May Reading Challenge: Read to Someone

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

Reading with my children promotes communication, affection and education. When they were younger I nurtured them with stories before nap time and bedtime and random times in between. As they grew, we developed the library habit and visited every Tuesday for story time and a bag full of books to take home. Each progressed to be an independent reader. Even though I slugged through reading the first four Harry Potter books out loud to my oldest child, now I miss the interaction of reading regularly together. For that reason, I am proposing this May Reading Challenge for myself and all those who want to Try It With Me:

Read to or with someone this month.

That someone can be an adult, teenager or a child. The most obvious choice would be to read to a child, especially a child or grandchild in the family. But I am going to look for an opportunity to read to or with someone unexpected.

Ask yourself: Is there someone at my child’s school who needs extra reading help? Can I read in a classroom? Is there someone who is elderly and cannot read as well anymore? Can I read with someone who may need companionship or friendship? Can I share a scripture or verse of poetry or a line in a song with a friend and tell him or her what it means to me?

Reading increases our ability to understand one another. Last week, my friend asked if I had read a particular literary work. She wanted to pull us into a common place of understanding to begin an important conversation. Reading connects individuals one-on-one.

Do you want to Try It With Me? Just be looking for that opportunity outside of your normal routine to read with or to someone this month. Then on Tuesday, May 27th, come back and share your story.

Join in by trying the challenges with me, commenting, linking, or suggesting a challenge. If you want to write a post on your blog about what happened when you took the challenge, I will publish your link. Just link to my website in your post and send me your link. Feel free to use the TIWMT image in your post.


  1. Julie
    May 6, 2008

    Wow, your site looks awesome! I love the new look, it’s very nice. And “Illuminate Everyday” really represents your blog.

    This is a great challenge. I read to my daughter daily… we will often sit for 30 minutes and read every book we can find. Sometimes she has me read the same book over and over. I think that reading to her since birth has really fostered her love of reading and our love of spending that one-on-one time together.

    I will look for opportunities this month to read to someone else too. I’m not sure who but I know if I am open to it, the opportunity will present itself.

  2. Minna Dyer
    May 6, 2008

    I need this challenge for my own children! I read to them usually just before bed because it is obligatory. I used to read more to them when I wasn’t so busy. I know they love it so I need to take advantage of their interest.
    Thanks for the challenge!

  3. Alison
    May 6, 2008

    Okay, T, I’ll take your challenge – but with a twist. I am constantly reading to Zac, so that doesn’t count. But I’m going to read to ME. I have a pile of books waiting for me, and a trip to St. Louis at the end of the month that involves some free time.
    I’m also going to work on teaching Zac to read. He’s alllllmost there.
    Love the new design, BTW!

  4. camille
    May 17, 2008

    I’ll take your challenge too. We read out loud to each other all the time too, naps and bedtime and while we play school with my 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 year olds. R is learning to read and very proud of herself! What I remembered the other day is that in our first two years of marriage my husband and I used to read to each other quite a bit, especially in the evenings while I was trying to relax my pregnant body, and also while I was in labor! It helped me focus on something else. So within the next week I’ll read to him; we’ll read a book together. I’m pregnant again, and need the relaxation so why not?! I’ll let you know how it goes and what we read. And by the way I’m working on “The Count of Monte Cristo” and am really enjoying. I saw a play version of it several years ago that really surprised me. Check out my account and I’ll keep you updated on what else I’m reading. And check out my reply to your memorization challenge, I finally responded!

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