April 12 D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read)

April 12 has been named national Drop Everything and Read Day, in honor of author Beverly Cleary’s 90th birthday. Cleary’s spunky character Ramona Quimby is the day’s spokesperson because it was in Cleary’s 1981 book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, that Ramona’s school started having D.E.A.R. time. Several organizations have joined with HarperCollins to establish this nationwide initiative, meant to encourage families to take at least 30 minutes a day to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together. Resources and ideas for celebrating the day are available here. Printed materials, including a poster and reproducible handout, can be obtained by contacting HarperCollins.

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