D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read“. This is a month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. With declining literacy among children and adults, it is now more important than ever for reading to be encouraged and cherished as a worthy past time.
D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. 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. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate!
Can D.E.A.R. be celebrated anytime?
Every day should be “Drop Everything and Read”! The goal of the program is to prompt people to make reading a regular part of their routine . . . whether they’re reading solo or together with their classmates, parents, or friends. So, go ahead and join the millions of families, schools, bookstores, and communities who have participated throughout the years and pledge to “drop” what you’re doing in order to read a good book.
What materials are available for D.E.A.R.?
On the Drop Everything and Read website, one can find common core-aligned downloadables, digital assets, activity ideas, reading lists, and more to help you plan, promote, and host your own “Drop Everything and Read” celebration. Don’t forget; the goal is to have fun while promoting reading among the community!
How can I participate?
As an organization, library, school, or bookstore, you can participate by hosting a “Drop Everything and Read” event at your location (or elsewhere) during the month of April. As an individual, you can participate by attending an event in your community or by reading at home with your children, siblings, or friends. As an author, you can let people know about the D.E.A.R. and share your books on any of the many events that are scheduled for April.
As for me, I am participating on April 12th in an Fantasy and Science Fiction Network (FSFNet)-sponsored event with two books of my Pearseus: Rise of the Prince (book 1) and The Power of Six: Six (plus one) Science Fiction Short Stories, the price of which has been lowered to just 99c for the entire month of April for the occasion. To find out more about the event, visit the FSFNet DEAR sale page!
And of course, you can still read my children’s book, Runaway Smile, online for free!
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Celebrate reading with children for the month of April, and for a lifetime! Nicholas writes, “As an individual, you can participate by attending an event in your community or by reading at home with your children, siblings, or friends.
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What a great way to celebrate READING! 😉 <3
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Good piece, Nicholas. People need to get reading again, especially those who write or are interested in it. As Stephen King has said, “If you don’t read, you can’t write.” Children need to develop the reading habit early. Well done. 🙂
I merely shared the initiative, but thanks. 🙂 And yes, I couldn’t agree more: people do need to get reading!
I, too, believe so! Let’s hope it takes off 🙂
Happy Easter to my Greek friends! Read Runaway Smile. I know you’ll all love it, like my family do.
That is so kind of you; thank you!! 😀
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Drop Everything and Read DEAR.
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I love this program.
Me too! 🙂
My sons school have been doing this all year… he loves reading, so is delighted when it happens in the middle of maths or science class, less so when hes doing PE!
Lol – fair enough. I’d be the other way around, but I was always the bookish one 😀
He’s bookish AND sporty! And musical. And doesnt realise how cool he is!
Great idea! Thanks for sharing, Nicholas!! Have a great week!
A pleasure. You too! 🙂
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D.E.A.R. means Drop Everything and Read, and the best way to get your children to read is to read along with them.
I think so. Let’s hope it takes off 🙂
Yes, it is. Let’s hope it takes off 🙂
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How wonderful if every day could be a DEAR day. There’s nothing more intoxicating and magical than a journey through a great book. As George R.R. Martin said: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.”
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Let’s Drop Everything And Read!
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I’d not heard of this programme before, but it sounds like a great idea to me 😀
When I was teaching I knew teachers who did DEAR for about 20 min. every day. I always did SQUIRT — Super Quiet Uninterrupted Individual Reading Time. I never realized there was a whole month-long program. What a great idea!
Thanks and welcome! Let’s hope it takes off 🙂
Fantastic idea to get people reading again.
Let’s hope it succeeds 🙂
When I was homeschooling my children, we regularly had DEAR days. We all looked forward to them.
That is so great! You obviously did a great job with their teaching 🙂
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Great concept via Nicholas Rossis – designed to get all of us at every age reading..
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Here’s a great event that should be celebrated every day of the year!
Awesome program! Even at a very young age (19 months) I buy my granddaughter a new book for every visit, and I plan to continue this tradition throughout her precious life — whether she likes it or not. Ha!
She has her copy of Runaway Smile. Do your kids/nieces/nephews/grandchild/neighbor’s child have theirs? Psst… I even got the author to personalize it to make us — me and the hubby — look like heroes.
Runaway Smile is our favorite book to read with our grandchildren. My younger grandchildren read it at least once every fortnight.
That is so cute; thank you!!! 😀
Lol – I’ve already given away a box to nieces/neighbors etc (each box contains 70 copies) 😀
Thank you so much for including Smile in this wonderful tradition 🙂
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