Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12: National Drop Everything and Read Day!

Happy 95th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Different covers...same story!

 In class, we started reading one of Beverly Cleary's books called Ramona Quimby, Age 8 . In chapter two, Ramona's teacher, Mrs. Whaley,  introduces D.E.A.R time to her third graders. During this daily thirty minute period, students are allowed to read anything they like. 

To honor Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12 is officially called National 

Drop Everything And Read 

Throughout the day in Mrs. Ranney's class, students will be dropping everything and reading. Many students are bringing special books to read during our D.E.A.R. time!

Here is an interview of the incredible Mrs. Cleary. She explains how she became a writer and where she gets ideas about her characters. 

Here is a trivia game about Ramona and her friends on Klickitat Street!

Which books have you read by Beverly Cleary? Please share a favorite part!

Who is your favorite character and why? 

Please share some facts you learned about Beverly Cleary from the hyperlinks!


  1. Ariel (in Mr. Avery's class)April 13, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Dear Mrs R♥nney 's class,

    It's very cool that you know what day Beverly Clearly's b-day.
    I had no idea. It's to late yesterday I watched TV:( sorry. I need to start reading more. I'm reading the Harry Potter series I'm on the 5th book. The books are very long. I'm also reading the Percy Jackson series . I'm only one like the first book 3rd chapter I just started yesterday.

    I hope you have a fun time celebrate Beverly Clearly's b-day.

    Best wishes,
    ♥riel ( in Mr. & hearts;very's cl♥ss)

  2. Mikayla's MomApril 13, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    My two favorite authors when I was in elementary school were Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. I have read every single book by Beverly Cleary. I suppose if I had to choose a favorite book, I would select "Ramona the Pest." Since I was the youngest in my family and the youngest of all my cousins, I could relate to Ramona's feelings. To this day, when I see a Beverly Cleary book, I have a warm feeling remembering myself as a little girl staying up late reading under the covers to finish one of her books. She started my lifetime love of books.

    Happy Birthday to an author that changed millions of young readers lives!

    Warm Regards,
    Mikayla's Mom

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I haven't read any of her book yet but I hope to read some soon. I plan on reading some Beverly Cleary books after spring break.

    Ramona sounds like a great character because she is hard working and has courage.

    I learned that Beverly Cleary was a librarian and an author. Additionally, my mom read some of her books when she was a child including Ramona the Pest .

    All the best,

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I loved Drop Everything And Read Day!
    It was really fun!

    My favorite book is 10 Minutes Till Bed Time. My second favorite book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    ! What is yours?

    Yours Truly,

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    I had an awesome time reading on Drop Everything and Read Day.
    When it was time to read, I read the bookPinky and Rex Go To Camp.It was a funny book about two friends going to camp together, and they both were scared about going.
    It was great reading.

    Raelynn ♥

  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I think that Beverly Cleary is such an amazing person! Her books are so hilarious, as she has such a creative imagination! In the book that we are reading in class, Ramona Quimby Age 8 there are some really funny parts that all of the class laughed at.
    Do you wonder how she thought of the idea D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read)?

    One thing that I liked doing in class on Beverly Cleary’s birthday was:

    When you told us to Drop Everything and Read plenty of times on Beverly Cleary’s 95th birthday.

    I hope that Beverly Cleary keeps writing her extraordinary books, and to keep up the great work!

    Warmest Regards,

  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I absolutely LOVED reading the book Ramona Quimby Age 8! My favorite part of the book was the last chapter.

    I think that Beverly Cleary is such clever person to make such amazing books.

    All of the books that I have read by her are all so fascinating. I hope that everyone else will love all of her books!

    Warm Regards,

  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    I really enjoyed dropping everything and reading. Last year, I remember we had one day that we read for the entire day. If we read all day just like we did last year, I would bring in many more books. Today I am still reading The Snow Spider. I will tell you when I'm finished with it. There are a few scary scenes, that make it difficult for me to read at night. See you tomorrow!

    Your Student,


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