Prince Frederick, MD — August 27th, 2007 — Recorded Books, the premier publisher of audiobooks for K-12 schools and a Haights Cross Communications company, announces that it has sold over 500 units of Dr. Janet Allen?s Plugged-in to Reading literacy program. Since its release in May of 2006, Plugged-in to Reading has been selected for classrooms in 24 states from Maine to California.

Plugged-in to Reading is a reading program for middle and high school students based on a classroom library of 48 high-interest books, each accompanied by an unabridged, professionally narrated audiobook from Recorded Books. The program was written by Dr. Janet Allen, an international consultant, researcher, author, innovator, and veteran educator who has become a major force in literacy instruction.

Indiana?s Joliet Public Schools, District 86 purchased 15 units of Plugged-in to Reading after hearing about the success of their neighboring district, Crete-Monee. This purchase put Plugged-in to Reading sales-to-date at 504 units.

?Crete-Monee piloted Plugged-in to Reading last year. They sent six people to the Plugged-in to Reading Institute and shared their plan with Joliet,? says Plugged-in to Reading consultant Angela Crouse. ?Now Joliet is planning to pilot Plugged-in to Reading in their own district in several ways. Some of the 7th- and 8th-grade classrooms are self-contained, some are resource rooms, and some are all-day language arts, with several periods throughout the day including gifted classes. This experience will allow Joliet to look at all types of students in different learning environments and determine how Plugged-in to Reading affects their outcome.?

For more information on Plugged-in to Reading and for a complete list of what schools are using this program, please call 1-800-638-1304 or email To contact Angela Crouse for more information on what is happening in Indiana and surrounding states please email

Recorded Books, a Haights Cross Communications company, is the largest producer of unabridged audiobooks for K-12 schools. Thousands of titles are available and are narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also publishes and distributes Dr. Janet Allen?s Plugged-in to Reading, a research-based literacy program for middle and high schools based in high-interest, authentic literature. Each level includes everything needed to implement the program. All packaging is designed for high circulation. For more information on Recorded Books, please visit For more information on Plugged-in to Reading, please visit

Founded in 1997 and based in White Plains, NY, Haights Cross Communications is a premier educational and library publisher dedicated to creating the finest books, audio products, periodicals, software and online services, serving the following markets: K-12 supplemental education, public library and school publishing, audiobooks, and medical continuing-education publishing. Haights Cross companies include Sundance/Newbridge Educational Publishing (Northborough, MA), Triumph Learning (New York, NY), Buckle Down Publishing (Iowa City, IA), Options Publishing (Merrimack, NH), Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), and Oakstone Publishing (Birmingham, AL). For more information, visit

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