It’s exactly what it sounds like it is… a time in the school day to “drop everything and read.” In Beverly Cleary’s honor, D.E.A.R. Day is celebrated annually on her birthday,  April 12th.

At the Read-Aloud Revival, we like to do the day up right. 😉

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Beverly Cleary, the  beloved award-winning author of some of the world’s favorite children books, first wrote about D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. 

We’ve made you a little something that will help you celebrate D.E.A.R. Day at home. It’s a collection of the best ideas to help you celebrate D.E.A.R. with us on April 12th.

From the simplest celebrations to more elaborate affairs, you’ll find ideas both big and small in this handy little guide.

Here’s how to celebrate D.E.A.R. day on April 12th:

1.) Download the FREE D.E.A.R. Whole Family Book Club Kit.

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2.) Choose a few things from the kit to do in your home.

This can be as simple as having graham crackers and apple juice for a snack (Ramona would approve, but only to a point!), or as elaborate as inviting your friends over for a full-on party.

In the kit, you’ll find ideas that are super simple, and also those that are more elaborate. Pick what fits your family and your schedule.

3.)  Drop Everything and Read with us on April 12th.  

Take pictures of your kids and post them on Facebook or Instagram with both of the hashtags #RARdear. We’ll plaster the social media world with our reading kids’ posts on D.E.A.R. Day!

4.) Check out our photos from the Beverly Cleary Walking Tour.

Our very own Kortney Garrison took pictures of the real tour so that you could take part virtually, even if you live nowhere near Portland Oregon! Click here to see the tour.


Inside the FREE D.E.A.R. Whole Family Book Club Kit, you’ll find:

  • D.E.A.R. color with logoWays to celebrate D.E.A.R. day, from super simple to more elaborate
  • Dinnertime conversation starters
  • Snack and food ideas
  • An exclusive Read-Aloud Revival D.E.A.R. Coloring page
  • Creative narration ideas (because D.E.A.R. Day totally counts as “school”, even if it’s all you do!)
  • Related reading for your Cleary-loving kids

Our hope is that this Whole Family Book Club kit will bring your entire family together around worldwide D.E.A.R. Day and the wonderful work of Beverly Cleary.

We hope you’ll make discoveries about each other and the world around you, and that the memories formed while doing so will last a lifetime.

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We can’t wait to Drop Everything and Read with you on April 12th!

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