What is DEAR Reading?
DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read. Many schools have a DEAR reading schedule when students and teachers all read a book of their choice.
When is DEAR Reading?
Officially, DEAR reading day is April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary's birthday. She first wrote about DEAR in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41). The DEAR idea is so popular that many readers, teachers, and librarians like to celebrate it all month long.
Our school has DEAR reading every day all year long. We read 20 minutes a day thanks to our fabulous librarian Mrs. Reader Pants.
The following organizations sponsor DEAR day. Harper Collins and Reading Rockets have great resources for you to use to promote and share DEAR reading in your home, school, library or organization:
- HarperCollins Children's Books
- Reading Rockets
- National Education Association (NEA)
- National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association
- General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)
- Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAA)
- First Book
- Read Kiddo Read
- Walden Media