Award-Winning Titles from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to be Offered as Ebooks on Storia
NEW YORK, NY – March 14, 2013 – Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced an agreement with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, one of the leading publishers of children’s books, to offer a selection of their popular titles on Storia®, the classroom-based, teacher-recommended ereading app for kids. The collection of books, from picture books to young adult novels, will be available for purchase by teachers and parents on Storia, through Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs beginning in late Spring 2013.
Among the award winning authors and titles from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to be offered on Storia are National Book Award winner, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Printz Award-winning author of Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi, Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, Hug Time and The Gift of Nothing by New York Times bestselling Patrick McDonnell and many other titles. Many of these titles will feature enrichments, reading quizzes and other interactive activities to enhance the reading experience for kids.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as our latest Storia publishing partner and to offer their amazing list of titles for children of all ages to experience and enjoy reading digitally,” said Jenny Frost, SVP ePublisher and eBook Strategy, Scholastic Book Clubs and Ecommerce. “Teachers and parents are going to be excited about the rich collection of award winning titles, and children are going to love choosing what to read next from among our growing list of favorite authors and books.”
The Storia ereading app is designed to meet the needs of a 21st Century classroom, giving teachers the support and tools they need to keep their students motivated and excited to read. Teachers using Storia can access the free Spotlight on Storia, a teacher’s guide to using Storia in the classroom. The guide offers how-to videos that showcase students and teachers using Storia in small groups, as a whole-class activity and on an interactive white board. Spotlight also provides teachers with free booktalks and discussion guides to use with Storia ebooks, and other downloadable teaching materials and activities to supplement Storia books.
Available for free download on iPad, PC, and Android tablets (with more platforms to come in 2013), the Storia ereading app, is designed exclusively for children with a personalized approach to helping them become better readers. Storia offers thousands of titles for kids from toddlers through teens, and the library of ebooks continues to grow. Storia was recognized by Warren Buckleitner with the “Editor’s Choice Award” for children’s ebook apps and most recently was named one of the “Top 10 Best High-Tech Toys” of 2012 and one of the “Top 100 Best Toys” of 2012 by Dr. Toy.
Scholastic is currently working with several other top publishers to offer their front- and backlist titles on Storia.