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Celebrate D.E.A.R. day on April 12

Categories: Books, Authors, & Movies, Education & Teaching, Teacher Best Practices

by Terrie Noland, CALP, Vice President of Educator Initiatives

D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read.

On April 12, the birthday of beloved Newbery Medal-winning author, Beverly Cleary, educators across the nation are encouraged to let their students drop everything they're doing and read what they want to celebrate "Drop Everything and Read" Day. 

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 bookThe concept of "Drop Everything and Read" is referenced in the second chapter of Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (MM357), and Ramona is the official campaign spokesperson.

Free D.E.A.R. materials are available from HarperCollins Children's Books. You can find additional materials at Reading Rockets.

The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution offers thousands of age-appropriate titles for your students will love to read. We've even assembled a Great Starts list of some of our most popular. They can access these audiobooks and many more, at home or in the classroom, making it easy to celebrate D.E.A.R Day on April 12th or any day! 

Log in to give your students access to our extensive library of audiobooks so they can be ready to Drop Everything and Read! Share your activities and learn from others using #SpringIntoReading and tagging @Learning_Ally. 

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