Combat the Summer Slide

Tales2Go Newsletter - May 2014

Listening to audio books builds vocabulary and fluency... even on the beach!

Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement over each summer while their higher-income peers make slight gains. Literacy experts have long understood that children need to be good listeners in order to become good readers, which is why the Common Core State Standards elevates listening to a skill equivalent to reading, writing and speaking.

Effectively, there is a link between hearing fluent words, vocabulary acquisition and retention and reading proficiency. Thus audio books are a great way to fight the summer slide.

Feel free to review and share our new Summer Slide Infographic with friends, family and colleagues.

Shout out to W.J. Gurganus Elementary School

Third grade teacher, Ashley Alicia, at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School in Havelock, NC began using Tales2Go last fall. Here's what she had to report, after a school year with Tales2Go:

"End of year reading benchmarks indicate that 18 of my 21 students met or exceeded fluency requirements for 3rd grade (i.e., 100 Words Read Correct (WRC) per minute, and the other three were at 97 WRC). In comparison, 76% of 3rd graders at my school are proficient or higher for fluency, with 8% being far below grade level expectations. My children's retell ability skyrocketed! Not only can 100% of my students adequately retell a story that was read with detail and in sequential order, but on average, tripled the required 30 word limit. I attribute their success and new found literacy skills to Tales2Go." ... and their really awesome teacher!

New Titles This Month

The Last of the Mohicans

The Red Badge of Courage

Moby-Dick

The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses

The Rainbow Garden - Tales of Wisdom (All Stories)

A Golden Egg

The Rainbow Garden

Tell Tails

How Turtle Made War on Hunting

The Hermit Thrush

Abu I'Hssein, the Generous

The First Bats

The Wisdom of Nature & Other Earth Tales (All Stories)

Books of Wisdom

Tortoise & the Egrets

Valone - Valley of the Old

The Silkies & the Fisherman's Sons

Pumpkin Seed Bird

The Wisdom of Nature

Reaching for the Moon & other Wisdom Tales (Entire CD)

Moon Catchers Sinte (Musical Interlude)

The Nails and the Fencepost

The Monkey's Heart

The Farm Girl and the New Dress

The Difference between Heaven and Hell

With My Own Two Hands

Why the Sky is Far Away

Never Give Up

The Legend of the Big Dipper

Moonbeams Sinte (Musical Interlude)

Moon Shadows Danza (Musical Interlude)

The Blue Coat

The Farmer, the Son and the Donkey

Ananse, Ahso and their Six Clever Children

The Little Red Hen

The Golden Goose

Reaching for the Moon

The Legend of the First Strawberry

Moonbeams Danza (Musical Interlude)

The Scarlet Letter

The Prairie

Great Expectations

From the Earth to the Moon

The Mark of Zorro

The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell

Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch

Mr. Putter & Tabby Catch the Cold

The Desperado Who Stole Baseball

Bull Run

Queen of the Falls

The Year of the Dog

Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

The Homework Machine

Schooled

Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish

Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish

Mr. Putter & Tabby Fly the Plane

Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks

Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake

Heaven

Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears

The Roar

The Boxcar Children Beginning (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

The Midnight Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #95)

The Ice Cream Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #94)

The Haunted Clock Tower Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #84)

The Copycat Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #83)

The Mystery of the Midnight Dog (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #81)

The Mystery at the Crooked House (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #79)

The Mystery of the Wild Ponies (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #77)

The Great Bicycle Race Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #76)

A Horse Named Dragon (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #114)

The Summer Camp Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #82)

The Radio Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #97)

The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #96)

The Mystery in the Computer Game (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #78)

The Hockey Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #80)

Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea (Book 4: Cooper Kids Adventure Series)

The Tombs of Anak (Book 3: Cooper Kids Adventure Series)

Escape from the Island of Aquarius (Book 2: Cooper Kid Adventure Series)

The Door in the Dragon's Throat (Book 1: Cooper Kids Adventure Series)

The Ghost in the First Row (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #112)

The Box that Watch Found (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #113)

The Seattle Puzzle (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #111)

The Secret of the Mask (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #110)

The Rock 'n' Roll Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #109)

The Creature in Ogopogo Lake (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #108)

The Giant Yo-Yo Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #107)

The Vanishing Passenger (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #106)

The Comic Book Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #93)

The Tattletale Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #92)

The Mystery at Skeleton Point (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #91)

The Mystery of the Orphan Train (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #105)

The Game Store Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #104)

The Sword of the Silver Knight (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #103)

The Ghost of the Chattering Bones (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #102)

The Clue in the Corn Maze (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #101)

The Mystery of the Haunted Boxcar (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #100)

The Finders Keepers Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #99)

The Mystery of the Runaway Ghost (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #98)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Deerslayer

Rob Roy

Countdown (Book 3 - The 39 Clues: Unstoppable)

Breakaway (Book 2 - The 39 Clues: Unstoppable)

Nowhere to Run (Book 1 - The 39 Clues: Unstoppable)

Day of Doom (Book 6 - The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series)

Trust No One (Book 5 - The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series)

Shatterproof (Book 4 - The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series)

The Dead of Night (Book 3 - The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series)

A King's Ransom (Book 2 - The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series)

The Medusa Plot (Book 1 - The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series)

Operation Trinity (The 39 Clues: The Cahill Files)

Ever

Stargazer

Into the Mist (Book 4: The Land of Elyon)

The Split Second (Book 2: The Seems)

The Glitch in Sleep (Book 1: The Seems)

The Three Musketeers (Classics Read by Celebrities)

The House of the Seven Gables

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Journey to the Center of the Earth

The Riddle of the Sands

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

The Trial

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Robinson Crusoe

Tess of the Dourbervilles

Oil!

Jane Eyre

Kim

Poppy and Rye (Sequel to Poppy)

Poppy

Dance Your Pants Off! (George Brown, Class Clown)

Crankee Doodle

Blue Heron

The Lemonade War (Book 1: The Lemonade War Series)

The Lemonade Crime (Book 2: The Lemonade War Series)

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

The Good Dog

The Center of Everything

The Big Field

The Bell Bandit (Book 3: The Lemonade War Series)

Tangerine

Skydive!

Rules

Ragweed (Prequel to Poppy)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Touch Blue

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book

In a Glass Grimmly

The Sea of Trolls

The Grimm Conclusion

Ms. Hannah is Bananas! (Book 4: My Weird School)

Mrs. Roopy Is Loopy! (Book 3: My Weird School)

Mr Klutz Is Nuts! (Book 2: My Weird School)

Miss Small is Off the Wall (Book 5: My Weird School)

Miss Daisy is Crazy! (Book 1: My Weird School)

Horrible Harry and the Stolen Cookie

Grandpa Green

Wet and Wild! (George Brown, Class Clown)

Freaks: Alive on the Inside

Flowers for Algernon

Eleanor Roosevelt

Dragon Kiss (Epilogue 2 & Final Book in The Frog Princess Series)

Million Dollar Throw

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same

Jake Drake Bully Buster

Jake Drake Teacher's Pet

Jake Drake Know-It-All

Interrupting Chicken

Inside Out & Back Again