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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Drop Everything and Read

Well, sure, if you're reading here, you probably don't need much of an incentive to drop everything and read, right?

Here's one for you anyway:

In honor of Beverly Cleary's 90th birthday today, there is a national promotion to drop everything and read.

The DEAR program (Drop Everything and Read) is already popular in many schools. Whenever a teacher calls it out, the students do just that--they drop everything and settle in to read the book of their choice.

But for today, it's getting expanded as a tribute to Beverly Cleary. The beloved children's author has written 39 books--all of which are still in print. Her sales numbers come close to that other juvenile fiction powerhouse: J.K. Rowling. According to a Newsweek article, her Ramona books are about to be made into a movie.

In fact, it is Ramona herself who is the national spokesperson for National D.E.A.R. Day.

How can you participate? Your local libraries, bookstores, or other organizations may be holding special events. If they're not, you can still participate on your own. Drop everything and read for 30 minutes.

Better yet, you can help others read. Public school libraries in the Gulf Coast are in desperate need of money to fix books and replenish collections lost to last year's hurricane. The National Education Association is trying to help out by launching Books Across America. They're looking for people to make a cash donation, buy books for school libraries, buy books for a child, organize a book drive, or volunteer.


  • This was a sweet thing to remember. I loved reading about Ramona and Henry when I was growing up.

    By Anonymous George, at 5:58 PM  

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