Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!
The author of the beloved Ramona Quimby books turns 101 years old today. A hundred and one! I’m sure she had no idea when she wrote Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that she would start a literary revolution.
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. In the book, Ramona’s teacher introduces the children in her class to D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read). It could have been “Sustained Silent Reading,” but how much more fun is it with a title like that? I love clever teachers (and writers) who know how to engage their students and make learning an adventure.
Drop Everything and Read has become “a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.” (Drop Everything and Read)
Did you know that reading helps improve the world? Or your ability to concentrate? That it builds self-esteem? You can read more about the good effects of reading here: “10 Reasons to Read.”
You can find all kinds of great D.E.A.R. resources on the D.E.A.R. website: http://www.dropeverythingandread.com/resources.html
My friends over at the Fantasy and Science-Fiction Network are dedicated to helping you and your friends spread the word about literacy. Join us on the website or in the special event we’re holding on Facebook where you’ll be able to chat with authors, collect free or discounted books, and enter contests. You can find us here all day: FSFNet Facebook Event
You can participate by attending an event in your community, hosting one, or by reading at home with your children, siblings, or friends.