 Blind Dates, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, Ironheart and Ark Angel. Audiobook titles include Flannery and Game changer. To see the complete list.

“When our students started using Sora last spring, they were excited to check out e-books, and we wondered if that excitement would continue through the summer months,” said Alexandra Brownspecialist in educational technologies at the national heritage academies of Michigan. “When we participated in Sora Sweet Reads, our students were so enthusiastic about the selection of books that our checkouts exceeded all of our expectations. Sora Sweet Reads gave our students access to ‘always available’ books, ensuring there was no waiting list and that students could play favorites along with their friends.”

Educators and students can also take advantage of valuable elementary, middle and high school resources for Sora Sweet Reads titles TeachBooks.net, the leading K-12 reading resource site. TeachingBooks, which offers lessons, book guides and activities, was acquired by OverDrive in 2021.

If your school offers access to Sora, find your digital collection at https://soraapp.com. Alternatively, schools can Register before June 17 to access the Sora Sweet Reads collection as well as a wide range of other free books.

Since its inception in 2014, Sora Sweet Reads has proven to be a very successful global program to encourage students to read. During the 2021 program, nearly 45,000 schools participated, a 59% increase over the 2020 program. Student departures reached a record one million (+92% YoY). other) and the number of students who read at least one of the titles of the program doubled compared to the previous year. Most importantly, Sora provided continued access to additional reading material from the school’s digital collection. During the 2021 program, students read more than six million titles from their school’s collection beyond the Sora Sweet Reads digital books.

School students using Sora can download the app for free from any app store or use it in web browsers at https://soraapp.com. Students can then borrow from the school’s digital collection and read on all major e-readers, computers, tablets and smartphones with a valid student ID.

For more information on the Sora Sweet Reads program, visit https://resources.overdrive.com/sora-sweet-reads/.

Educators can learn more about how Sora makes sure every student has access to the right books at https://discoversora.com.

About OverDrive Education – a division of OverDrive
OverDrive Education, a division of OverDrive, has offered the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and other content for more than 53,000K-12 schools and millions of students worldwide. The company’s student reading app, sora, gives every student access to the right books. Supporting the need to read required curriculum titles, course packages, and the fun of reading e-books, Sora’s powerful learning tools and insights help meet the needs of students and educators . Sora was named one of WEATHER‘s Best Inventions of 2019. Acquired in 2021, TeachBooks.net complements Sora with one of the largest catalogs of original, curated literary resources. Founded in 1986, OverDrive – the leading digital reading platform for libraries – and OverDrive Education are based in Cleveland, Ohio UNITED STATES. www.overdrive.com/schools

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