On April 12, D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read) is observed on Beverly Cleary’s birthday. The day is sponsored by multiple organizations including HarperCollins Children’s Books with the National Education Association, the National PTA, and these division of the American Library Association: American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Public Library Association (PLA) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). DEAR Day received its annual date because when Beverly Cleary’s own children were young, they participated in DEAR at school. It inspired Mrs. Cleary to add the quiet reading practice to Ramona Quimby’s school experience in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) by Beverly Cleary

Book Title: Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1)

Book Author: Beverly Cleary

ISBN Number: 0192750968

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