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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, National Director of Educator Engagement

D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. It’s a designated time that students can drop everything they are doing and read what they want!

On April 12, the birthday of beloved Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, the nation celebrates "Drop Everything and Read" Day.

TRamona Quimby, Age 8 bookhe concept of "Drop Everything and Read" is referenced in the second chapter of Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (MM357), and Ramona is the campaign spokesperson.

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

Use the Learning Ally Great Starts human-read audiobooks to encourage your students to participate in your D.E.A.R. day, whether you celebrate on April 12th or several times over the next several months. You can make any day your D.E.A.R. day!

Log in to set up your students with lots of books so they are ready to Drop Everything And Read! Share your activities and learn from others using #springreadingfever and tagging @Learning_Ally. 


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Learning Ally is a cost-effective solution to help your students who read below grade level boost their vocabulary, comprehension and test scores. Our extensive library of human-read audiobooks includes core content, is easy to set up, and fits into your existing curriculum.

Learn how you can transform the lives of your struggling readers. Call 800-221-1098 or email programs@LearningAlly.org