Tales2Go

Common Sense Media says

Great audiobook service offers a ton of content, for a fee.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is easy to navigate, offering several different methods of searching for books. Listening to a book is even easier.

Violence & scariness

The level of violence depends entirely on the book being listened to. Parents can follow the app's age recommendations and try to learn a bit about a specific book before allowing kids to listen.

Sexy stuff

The level of sexuality depends entirely on the book being listened to. Parents can follow the app's age recommendations and try to learn a bit about a specific book before allowing kids to listen.

Language

The language used depends entirely on the book being listened to. Parents can follow the app's age recommendations and try to learn a bit about a specific book before allowing kids to listen.

Consumerism

The app gives you a free 30-day trial. After that point, you have to pay to become a full-time member. You can either pay $10/month or $100/year.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The presence of any smoking or drinking depends entirely on the book being listened to. Parents can follow the app's age recommendations and try to learn a bit about a specific book before allowing kids to listen.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tales2Go is a children's audiobook service. The app will give you a free one-month trial, during which time you can listen to as many books as you want. After that point, though, you'll need to pay to continue using the service. While these are all children's books, the content varies greatly. Parents will want to learn more about the content of a specific book before allowing kids to listen to it.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • prediction

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Communication

  • listening

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Most people (kids and adults alike) enjoy listening to books will be drawn to with Tales2Go. Their level of enjoyment, though, is more tied to the selection they choose, and there are many options within Tales2Go.

Learning Approach

Audiobooks can be a tool for scaffolding learning and allowing kids to think at higher levels and learn more advanced vocabulary.

Support

The app is easy to navigate, offering several different methods of searching for books. Listening to a book is even easier.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • prediction

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Communication

  • listening

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to appreciate books, build vocabulary, and increase reading comprehension as they listen to some of the more than 2,500 audiobooks available through Tales2Go. Kids' reading comprehension often surpasses their reading levels, so audiobooks can be a tool for scaffolding learning and allowing kids to think at higher levels and learn more advanced vocabulary. Tales2Go is a great resource to get kids excited about books, increasing their listening skills and reading comprehension.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

TALES2GO is a subscription service that offers more than 2,500 children's audiobook titles, including both classics and modern kid lit. After a free trial month, subscriptions are $9.99 a month or $99.00 for a year. During the trial, kids have access to all of the titles, including popular chapter books and children's books. The titles appeal to kids from preschool to sixth grade. Books are searchable by title or author, or can be perused by category. Parenting books and classics are available for parents, too.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Tales2Go may be a pricier app once your free trial is over, but as an entertainment service, it certainly offers a ton of content for the money. There are (at the time of this review) more 1,600 audiobooks available through the app, and while many are short tales you may never have heard of, there are also big bestsellers like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and How to Train Your Dragon. The app has a simple, easy-to-use interface and offers a slew of different search parameters. If an audiobook service is what your kids are looking for, Tales2Go should fit the bill nicely.

Families can talk about...

  • Find a time to listen to audiobooks together -- in the car, during snack time, before bed, or whenever works for the family.

  • Talk to kids about the books. Make connections to other books, movies, or experiences. Discuss favorite parts or characters you identify with.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 23, 2011
Category:Education
Size:1.80 MB
Publisher:Tales2Go, LLC
Version:3.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Adult Written bydcboysmom November 20, 2011
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QUALITY
 

Best app on my iPhone!

Tales2Go has transformed how my children consume media. They now have very little screen time, b/c listening to stories is as entertaining. Plus, they can have unlimited story time ... in the car, in the bathtub, etc. Their vocabularies have been greatly enriched, as has their cultural literacy, as Tales2Go has many fables, classics, myths, etc. It is well worth every penny ... just think about how expensive it is to take two children to the movies vs. endless hours of listening to wonderful stories. This app makes audio books easy and uncomplicated. I hated schlepping to the library to find something within the limited selection. I hated even more the high price of audio books on Amazon. We listen in the car all the time, and now kids in the carpool will ask for specific stories. It's fun for me, too, b/c we can discuss the stories afterwards. In fact, after listening to How To Train Your Dragon, we had a fantastic carpool discussion of what it means to be a hero. We never had a conversation like that after a movie!
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