APRIL 12: DROP EVERYTHING AND READ
From the DEAR webpage:
What is D.E.A.R.?
D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to
remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental)
than reading, really?
When is D.E.A.R. celebrated?
D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she
first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41). Inspired by letters from readers sharing
their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same
experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program
has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to
Can D.E.A.R. be celebrated anytime?
Yes, of course! We encourage you to “Drop Everything and Read” every day throughout the year. The goal of
the program is to prompt people to make reading a regular part of their routine . . . whether they’re reading solo
or together with their classmates, parents, or friends. So, go ahead and join the millions of families, schools,
bookstores, and communities who have participated throughout the years and pledge to “drop” what you’re
doing in order to read a good book.
30 minutes. Read. Today!