STOP… In the name of books!
Drop Everything And Read!!!
Today is D.E.A.R. Day (drop everything and read day), “a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.”
You don’t have to join a large group or have a fancy get-together to celebrate. Just take a little time out of your day, find a comfortable spot and read. Read to yourself, out-loud to your children, at a nursing home, or even at a local school. And don’t stop with today, or the month of April, make reading a priority.
D.E.A.R. is also celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday April 12, after writing about it in one of her stories about Ramona Quimby.
My favorite Beverly Cleary books are ‘Ramona the Brave,’ and ‘Beezus and Ramona.” What are your favorite Beverly Cleary Books?
If you need help choosing a book to read visit your local library, they are sure to have a great selection and lots of suggestions!
In July, ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ and I hit the road for a Summer Tour. I read at several Girls and Boys Clubs, book stores, libraries, and summer programs.
I had the opportunity to read my book, answer tons of questions, take pictures, sign copies, and laughed a lot! Meeting and sharing with young people was the icing on the cake. One handsome little boy told me I was his favorite author. That lead to everyone else in the group repeating the same sentiment. And I enjoyed every minute.
Check out the pictures from the tour on LaRich Media’s Facebook page.
Now that summer is over, I’m preparing for upcoming school visits. I’m looking forward to taking ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ into classrooms and sharing this adventure. A few events and book signings are also in the works. I’ll be sure to share.
This summer I completed the story for my next book. Soon my illustrator and I will get to work! I am looking forward to sharing more about this project in the near future. My grandson sparked the inspiration for this next book.
Here’s to bear hunts and great adventures!