reading to yourself
When you read /riːd/ a piece of writing, you look at it and understand what it says.
Why don't you read your letter?
The past tense and -ed participle of read is read /red/.
I read through the whole paper.
Have you read that article I gave you?
reading to someone else
If you read something such as a book to someone, you say the words so that the other person can hear them. When you use read like this, it has two objects. If the indirect object is a pronoun, it usually goes in front of the direct object.
I'm going to read him some of my poems.
I read her the two pages dealing with plants.
If the indirect object is not a pronoun, it usually goes after the direct object. When this happens, you put to in front of the indirect object.
Read books to your baby – this helps to develop language and listening skills.
You also put the indirect object after the direct object when the direct object is a pronoun.
You will have to read it to him.
You can also omit the direct object.
I'll go up and read to Sam for five minutes.