National Drop Everything and Read Day is a celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.
Every year on April 12th — the birthday of author Beverly Cleary — is the official event date. The program’s official spokesperson is Cleary's character Ramona Quimby.
Your library can host Drop Everything and Read events on April 12th:
- use the info on the Resources page to get ideas
- get inspired ideas for displays, activities, and events
- create a display of Beverly Cleary's books to commemorate her birthday
Sponsors of National D.E.A.R. Day include The National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.