DEAR Day: Drop Everything & Read

What is DEAR Day you ask? Well, to get started, it’s actually D.E.A.R. Day. Drop Everything And Read! Annnnd, it’s on April 12th, Beverly Cleary’s birthday. So drop what you’re doing and READ!

How did DEAR Day get started?

Harper Collins was inspired by Cleary’s book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Because of Cleary’s reference in her book, they started DEAR Day:

Our assertion around here is that reading, whether you’re on your own or cozied up on the couch with your kids, is so much more fun and rewarding than just about anything else (especially, chores!). So, we’re telling folks of all ages to “drop” what they’re doing and pick up a book, instead.

How to Participate:

You can follow along and share your love of reading online using the DEAR Day hashtag, #DEARDay. Several bloggers and online entities are talking about why they support DEAR Day and their childhood reading memories. We love hearing childhood memories of books and reading. If you do, too, then be sure to look them up.

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley shares her story of when she stayed at her aunt’s house while her parents were out of town:

Nerf guns and army games weren’t really my thing and so my aunt, knowing this, was prepared. Upon our arrival, she presented me with Beverly Cleary’s entire Ramona Quimby collection. I read them all and, when I had finished, I read them all again. It was the best reading week!

Be sure to check out Curley’s story and tips to make D.E.A.R. part of your every day schedule on Geek Dad.

The last way we recommend participating is the most obvious. Read today! If your on the lookout for some fantastic kid lit books, don’t miss our recommended books for spring!

And, of course, share your childhood reading memories in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!

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