The Fantasy Sci-Fi Network will be celebrating.“Drop Everything and Read Day.” It is designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really? Much has been written in recent years about declining literacy, so let us do our bit to promote reading.
D.E.A.R. programs are held on April 12th in honour of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41). Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate!
We encourage you to “Drop Everything and Read” every day throughout the year. The goal of the program is to prompt people to make reading a regular part of their routine . . . whether they’re reading solo or together with their classmates, parents, or friends. So, go ahead and join the millions of families, schools, bookstores, and communities who have participated throughout the years and pledge to “drop” what you’re doing in order to read a good book.
As an organization, library, school, or bookstore, you can participate by hosting a “Drop Everything and Read” event at your location (or elsewhere) during the month of April. As an individual, you can participate by attending an event in your community or by reading at home with your children, siblings, or friends.
You can find loads of great D.E.A.R. resources on the D.E.A.R. website:
The Fantasy Sci-Fi Network, of which I am an admin, is having an online author event, as well as books on sale and a Rafflecopter with many great prizes to be won.
Awesome fantasy, sci-fi and steampunk authors will be hosting
in timeslots throughout the day.
Here is the link to the Rafflecopter.
There are Amazon gift cards, paperbacks and ebooks up for grabs.
You will be able to enter the competitions on the 12th of April.