|The Mouse and the Motorcycle|
by Beverly Cleary - HarperCollins
This multi-organization sponsored* commemoration falls yearly on Beverly Cleary's birthday. Cleary, as any fan of Children's Lit knows, is the author of the Ralph S. Mouse, Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and other series of juvenile books. D.E.A.R Day promotes sustained silent reading on a voluntary basis to encourage the habit of regular reading. When children are encouraged to read this way, they learn that reading becomes a solace and source of growth which can be relied upon for life. Books truly are the one friend that will never let you down, whatever circumstance in which you may find yourself. There is nothing like the feeling of knowing you have a good book in hand which will envelope you in hours of rapt reading. A wondrous journey that essentially never ends. The beginning and end of each book marks a station break whereupon a new book picks up and resumes the journey in another direction. D.E.A.R. Day promotes this practice and provides children with a lifelong habit that will serve them better than any other on their life's journey.
*NEA, PTA, ALA, GFWC, NAA, among others.