Digital reading platform Overdrive announced today that it is donating a collection of hundreds of popular ebooks to up to 1,000 elementary schools. The initiative is part of Overdrive’s marking its 30th anniversary.
School officials can click here to apply to receive the donation for their school through the end of the school year.
Overdrive partnered with several publishers on the initiative, including Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning, Open Road Integrated Media, Dawn Publications and ABDO. The donated ebooks span a variety of subjects for young readers, and include Read-Alongs, interactive titles that sync recorded narration with highlighted words as the narrator reads.
The ebooks are part of Overdrive’s K-5 QuickStart reading program, and can be opened instantly in a student’s browser with no app or downloads required. As part of the program, students can read the same ebook at the same time in class and at home, both online and offline.
“OverDrive is constantly championing literacy and expanding opportunities for students to read in the classroom, library and at home,” said Herb Miller, director of education at OverDrive. “The ebooks in this reading program enable students instant access to quality digital books, anytime and anywhere. It’s the perfect way to celebrate 30 years of our commitment to reading.”
OverDrive’s donation is open to Title 1-eligible pre-Kindergarten, elementary and middle schools that serve students in pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade and are located in the United States and its territories.
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