Created by two educational industry veterans, StarWalk Kids digital book platform is opening doors for teachers and parents to use ebooks in the educational setting. Seymour Simon and Liz Nealon, former creative director for Sesame Street, established the platform and launched with 150 ebook titles.
“We are so pleased to be able to provide this important 21st Century literacy tool for educators,” said author and co-founder Seymour Simon, who has fifty-three of his own books, including nine digital originals, in the StarWalk Kids catalog, in a press release. “We have created a library designed to support educators who are looking for high quality, well written trade books, particularly nonfiction books, to support Common Core Reading and Writing strategies.”
One feature of StarWalk’s platform that works for teachers is the ability of students to read the titles on any internet-enabled device through StarWalk’s Reader, which enables the students to continue reading at home what they began in class. Additionally, there is no extra charge for each student copy of the title, affording teachers the chance to employ whole-class texts for instruction at a much more manageable price than when schools are required to purchase individual copies of the text.
At its current rate of ebook adoption, StarWalk plans to have as many as 400 titles in its catalog by the end of the current school year.