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National Drop Everything and Read Day

What is National D.E.A.R. Day?
D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.

Can I celebrate D.E.A.R. Day on another date?
Yes, of course. Every day is a great day to Drop Everything and Read! The goal is to make reading a regular part of your routine. So, go ahead and read today, tomorrow, and every day!

Who is leading the National D.E.A.R. Day Celebration? The National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAA); First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and Ramona Quimby.

More about the partners

When is National D.E.A.R. Day?
The birthday of beloved author Beverly Cleary is the official event date, April 12th. Ramona Quimby, the program’s official spokesperson, is responsible for spreading the word and the love of reading.

Why is National D.E.A.R. Day celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday?
Beverly Cleary receives thousands of letters a year from young readers, many who have participated in D.E.A.R. at school. Their interest in and enthusiasm for this special reading activity inspired Mrs. Cleary to give the same experience to Ramona Quimby, who gets to enjoy D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class in Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

How can I participate?
Schools, libraries, bookstores and other organizations are being asked to host Drop Everything and Read events on April 12th. You can attend an event in your community or participate right in your own home by reading for 30 minutes!

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The top 25 book group discussion books of 2010, based on reports by book clubs, according to ReadingGroupGuides.com.

I highlighted the titles I’ve read in a lovely shade of maroon:

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

4. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

6. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

8. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

9. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

10. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

12. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

14. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

14. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

16. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin

17. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

18. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

19. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

19. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

22. South of Broad by Pat Conroy

23. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

25. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

“The Help has been a mainstay on many bestseller lists for over a year now, and its appeal made it a must-read for book groups even in hardcover,” Carol Fitzgerald, president of TheBookReportNetwork.com, commented. “Also, it was nice to see To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 on the list. We are certain that this was a re-read for many of the members of reporting book groups.”