D.E.A.R. is an educational acronym that stands for Drop Everything and Read. It’s much frothier than the dated S.S.R. – Silent Sustained Reading, which sounds a bit torturous to even the most avid reader.
This week I will be celebrating Nashville D.E.A.R. Day at Rose Park Magnet School where we will honor books, authors, and reading in general. April 12th is the official National D.E.A.R Day. It is the birthday of the beloved author Beverly Cleary who created one of my all-time favorite childhood characters – Ramona Quimby. On National D.E.A.R. Day, families are encouraged to read together while promoting books as an integral part of daily life.
So how will you be celebrating D.E.A.R. Day? Fun activities to do with family, friends, or an impassioned book club include making bookmarks, reading favorite passages, and acting out scenes. Character charades, anyone? While April 12th is official D.E.A.R. day, every day is a great day to Drop Everything and Read! So – drop those agonizing bills, turn off that vapid reality TV show, and get your read on!