We are still accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year! Contact the Admissions Office to schedule a tour.


We are still accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year! Contact the Admissions Office to schedule a tour.


Student Resources

To complement ISB’s growing library collection, we also provide our students with online resources to help them research and further their learning inside and outside of the classroom.

Looking for something specific?

Our online bibliographic database contains all of the books carried by our library. Search our online catalog, Destiny! To browse ISB’s eBook and audiobook collection, explore Sora! To set up a Sora account, follow these directions.

Brain Pop

BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students – in school, at home, and on mobile devices. Resources include movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, experiments, activity pages, and much more – covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. BrainPOP Jr. is great for Nursery through 3rd Grade. BrainPOP works well for students in 2nd through 8th Grade. We also have BrainPOP Español for our Spanish speakers and BrainPOP Français for our French speakers. Click on the icons to try BrainPOP today! You can also download apps for your phone and tablet. Ask the librarians for the username and passwords.


Britannica offers safe, reliable and comprehensive source of information and media for learning, research and discovery. The site, which is accessible 24/7 from all devices – PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones – features more than 100,000 articles, 60,000 images and videos, an interactive world atlas, a Merriam-Webster dictionary and much more. No username or login is needed.

Britannica Escolar: New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish. Two levels—Primaria for elementary and Secundaria for middle school—offer unique content that is of interest to every student. Search easily across levels by topic or subject area.




A digital reading platform with a collection of 40,000+ popular, high-quality books that safely fuels curiosity and reading confidence for kids 12 and under. It offers eBooks and audiobooks in English, French, and Spanish. Email the librarians for the class code and create an account. Note this resource is complimentary during school hours only and requires a subscription for after-hours access.


Gale in Context: Elementary

Contains over 550 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.


Explore the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, history, literature, and more.


Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 21,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.



Suggested Websites

ISB teacher-approved websites are great resources for students as they begin their research.

English Websites


An Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading
engagement and learning in every subject. This website offers a
multitude of current events, both nationally and internally. (Grades 3 – 8)

DOGO News – Kids News

Fun articles for kids on current events, science,
sports, and more! There are also lots of stories, pictures, videos, and
games. This is a great way to get students interested in reading about
interesting and “kid-friendly” current events. (Grades 2 – 8)


Access thousands of high-quality articles that help to build reading
comprehension. This is also an excellent tool as a way to listen to
higher leveled texts ranging from a multitude of topics. (Grades 1 – 8)

National Geographic for Kids 

Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun
facts on the National Geographic Kids website. (Grades K-8)

French Websites

1 jour 1 actu

The first news website for children 8 and older. The news is selected and treated by specialized journalists to make it understandable and reachable for children. (Grades 3-8)

Qwant Junior

A search engine that respects your privacy and eases discovering and sharing via a social approach. (Grades 3-8)

France Info Junior

A website that offers podcasts on current news featuring professional journalists and interviews by children. (Grades 3-8)

France TV Education

An educational platform for students. It offers free multimedia content to learn, revise and better understand the world that surrounds us. (Grades 5-8)

Mon Quotidien

A newspaper for children. (Grades 5-8)

Lesite TV

A pedagogical website that offers audio content along with pedagogical books for teachers and students alike. (Grades PreK3-3)

Les fondamentaux – Réseau Canopé

This Youtube Channel from the French Ministry of Education offers short videos about subjects and skills from the national curriculum. (Grades 4-8)

Spanish Websites


Free Mexican science magazine sponsored by the STEM office of the government.


An online translation dictionary for, among others, the language pairs English-French, English-Italian, English-Spanish, French-Spanish, Spanish-Portuguese and English-Portuguese. (Grades 3-8)

Newsela en español

An Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject. This website offers a multitude of current events, both nationally and internally. (Grades 3-8)


Other Useful Resources

Our local public libraries offer a variety of wonderful resources, including databases like CultureGrams, and resources in French and Spanish including eBooks and audiobooks compatible with Sora.

Brooklyn Public Library

New York Public Library

Queens Public Library


Citing Sources

Use Easy Bib to guide you through the citation process.


Teacher Periodicals


Learning for Justice

School Library Journal

Translation is an Art

by Regan Penaluna, ISB Library Committee Member On Wednesday, April 27th, a crowd of students, parents, and staff gathered in the school gym for a panel discussion on “Translation is an Art”—an impressive event dreamed up and led by school librarians Maria Falgoust and Amy Ribakove. The walls were adorned with posters created by the

Books to Read Aloud to Your Lower School Child

Below is a selection of great books to read aloud with your primary school children recommended by the ISB Community, in no specific order but organized by language. Members of the Library Committee and others were asked to recommend a book and share what they love about it. Most of the books listed below are meant to be enjoyed primarily as hard copies, especially when the illustrations are outstanding, but we have tried to make a note when a recording (podcast or audiobook) is available to supplement the experience. Recordings will be useful to ISB parents who do not speak the target language, or to those in need of a short break.

Middle School Reading Recommendations and Tips for New Language Learners

By Raquel Frechette, ISB parent and Library Committee Member, with support from Language Acquisition Teachers, Emilie Berger and Oscar Pau   Picture this: You’re a 6th Grade ISB student. Maybe you’re new to the school and brand new to learning a second language. Or maybe you’re not new, and you’ve been at ISB since your