Drop Everything and Read


Who doesn’t remember Ramona the Pest with affection? Ramona Quimby, the 8-year-old terror of the playground and nemesis of her sister, Beezus, and Beezus’ friend Henry, is the official spokesperson for Drop Everything and Read Day. Celebrated on April 12, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) is intended to remind us of the delights of uninterrupted time in the company of a good book—like, say, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, for example. Celebrated annually on children’s author Beverly Cleary’s birthday—this year marks her 90th—DEAR is marked in schools and libraries across the country. But why should kids have all the fun? Take some time on Wednesday to crack open an old favorite or delve into that book that’s been gathering dust and remember how much fun it is to disappear into the pages.