Read to ME Challenge

The Read to ME Challenge is a month-long public awareness campaign to promote childhood literacy in Maine held during February 2018.

The Read to ME Challenge is an opportunity to contribute to a child’s literacy growth by reading aloud to one or more children for at least 15 minutes. The steps for taking the challenge and related resources are listed below.  You can also read about how the challenge is spreading across Maine by visiting the Read to ME Challenge articles.

Steps for Taking the Read to ME Challenge
  • Read to and/or have a child/children read to you for at least 15 minutes. 
  • Read an engaging book, chapter of a novel, newspaper or magazine article, comics, nursery rhymes or poetry. 
  • Capture a photograph of short video (15-30 seconds) of yourself reading to the child.
  • Use #ReadtoME or #ReadaloudME to post the photo or video on social media with your challenge to others to read aloud 15 minutes to a child or children they know.
  • Recommended social media platforms include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube. 
  • If you live a distance from a child you’d like to read to, use Skype or Facetime to read aloud via digital means.
  • If you are unable to complete the challenge within 48 hours, consider:
    • Donating a book to a school or public library, a food cupboard, a homeless shelter or a little free library near where you live.
    • Volunteering your time at a library.
    • Singing to or having a conversation with a child (these methods build language, too).
Read Aloud Tips

Reading aloud to children not only provides a bonding experience with caring adults, but the simple act of reading aloud to child 15 minutes a day for five years results in 27,375 minutes of language exposure which can put children on the path to high literacy achievement. Reading aloud opens up the world to children, helping them build knowledge and vocabulary.  As children’s brains are rapidly developing, one of the greatest gifts we can give them is our time reading aloud. 

Looking for tips about reading aloud to children? Check out these web-based resources.

  • National Read Aloud 15 Minutes Campaign. The Read to ME Challenge is Maine’s contribution to the national Read Aloud 15 Minutes campaign designed to promote the importance of reading aloud to children at least 15 minutes each day.
Book Lists for Children

The following web-based resources offer lists of engaging books for reading aloud to children of varying ages.

For more information, contact Lee Anne Larsen, Literacy Specialist for the Maine DOE.

Are you a Read to ME Challenge Partner? Check out our site here for resources to help get you started!