2Introduction Books can be used in the classroom to open up new worlds to children. They can stimulate the imagination, foster vocabulary building and enhance critical thinking. Books with illustrations also can be used to familiarize children with shapes, colour and textures. In this workshop, I would like to discuss the many ways in which books can stimulate learning. Hopefully, it will also work to spark some new ideas as to how books can be used as learning tools in the classroom. This workshop will be interactive and will require your participation as well as your input. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have as we go along. Benefits of Reading Aloud Reading aloud can be a fun for both the reader and listeners. By reading stories aloud in the class, teachers can build students’ vocabulary, develop listening skills and nurture a passion for the written word. Additional Specific Benefits of Reading Aloud1) Vocabulary Building – creating Word Banks While reading aloud, teachers can take note of words that they think may be new or difficult for the class. The teacher can then write the word on the board and ask the students if anyone knows the meaning of the word. It is important to see if the children can derive the meaning of the word in the context of the sentence or paragraph. If the meaning is not known, the teacher can define the word. This will help the students to learn and understand new words when they are spoken or read. It may also be possible to use this process to make a ‘word bank’ where new words are ‘stored’ or written on a section of the board or on flash cards. This process will keep the words fresh in the students’ minds. 2) Developing Listening Skills Reading aloud will also help students to develop their listening skills and improve their overall attentiveness. As the teacher reads aloud to the students, their desire to hear the story will improve their ability to listen. By developing their listening skills, students will be able to easily come up with their own ideas because they can easily listen to what is being read, comprehend and then apply what was heard.