Drop Everything and Read

D.E.A.R. means Drop Everything and Read, and the best way to get your children to read is to read along with them.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Oh D.E.A.R.!

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksD.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read“. This is a month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. With declining literacy among children and adults, it is now more important than ever for reading to be encouraged and cherished as a worthy past time.

D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate!

Can D.E.A.R. be celebrated anytime?


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18 thoughts on “Drop Everything and Read

  1. This is obviously a very popular post. I have already read it on two other blogs! 🙂 It’s nice to see it hear on yours though. It’s an important message to share. D.E.A.R. was one of my favourite times of the teaching day. I wasn’t aware of its connection to Ramona though.

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            1. I did! Plus put it everywhere else on the net! Thanks for letting us know. I hadn’t heard of it before. Despite being a teacher for 20 years.
              Oh, and what is the connection to Ramona? Is that Ramona, CA?
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            2. Ramona Quimby is a character in Beverly Cleary’s books by the same name. She is an 8 year old little girl. Very popular series for younger readers.


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