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2021 Reading Recommendations: Read on Sora

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Reading books should NOT cost money! While this LibGuide serves as a BEST OF book recommendation guide, we also want to make sure that these books are easily accessible for all of our readers. Please use the resources on this page to help you find the books you want. And as always, please don't hesitate to reach out to your librarian. 

Read with Sora

undefinedSora is the NYCDOE-approved student reading app that provides access to our school collection, our district collection, and the public library collections (currently, you can add Queens Public Library without a library card, but Brooklyn Public Library and NYPL require a card number). In addition to browsing all of the collections, Sora is also an e-reader app. Read & listen to all your books in one place! More info about Sora is available at!


Tips & Tricks:

  • You can download the Sora app on your device (setup code: nycschools) OR use the browser version at
  • Sign in with your username (what's before the! Need your login and password? Need to reset a password? Student self-service is available here, or email Mrs. Chapman.  
  • Step-by-step directions for accessing Sora can be found here. A video tutorial is available here
  • Sora is available for young adult (YA), middle grades, and picture books. Adult books will only be available to grades 11+. If you having trouble locating or accessing a title, email your librarian. The search is very sensitive and will not correct for spelling errors. 
  • Sora is only available for students & staff of the DOE. Parents and families are welcome to use Libby with a public library card number.
  • Once you login to Sora you should add the Queens Public Library. All QPL books are immediately accessible without a library card. If you want to add your BPL or NYPL library card number, you can do that, too, and read ALL your books in one place! Don't have a BPL card or think you lost your old one? Get a new one here.) 

Public Library Resources

Add the public library collections to your Sora account! The NYCDOE Sora collection is over 100,000 ebooks and audiobooks, but adding your public library card gets you access to even more books! Did you know that as a NYC resident, you can apply for all three NYC library branches? Apply for a library card online (if yours is expired or lost, contact the library, or apply for a new card). There are NO FINES or fees associated with e-content from the public library systems. 

Comics PLUS

Sign in with our library credentials to access the Comics PLUS database of comics and graphic novels. Available through August, 2021. Here is a great set of instructions and TOP TEN books from the librarian at MS51



Get two free downloads each week from AudiobookSYNC! Once you download them, you can listen whenever you wish - they are yours, pretty much forever! Register online here, then download the SORA app to read.

**Full instructions for using AudiobookSYNC can be found here.**