Roll-out of eBooks to celebrate World Book Day

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Students from across the Trust are taking part in a number of fun activities in honour of the biggest annual celebration of books and reading.

To celebrate World Book Day, many of our secondary academies will be holding their own theme days, and pupils at our primary schools will be dressing up as their favourite book character.

As well as celebrating a love of reading traditional books, DRET academies will be making the most of our new eBook library, which is being rolled out more widely across the Trust from today.

The DRET eBook library is now available to all staff and students, where they can access over 3,000 eBooks. From literature classics to study aids, reading is now even more accessible for our 12,000 students.

The online library, which has been set up after a successful pilot scheme in a number of the DRET academies, will help encourage our students to read for pleasure.

Over 2,000 eBooks are downloaded across the Trust per month, as adults and children alike tend to read digital versions of their favourite novel. A whole variety of books are currently available to download. The top five most borrowed eBooks across the David Ross Education Trust are:

  1. Holes by Louis Sachar
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  5. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Guy Shearer, Head of IT and eLearning, commented: “The eBook library is a fantastic opportunity for our students to easily access thousands of books and novels.

“We hope the launch of this new facility will encourage students to fully immerse themselves in the wonderful world of books and reading.”