Monday, April 12, 2010

Today is D.E.A.R Day!

Today is D.E.A.R. Day!  I didn't know what that meant either, until I checked out the website.  D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything And Read"  What a great idea!

I've always loved books, and was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of books and book-lovers. My love of books has carried down to my children, and they all love a trip to the library or local bookstore. We read quite a bit in this house, and I love the idea of encouraging reading in every house! (Watch for my update later this week on the boys' reading fundraiser. They did amazing.)

The recommendation is to drop everything and read for 30 minutes. Maybe we'll make today a day of read-alouds and let everyone read aloud for 30 minutes. In addition to the books everyone is reading on their own, we also have 2 different read-alouds going at the moment (Lightning Thief and Mossflower)

Today is also Beverly Cleary's birthday. I grew up reading her books, and my boys thoroughly enjoy the Ralph S.Mouse and Henry Huggins' adventures.  Did you know a Ramona movie is coming to theaters sometime this year?

Will you celebrate reading today?

2 comments:

  1. Right now, I'm reading "Man with Farm Seeks Woman with Tractor: The Best and Worst Personal Ads of All Time" by Laura Schaefer. If I finish it today, and it is a very small book, I will move on to her book, "The Teashop Girls". Sure, that one is young readers' fiction, but I just finished Erskine Caldwell's "Tobacco Road" and really needed to move on to something lighter. Today, I also requested "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" from the library. I am 540th on the list and there are 53 copies. That book was just picked for the University of Wisconsin's Go Big Read Program for 2010-11.

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  2. This is going to become my favorite day of the year! :) :)

    I LOVE the "Lightening Thief". The whole series actually - isn't Rick Riordan amazing? We did the first two as read alouds a couple of years back, I think it may be time to do them again.

    Right now we are reading the first "Harry Potter" book aloud - it will be our third time reading it aloud, but my 7yo is just now of an age that she's really getting in to it, so it has been so fun reading it again! And somehow the older two love it no matter how many times we read it! [My oldest has read it herself about 3 times too... LOL!]. I am always in awe of how excellent JK Rowling's writing is, just how very entertaining!

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