April 12 is also Beverly Cleary’s birthday. This is not a coincidence.
Cleary, one of the most successful authors alive today (she’s 103 today, which is a kind of achievement in itself), having sold over 90 million copies of her work worldwide.
Beverly Cleary created several beloved characters and chief among them for many young readers are Ramona Quimby and older sister Beezus (although, I was always partial to Ralph the Motorcycle Mouse myself). It was in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that Cleary first wrote of Drop Everything And Read Day and ever since then fans have been carrying on the tradition in honor of Ramona and Beverly.
To celebrate families are encouraged to take at least half an hour today to stop, take a deep breath and read together (or at least simultaneously). Enjoy.
And if you need help finding something to read the Friends of the Moline Public Library Foundation is having a huge overflow book sale until 5pm today. In addition to all the books the library has available for check out of course.