Listening to stories read aloud provides the children with opportunities to build listening skills as well as reading comprehension skills. The children are often asked to respond to a story by speculating how they would solve a problematic situation that is present in the story. After hearing The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll, the children wrote about how the characters in the story got their tremendous snowman to the contest. The children were reminded about a similar story by the same author, a strategy that builds an understanding of an author’s permanency over time, as well as his crafting techniques. This story also stressed the importance of collaboration. In anticipation of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Pre-K children heard several stories about the life and work of this important leader in American history. After hearing all about his dream, the children shared their dreams for a better world and shared ways they could make this world a better place. They illustrated their responses for a collaborative paper quilt, which hangs at the entrance of each Pre-K classroom.