“Drop Everything and Read” Resources

Use our digital assets and downloadables to help spread the love of reading in your home, school, or community all month long in April and beyond!

D.E.A.R. Activity Sheets
Here are several common core-aligned activity sheets for classroom use.

A Character Poem
Select your favorite character from Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and write a character poem.

Sizing Up a Book
Learn to predict the ideas and themes you will encounter in Henry Huggins.

What Makes a Good Friendship?
Ask students to write about what makes a good friendship.

Creative writing with Muggie Maggie
Have students write a bio poem about Maggie Schultz.

Storytelling with Socks
Learn to create a story about Socks’ new adventures at home.

A Happy Quimby Family
Write an opinion piece about “what makes a happy family” with supporting evidence.

Growing Up . . . Ramona-Style
Have students assume the voice of Ramona to write “big sister advice” to Roberta.

Keeping a Journal
Here are some tips to get students started on keeping a journal.

Who is Ramona Quimby?
Ask students to write a character analysis on Ramona.

Reading for Comparison
Have students read two books from the Ramona series and then compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots.

Retell a Story
Using a scene from a Ramona book, students should create a picture-book retelling.

Choosing Just the Right Book
Here’s a great questionnaire to help young children select the right book on their next trip to the library.

Drop Everything and Read
Make a top ten list of things you would drop everything for. And, then find a book based on that theme!

Building Trust
Students examine the specific events that led Ralph and Keith to trust each other in The Mouse and the Motorcycle, focusing on the emotions each character experienced through the process.

Problem Solving
Henry is a resourceful boy. Pick two problems that Henry faces in Henry Huggins and analyze how he solves them.

From a New Point of View
Pick a scene from Henry and Ribsy, then re-write it from Ribsy's perspective!

D.E.A.R. Digital Assets
Download the digital assets provided here to help you host an exceptional “Drop Everything and Read” event.

D.E.A.R. Poster
Make color copies of this very special poster for you your classroom, library, or local bookstore.

The Wonderful World of Beverly Cleary Reading Checklist
Track your D.E.A.R. reading progress all month long! Detach the reading list and check off each box next to the book when you finish it.

D.E.A.R. Flyer
Make color copies of this flyer and post them in your classroom, library, or local bookstore.

D.E.A.R. Invitation
Add your D.E.A.R. event details and send this invitation to everyone on your list.

D.E.A.R. Sticker
Print this template on sticker sheets to create a very en(D.E.A.R.)ing giveaway item.

D.E.A.R. Bookmark
Reproduce this colorful bookmark and distribute it to your favorite readers.

D.E.A.R. Certificate
Give a personalized certificate to everyone you know who loves to spend time reading.

Art by Jacqueline Rogers. © 2013 HarperCollins Publishers.