NYC Students can access digital books FREE
Meet Sora, the student reading app.
The CDL on Sora is a collection of ebooks and audiobooks selected by NYC DOE school librarians. All the books are curated with the DOE collection development policy and selection criteria in mind. There is content for all grade levels with emphasis on diversity and culturally responsive-sustaining education, as well as titles to support Professional Learning.
Using Sora is easy!
Log in with your NYC DOE email address any of the following ways:
Visit the site
Login on TeachHub
Easy login with your NYC DOE email
Sora Quick Tips for Students
Read, Listen or Read-along
Different types of books (ebooks, audiobooks or read-alongs) are available for all ages and reading levels!
Read in 20+ languages
Use Sora in 10 languages including English, Spanish, French, Chinese & more. Some books are also available to read in over 20 languages!
Read for long periods of time, finish a book, or borrow different types of books and you’ll earn badges and bragging rights!
Define, Highlight & Take Notes
Hold, drag & highlight text to make notes & define words. You’ll be able to export to PDF, Google Docs, & more.
Helpful Resources for Students and Families
Sora for PK-3
For parents and guardians of
Sora for Grades 4-12
For students in grades 4-12
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Suggested Reading by Grade Level
Reading lists created for each grade level
Bonus: Connect to Public Libraries
In addition to ebooks and audiobooks available from the NYCDOE school collection, Sora allows students to:
- Access thousands of age-appropriate digital books in all subject areas
- Read books in more than 20 languages
Using your NYCDOE student login, you can borrow books from the Queens Public Library with Public Library CONNECT.
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Use digital books with your students
Sora, the student reading app, is our school’s gateway to the world’s largest selection of ebooks and audiobooks, spanning millions of titles from thousands of publishers.
Our current collection features digital books for required reading and supplemental reading, and can be customized with books your students need right now.
In Sora, you’ll be able to assign specific books to your classrooms at different reading levels.
View what badges students are receiving for reading achievements with in the app.
Monitor student progress. See how much & how often they are reading & in what formats.
You and your students can browse & borrow from our Mosaic grade-level reading collections.
Helpful Sora Resources for Educators and School Staff
Getting Started with Sora for Educators View the new E-learning module
Word Docs & PDFs
Info Sheets & FAQs
Printable Marketing Materials
Foreign Language Materials
This kit includes 1 Getting Started Guide in Full or Half-Sheet (PDF). Also available in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Swedish, Chinese (Traditional), and Chinese (Simplified).
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Thousands of Premium Titles
The Sora app comes loaded with thousands of premium titles that don’t cost our NY schools a penny. Plus, the titles in Sora’s free collection are frequently refreshed, so check Sora often!
Today, you’ll find*:
- Community Reads: Spanish Titles for Young Readers
- Community Reads: Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students
- Premium, multi-user titles, constantly refreshed with new additions
- Required reading classics: Emma, Call of the Wild, Great Expectations, Hamlet
- Student favorites: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, El Deafo, The Terrible Two, Every Falling Star
- Books from your local public library’s digital collection, if available (Menu » Choose Add a Library)
*Titles in Sora included free collection can vary over time.
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