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Drop Everything and Read!

Drop Everything and Read!

Drop Everything and Read!

April 12th is a national day of celebration, designed to remind families to include reading as a priority in their lives. Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) has been embraced by libraries, schools, and families. Everyone is encouraged to set aside (or drop) all other distractions and dedicate 30 minutes to reading.

The date was chosen because it’s the birthday of author Beverly Cleary, who has written such favorites as Henry Huggins, the precocious kindergartner Ramona, and a motorcycle-riding mouse! Mrs. Cleary published her first book nearly 70 years ago and is known for writing relatable stories of children’s everyday lives.

You don’t have to limit your D.E.A.R. activities to just one day. Celebrate reading often in ways that will help your children learn to value the ability to read and the magic of books.


Family Read Aloud

Have your children take turns reading aloud with you and/or siblings. Reading aloud can help them to sound out words and gain confidence in their reading.



Keeping a journal can be a wonderful way for children to focus their thoughts, learn to think about how they are feeling, and to reflect on what they’ve read. Let your child choose their own journal, crayons, colored pencils, or pens and some stickers to decorate it. Encourage them to write each day, even if it’s only the date and one word that sums up how they feel that day or a word or drawing that will remind them of something special that happened.


Retell Stories

The ability to retell a story after reading it (or having it read to them) is a great exercise for children because it teaches them reading comprehension. It can also aid them in future public speaking experiences, and teach them confidence to use their own voices. If we listen, and encourage them, we can help them to grow and to exercise their memories and imaginations.


Drop Everything!

Drop Everything and Read isn’t usually taken literally, but it could be! If you have little ones who are practicing their reading skills, make a game of reading. Gather collections of soft (non-breakable) items. Create an obstacle course for your children, having them carry items from one spot to another, just to “drop everything and read!”. Leave little notes, open books, or sight words near the spot that you have them drop their items.

To make it even more challenging, you could hide the words / notes near where you want them to drop everything and have them search for the things to read!


Looking for books to love? Check out this selection!

Soupy Saturdays With the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Henry Huggins  by Beverly Cleary

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

The Mouse and the Motorcycle  by Beverly Cleary

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes               

Toys Go Out  by Emily Jenkins

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Stuart Little by E.B. White




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