Tomorrow (April 12th, Beverly Cleary's birthday) is Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.). Here are the highlights, from the D.E.A.R. website:
What is National D.E.A.R. Day?
D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.
Who Is Leading the National D.E.A.R. Day Celebration? The National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAA); First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; and Ramona Quimby.
What I say is: this is a wonderful holiday. Use D.E.A.R. day as an excuse to read with your family tomorrow. Find the time, in the midst of all of the other obligations that come up on spring Saturdays, to spend a little time reading. And if you can accomplish that, you can probably find ways to drop everything and read every day.
Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary! Thanks for this timely reminder of what this blog is all about.