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D.E.A.R. Beverly Cleary

There are two exciting things that happen today (and every year on April 12). First, it is Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Happy birthday to the woman who brought us our childhood heroine, Ramona Quimby! Second, it is National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day.

Maybe you’re asking yourself: What is D.E.A.R. Day? And what does it have to do with Beverly Cleary?

I’ll let our friends over at dropeverythingandread.com answer both of those questions for you.

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.

Why is National D.E.A.R. Day celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday?
Beverly Cleary receives thousands of letters a year from young readers, many who have participated in D.E.A.R. at school. Their interest in and enthusiasm for this special reading activity inspired Mrs. Cleary to give the same experience to Ramona Quimby, who gets to enjoy D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class in
Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

So there you have it! Today, take a break from all the other things going on in your life and read a book!

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