Virtual Learning

Kids These Days: The Top Ten Children’s Online Reads

Everything about life as we know it has been recently put on hold. As millions of students are aware, this could not be more evident than in schools. With a big move to online learning, many teachers have been forced to find innovative ways to teach. Thankfully, tech has been keeping up, and there are some extraordinary resources available.

One such resource is the Sora OverDrive Education app. According to their website:

The Sora app was designed around the modern student reading experience. It empowers students to discover and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from their school, for both leisure and class-assigned reading.

Inspired by educator and student feedback, Sora was created to excite kids about reading and remove distractions to promote a focus on learning.



The OverDrive Education app allows K-12 teachers to assign eBooks and audiobooks to students through the school library. Those books can be downloaded onto tablets, smartphones or desktops and read on or offline for a seamless continuation of lessons for remote learning. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, and its effects on modern society, the app was already used in more than 23,000 schools and districts.


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The pandemic, and the resulting school closures, have led to a surge in downloads, and a shake-up of the (virtual) book charts. We spoke with a representative of Sora, and got the inside scoop on the current online reading trends for their K-12 audience.

Top Ebooks:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

2. Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

3. Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

5. El Deafo by Cece Bell

6. Guts by Raina Telgemeier

7. For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey

8. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary – this title is particularly popular, due to its inclusion in the Big Library Read. 

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

10. The Giver by Lois Lowry



Top Audiobooks:

1. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

2. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

4. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

8. Refugee by Alan Gratz

9. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

10. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


Top Genres:

1. Juvenile Literature

2. Humor (Fiction)

3. Comic and Graphic Books

4. Fantasy

5. Young Adult Literature



In response to the immense changes to virtual learning, Sora launched the “Sora No-Cost Books (previously named the Sora Remote Reading Book Bundle).” This collection includes titles from publishers like Abrams, Britannica, Bellwether Media, Live Oak, Orca and Peachtree, in addition to required reading classics like Emma and Call of the Wild. Existing partners can now sign up via on online form to gain no-cost access to quality titles.

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