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June 1, 2016

It’s D.E.A.R. Day!

Today is Beverly Cleary’s 99th birthday! It is also D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day.

You might remember D.E.A.R. Day from celebrating it in your own classroom or from reading books about Ramona Quimby. But if you don’t, I’m sure you’re 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.

We hope you’ll have some D.E.A.R. Time today. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments!



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