Monday, April 11, 2011

D.E.A.R. Day is April 12th! Time to Celebrate with Beverly Cleary!


      If you would like to highlight your daily love of reading in your class in another special way, Drop Everything and Read Day will occur on April 12th! You can check out the official D.E.A.R. website and learn more about the program's featured author, Beverly Cleary. This particular day also marks author Beverly Cleary's 95th birthday! Wow! What a prolific life she has led.  I have a DVD from the D.E.A.R. program that is available for anyone to borrow. On it, author Beverly Clearly is interviewed. You can also check out interview Q & A on the Beverly Cleary page on the official D.E.A.R. website.

      Reading Rockets, one of my favorite sites that supports literacy in the school and home, features a page on D.E.A.R. and Beverly Cleary. Also available from HarperCollins Children's Books is an excerpt from the book Ramona and Beezus, which was the inspiration for a great movie version that came out last summer.


      Despite being officially retired from writing, Beverly Cleary has a wonderful author website. A cute ultimate fan quiz for kids that takes you right to Ramona's world on Klickitat Street. :) Teachers can find some resources on the educator page of Cleary's site. Excerpts from a print interview and World of Ramona guide can be referred to while sharing parts from one of her Ramona chapter books. For older students,The Girl from Yamhill is a memoir from her childhood, and On My Own Two Feet chronicles her days from college to when she had her first book published entitled Henry Huggins.

     This video clip is from an interview done from before the movie version of Ramona and Beezus came out last year. Enjoy reconnecting with the classic Ramona series and all of Cleary's books!

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