Celebrate “Drop Everything and Read” with Beverly Cleary

Dear Day

What is D.E.A.R.?

D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

Can D.E.A.R. be celebrated anytime?

Yes, of course! We encourage you to "Drop Everything and Read" every day throughout the year. 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.

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.