April 12th is D.E.A.R. Day— DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read. National DEAR Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. On this day, families are encouraged to take at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together. When is National DEAR Day? Every April 12th. HarperCollins Children’s Books is marking the 90th birthday of beloved author Beverly Cleary as the official event date. Why is National DEAR Day celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday? When Beverly Cleary’s own children were young, they participated in DEAR at school. Their interest and enthusiasm for this special reading activity inspired Mrs. Cleary to give the same experience to Ramona Quimby, who gets to enjoy DEAR time with the rest of her class in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. How Can I Participate? Many schools, libraries, bookstores and other organizations around the country, and world, are being host virtual Drop Everything and Read events, and programs, on April 12. You can attend an event in your community or participate right in the comforts of your own home by reading for 30 minutes! Want more Black Children’s Literature? Your Favorite Librarian has a few titles to assist with your next story time. Check out this collection of great Black Children’s Literature.
Continue to read, there is something for you.