Books to Love

Plenty of Good Reading Available for CCSD Students!

Sora and Tumblebooks provide digital books to CCSD students for FREE! Both of these reading resources are in Cobb Digital Library. To get there, click on the link below and enter your 0365 email address and your 6-digit birthday as your password. Sora and Tumblebooks Premium are located in all Grade Level Groups as the last resources as you scroll down.

Cobb Digital Library

Questions? Please email Ms. Clay at I am available any time for your support with reading!

Getting started with Sora

With Sora, you can get free ebooks and audiobooks from your school.

Watch the getting-started video

Step 1

Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to Sora from the Cobb Digital Library database. Get there by going to Then go to Parents/Parent Resources and look for Cobb Digital Library. You will need to LOG IN using your 0365 username and birthday password.

Step 2

You will need to LOG IN using your 0365 username and birthday password.

Step 3

Browse the  tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.

Step 4

Close the book and go to  to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:

  • Select Open book or Open audiobook to read or listen to the book.
  • Select Options to renew or return the book, see your notes and highlights, and more.

Learn more

How to Access Tumblebooks for Animated Storybooks and Chapter Books:

Here is a brief video introduction to help you access Tumblebooks through CDL.

7-minute video TumblePremium Introduction

The following categories and resources/games/activities/videos are available on Tumblebooks:

Local Author Diane Z. Shore’s Books Promote History and Poetry!

I love Shore’s books to read aloud and am so glad now to share them with our students. Since she visited our school last week and we have a wall display showing her book covers, students are discovering her poems on their own. Here is a list of what we have:

  • This is the Feast
  • This is the Game
  • This is the Dream
  • This is the Earth
  • Rosa Loves to Read
  • How to Drive Your Sister Crazy


Mo Willems Engages Students in a Fun Way!

Want some great and FUN books! Check out whatever author Mo Willems writes!

  • The Pigeon Series (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, and more!)
  • The Elephant and Piggie Series (That Big Guy Took My Ball, I Love My New Toy, There is a Bird on Your Head)
  • The Knuffle Bunny Series
  • Amanda and Alligator
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Small Group Finishes Charlotte’s Web

Students from Mrs. McDill’s Third grade class finished Charlotte’s Web this week…..a classic tale of friendship by E. B. White. They created Zuckerman’s barn–the place where Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider–developed their friendship…..and a few miracles. 




Book Talk Review for the Origami Yoda Series

Christian in Third Grade recommends the Origami Yoda Series to everyone who loves origami, Star Wars and great books! Please see his Book Talk below!



2016-2017 Georgia Book Award Winners

This list of books comes out every March and is the list used for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team! The books are voted by media specialists and the public as the best picture books and chapter books for elementary and middle school readers. The books cover a wide range of topics and genres and are usually all highly recommended nationally also.

Picture Book Nominees:

Chapter Book Nominees (grades 4-8)

Mysteries for Children

A good mystery is great for using thinking skills! I am currently reading Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective with a group of second graders from Mrs. Vartenisian’s class. I am also reading The Westing Game with a group of fourth graders from Mrs. Kimbrough’s class. It is so much fun to study a mystery and try to figure out what is happening, who the characters really are and what the solution to the riddles are! Reading them takes critical reading skills and careful thought–they are like puzzles to figure out.  Here is a link with some great ones to try if you would like to read a new genre.

Caldecott and Newbery Winners!

Every year, the American Library Association votes on 1 Caldecott Winner and 1 Newbery Winner for all of the books published for children that year! That is why I always tell students that you can never go wrong with these award winners–they are the cream of the book crop!

Click here to see a list of the Caldecott winners from 1938-present. The Caldecott is given to the Illustrator for picture book art.

Click here to see a list of the Newbery winners from 1922-present. The Newbery is given to the author of the best chapter book for children.

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