D.E.A.R. means Drop Everything And Read!
You're already reading (this post), but when you're done, maybe you don't have to do your math homework or the dishes right this minute...? Maybe you don't really want to watch Brady Bunch re-runs on TV or play Angry Birds...? Maybe you can drop everything else, grab a good book, and read!
Beverly Cleary was born on this date in 1916 (and she's still alive today, at 96 years old!). She wrote more than 30 books for children and teens, and one of them mentioned a school program called Drop Everything And Read. (This was mentioned in Ramona Quimby, Age 8.) Because this mention spread the word about D.E.A.R. to many other people, we now celebrate D.E.A.R. on Cleary's birthday.
To celebrate, read on your own or read aloud to a younger child. Start a book discussion group or go to a poetry reading. Attend a D.E.A.R. event at your library or local bookstore. Read, read, read!
My favorite book by Beverly Cleary isn't about Ramona Quimby, Ramona's big sister Beezus, Beezus's good friend Henry Huggins, or Henry's dog Ribsy. It's not Ralph S. Mouse or Dear Mr. Henshaw. Those are all great books, but my very favorite Beverly Cleary book is Ellen Tebbits. Have you ever read it?
The D.E.A.R. website has an interview with Beverly Cleary.
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