Why Read Aloud? Reading aloud to children helps them develop and improve literacy skills -- reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Children listen on a higher level than they read, therefore, listening to other readers stimulates growth and understanding of vocabulary and language patterns. Jim Trelease in his book The Read Aloud Handbook says, "Reading aloud in school is not a frill. Go out of your way to make each book a special experience for your students. Allow them to live literature, to become so involved in a story that they become a part of it. It could change their lives." The links below will take you to various websites where stories will be read aloud for you to enjoy.