APRIL 29, 2020
BY KATHY ISHIZUKA
With schools shuttered due to the pandemic, are kids still reading? They are, according to data from Follett.
“We have seen about a 15 percent increase in [book] usage compared to last year,” says Doug Thompson, a spokesman for the company, a leading provider of books in the K–12 market.
Based on circulation data derived from Destiny, Follett’s library management system used by more than 60,000 schools, the following lists of the most popular ebook and audiobook titles reveal some surprises. The top three ebooks for kindergarten through third grade were Spanish language titles, including nonfiction about matter, birds, and rainbows.