You may remember Beverly Cleary, author of more than 30 books for young adults and children. In 1992, she wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Since then, “Drop Everything And Read” programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday (4/12/1916.) Libraries, families and individuals across the country are asked to honor this special day-long celebration and encourage families to take time to read together.
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How can I participate?
As an organization, library, school, or bookstore, you can participate by hosting a “Drop Everything And Read” event at your location (or elsewhere) during the month of April. As an individual, you can participate by attending an event in your community or by reading at home with your children, siblings, or friends. And, ultimately set aside time not just on the 12th but on a daily basis to read.
If you would like help identifying a book to read, here is a link to favorite books read during D.E.A.R. Day, you can find a list of books by Beverly Cleary or review the 2013 Most Notable Children’s Books for young readers published by Booklist.