National "Drop Everything and Read" Day April 12

National "Drop everything and Read" Day, or D.E.A.R. Day, is April 12 every year. It is a day to celebrate the birthday of Beverly Cleary, a children's author. It also helps encourage people of all ages to start reading more. Many people don't realize how great reading can be once you've given it a try. Most reluctant readers think of reading as boring or pointless. That is not true. Even in fictional stories, there are usually many life lessons that can be learned without anyone even realizing it.

D.E.A.R. Day can be celebrated in many ways, both at home, or in the classroom. Parents can turn off electrical devices, such as the TV, cell phones, and the Internet, and have everyone read instead. Many teachers celebrate by having a read-a-thon during class. Instead of doing classwork, the students spend the school day reading. Kids tend to be reluctant to read, but D.E.A.R Day provides a way for kids to find how fun and enjoyable reading really is.

Another great way for teachers to encourage kids to read more is to offer prizes for either how long they spend reading each night or how many books they read during a designated time. For instance, hand out bookmark or pencils to every student who spends twenty minutes reading at home each night. At first, the kids will be reading just to get the prizes, but they will eventually find out how great reading can be.

Below are some promotional items that can be used by your school, library, or organization to encourage people to celebrate National D.E.A.R. Day.

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