Summer Sun and Stories

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Summer is here and the time is right for stories! Today we're introducing this year's Tales2go Summer Listening Lists. These curated lists feature titles for students at every age and stage, all new to the Tales2go library this year. 

With everything that's happened so far, and continues to unfold this year, we've balanced fun summer titles with options to spark discoveries, understanding, and discussions. Remember that listening absolutely IS learning, and something that we can all stand to do a little more of in our daily lives. As ever, we continue to add to our catalog and actively seek titles that provide a wide variety of perspectives, voices, and experiences. If there's a title you'd like to see in our catalog, please let us know and we'll try to get it added.

Need more? The 2019 Summer Listening Lists have lots more fun titles

Download the Lists

Each pdf packet includes a cover letter for families, a quick start visual login guide as well as the list for each grade range. 

We Know You're Listening More

Especially as we spend more time with our families, we've heard from many of you that listening is increasingly becoming a way to stay connected. You're listening as families and chatting about the stories, concepts, and characters. You're 'distance listening' with friends and far away family members. Thanks to simultaneous streaming, you can listen independently and then chat about the story over the phone or on video calls. You're taking some awesome staycations and letting stories take you to far away places, times, and dimensions. Keep up all the great listening, and let us know if we can help with anything!

If you're on social media, be sure to follow us to be the first to know when we add new titles and get ideas throughout the summer! @Tales2go on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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