Thousands of K-12 students in North America will enjoy more free eBooks all summer long
CLEVELAND — May 22, 2017 — Schools are gearing up for summer break. While summer presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine, OverDrive Education wants students to find ways to learn while away from the classroom. More than 13,500 schools have partnered with OverDrive Education for an annual summer reading program designed to encourage students to keep reading. To keep students engaged while on break, OverDrive Education has expanded the Summer Read program from 8 to 12 popular eBooks. Thousands of students from OverDrive partner schools will enjoy free, 24/7 access to juvenile and young adult eBooks over eight weeks, June 7–August 7.

“By increasing the number of eBooks, we can reach more students with a wider variety of titles,” said Christina Samek, Summer Read project coordinator, OverDrive Education. “Expanding the length to cover essentially the entire summer, we will be supporting schools to prevent the summer slide. There’s something for every reader, from Read-Alongs for younger readers to young adult books for middle and high school students.”

Students from all 50 states and eight Canadian provinces will enjoy six Juvenile and six YA eBooks from Nickelodeon, Orca Book Publishers, Sleeping Bear Press, AudioGO, Ink Monster LLC, Pants on Fire Press and Harmony Ink Press. This year’s collection covers a wide range of topics and offers a wonderful cast of characters.

Juvenile titles
The Wild World of Buck Bray: The Miss Grizzly Cubs by Judy Young
Tig Ripley: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel by Ginger Rue
Happy Birthday, SpongeBob! by J-P Chanda
Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Predergast
Meet Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon Publishing
Mikey’s Monster by Nickelodeon Publishing

Young Adult titles
Ray of Sunlight by Brynn Stein
Instant Winner by Gary Soto
Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin
The Pigeon Man by Joel Edward Stein
Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast
At the Edge of the World by Kari Jones

The eBooks in the Summer Read program are enabled by OverDrive’s industry-leading platform and are easily accessible via the industry’s highest-rated app on all major eReading devices, computers, tablets and smartphones with a valid student ID. Students can borrow any of the eBooks in the collection with unlimited access during the program. Read more about the titles and the program overview at the OverDrive website, and hear OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerds, the leading podcast on books, discuss the Summer Read titles in their podcast.

For more information on the Summer Read program, contact

About OverDrive Education – a division of OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.  We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.

Hadie Bartholomew
Communications Manager