Today is Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.)!
Why was April 12th chosen for this honor? It is because Beverly Cleary, possibly the most beloved writer in America, was born on April 12, 1916.
Beverly Cleary turns 99 years old today!
Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. She was inspired by some schools celebrating reading during the month of April. Since she wrote about it in that book, it has become a nationwide movement to celebrate it on her birthday.
Here she is in 2006 when she was a mere 90 years old!
Even though today is the official day, the celebration is meant to last for the entire month of April.
Now we can have an excuse to not clean the house, not go to the mall, and not watch television.
We can read!
You can read more about it here.