Wednesday, 11 April 2012

It's 12th Of April - Drop Everything And Read

Posted by Muhammed Khan on 20:19 1 comments

Recently just experienced a benefit of signing up to different websites' emails newsletters. While I was checking my emails, I saw an email from Harper Collins (a book publishing company), about a promotion of a day they call D.E.A.R which actually stands for Drop Everything And Read.

The name elaborates itself and sounded interesting and more interesting was to know that the world actually celebrates a day dedicated to book reading. But to a very little extent, this excitement eroded when I came to know that it's more of an American national day rather than being international.

But who cares, as far as something is useful and healthy? It's good that more and more celebrate these kind of days. Therefore I'd share some information of this day with my readers who, like me, happen to have no or very little knowledge about this day. Of course to spread something good.

"National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis as a family priority." 
Initiated by Beverly Cleary, the famous children's book author, it all started when she celebrated the same day in her famous book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Ramona's Class where she included a passage about this DEAR day when Ramona Quimby (a character in the book) starts receiving
numerous letters from readers who mentioned the great reading program they were doing in class.

Beverly Cleary - DEAR - Drop Everything And Read
Beverly Cleary - Image From

Though started on fictitious grounds, the day has started to gain some popularity and many institutes have started to support it as well. Some of the institutes which officially support the day are:

  • The National Education Association (NEA)
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA) 
  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 
  • A division of the American Library Association (ALA) 
  • Reading Rockets The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) 
  • The Newspaper Association of America Foundation(NAA) 
  • First Book
  • HarperCollins Children’s Books.
The main reason Drop Everything And Read day is celebrated on April 12th is because its Beverly Clearly's birthday on this day.

Of course being a day allotted to some thing doesn't mean that it should be done only on that day. Therefore, don't just limit your reading habit to this day only.

Looking at the support of this day, it seems that some day it'd be celebrated in the entire world. Its only a matter of time.

 For more information about D.E.A.R visit Drop Everything And Read's official website.