Why is exposure to sophisticated spoken words so important? Oral language drives vocabulary acquisition and retention, which is a key component of reading proficiency. Yet most students lack repeated exposure to sophisticated spoken words. As a result, most students do not have a large enough vocabulary to be proficient readers, which explains why nearly two-thirds of all U.S. 4th graders struggle with reading. How Tales2go can help. Tales2go makes it easy and cost-effective to surround students with spoken sophisticated words, in school and at home, by streaming over 10,000 audio book titles from leading publishers to school-owned and BYOD devices. Students love listening to a good story, well told by a professional narrator. Tales2go is used as a literacy tool to develop vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills in a growing number of schools and districts across the U.S., including Los Angeles USD, Berkeley USD and Heartland AEA. Tales2go can also be purchased by individual families.