Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 12: National Drop Everything and Read Day!

Happy 96th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Different covers...same story!

 In class, we are about to start 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 


Since Mrs. Ranney's class is on spring break, we will honor this special day when vacation is over. Mrs. Ranney hopes that all her students Drop Everything And Read sometime on April 12th!

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. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Today, I dropped everything and read three chapters of "My Life As A Book." The main character, Derek, is a lot like me. He lives in L.A., he likes skateboarding, his dad is a storyboard artist for movies, he likes to draw and he loves summer vacation. I am really enjoying this book!


  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I am very excited to read Ramona Quimby Age 8. I have read many of Beverly Cleary's books and even saw the movie Ramona and Beezus!

    One of my favorite books is Ramona and the Wedding. My favorite part is when Ramona finds out that her aunt is going to marry her friend Howie's uncle, whom she doesn't approve.

    I absolutely love Ramona. She reminds me of my mischievous little sister. When I saw the movie for the first time I cracked up when Ramona squeezed the bottle of toothpaste in the sink when she was mad.

    Hope you enjoyed my comment!

    Best Wishes,
    Bella :)

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here is a little information about how Beverly Cleary started to like books:
    Beverly Cleary was born in Mcminnville, Oregon. Until she was old enough to enter school she lived on a farm called Yamill. Yamill was so small, it had no libraries. Beverly's mother arranged with the State Librarians to put a library next to a bank. Beverly then learned to love books. I admire Beverly for her encouragement of getting the first library built in her village for her and for the community to enjoy reading books.

    Sincerely ,
    Adar &heart

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I have read every Ramona book about twice. The first Beverly Cleary book I read was indeed Ramona Quimby, Age 8. It is a very good book and I will enjoy reading it again. When our class reads it again, I will have reread the book four times.

    My favorite character would be Beezus because I want a older sister, but I have a brother. After I read Ramona and Beezus, I saw how hard it would be to have an older sister.

    I learned that Beverly Cleary's birthday is April 12.

    I did not know that April 12 was DEAR day but I finished a 391 paged book.

    I can't wait to celebrate DEAR day after spring break!



  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    My favorite book by Beverly Clearly is the series of Ramona and Beezus. My favorite character is Ramona because she is just like me when I was little.


  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    My favorite book that Beverly Clearly wrote is the funny Ramona Quimby Age 8. My favorite part was when the two mischievous boys tossed her eraser around.


  7. Dear Class,
    I have been reading a book by Beverly Cleary called
    Runaway Ralph.
    I didn't know how old she was or about Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR).
    It is amazing how old she is and is still alive!

    Your Classmate,


  8. Dear Mrs Ranney And Class,

    As I was reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8. I was wondering what D.E.A.R. meant. I learned it means, "Drop Everything And Read!" That made me very happy.

    Your Classmate, Jace C.

  9. Dear Class,

    Beverly Cleary is a wonderful author who writes amazing books. My favorite part of Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is when they play dress up.



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