Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 12: Drop Everything and Read Day!

Beverly Cleary is a fabulous writer of children's books! 

Happy 96th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Different covers...same story!

 In class, we will be reading one of Beverly Cleary's books called Ramona Quimby, Age 8 . In chapter two, Ramona's teacher, Mrs. Whaley,  introduces D.E.A.R time to her third graders. During this daily thirty minute period, students are allowed to read anything they like. 

To honor Beverly Cleary's birthday, 
April 12 is officially called National 

Drop Everything And Read 

Mrs. Yollis' class is on Spring Break this week, so hopefully students will participate from their home!

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Here is an interview of the incredible Mrs. Cleary. She explains how she became a writer and where she gets ideas about her characters. 

Here is a trivia game about Ramona and her friends on Klickitat Street! 

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Which books have you read by Beverly Cleary? Please share a favorite part!

Who is your favorite character and why? 

Please share some facts you learned about Beverly Cleary from the hyperlinks! 


  1. I started a DEAR day at my new school in Tanzania and my grade loved it. Hopefully it will be school-wide next year. Also, I am currently reading Ramona to my 3rd graders and we are laughing out loud everyday. I am most recently from Oregon and am loving the local details put in the book. I never noticed it when I was reading them while growing up in NY. It makes me feel a greater connection to home, although I am teaching all the way over in Africa. Have a fun day!

    Miss Rorey's Room

    1. @ Miss Rorey,

      Thanks for leaving us a comment! I am a big fan of Beverly Cleary, and I read them when I was a little girl. Ramona has been a favorite character of mine for a long time! It's fun for me to see my students reading and enjoying the books.

      We are on Spring Break this week, so I'm hoping my students will participate at home.

      When we return next week, we will be reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8 as a class. Which Ramona are you reading? Maybe we could do a little sharing together in some way.

      Your friend,
      Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Aloha Mrs. Yollis,
    I will never forget Ramona singing the Star Spangled Banner in kindergarten and "the donzer light." Beverly Cleary has a way of just capturing us and having us travel along with kids who are just like us.

    Who couldn't understand how Henry felt when he wanted Ribsy so desparately? When I got older there was "Fifteen." So many good memories!

    Happy reading!

    A hui hou my friend!
    Mrs. Jacobs

    1. Aloha, Mrs. Jacobs!

      There are so many funny memories that I have about Ramona. One of them is the one where she was sitting outside her classroom because her parents were in have a conference with the teacher. Ramona found some seed pods that she hooked together to make a crown. What she didn't realize was that just as the seed pods grabbed a hold on each other, they would also grab a hold to Ramona's hair! What a tangled mess! Beverly Cleary's writing made it so vivid to me!

      I also thoroughly enjoyed The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Mrs. Cleary is one of my favorite writers.

      Have a great Drop Everything and Read Day!

      Mrs. Y♥llis

  3. My second daughter, Minden (now 18), was the very embodiment of Ramona growing up. Not only did she look like her (scarily so), but she also acted very much like her. When my family sat and watched the Ramona and Beezus movie last year it was just like watching home movies!

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think it is really nice of you to make an entire post about Beverly Cleary! I sadly have never read a book by her, but so far my favorite character from the book we're reading in school is definitely Romona! She is my favorite character because she is funny, she has a whole lot of GUMPTION (gump-shin), and she is kind.

    Gumption means that she is not afraid to do something when she want to get something or do something she goes and does it!

    What is your favorite character? Why?


  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I just started reading one of the Ramona books. The book is called Ramona The Brave by Beverly Cleary. It's just right for my reading grade. Also this is the second because in class we are reading Ramona Quimby Age 8.

    Have you ever read one of the Ramona books?

    Can you name the book?


  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It was so nice of you to do a post about Beverly Cleary.

    Beverly Clear is one of my all time favorite writers. I have read many of her books including the whole Ramona series and some of the Henry series.

    My favorite book that she has written is Ramona the pest. I like it because it is the goofiest of all of them.

    My favorite character is Ramona because of her silly character.

    Have read any of her books?


  7. ♥ᖻEll♥eᖻ♥April 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think this post is so nice for Beverly Cleary. Recently I read one of her books and got 100%. The book I read is going down to my little sister, Caiti, the book was Beezus and Ramona. That is my favorite book.

    Right now I am reading Ramona and Her Mother. So far it's a great book. I have been looking in your library and I have found lots of Beverly Cleary. What is your favorite book in the Beverly Cleary books? I think she is the best kids book writer in the world. Do you?

    Your student,

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It was so nice for you to wish Beverly Cleary a happy birthday.

    I love to read, and I read one of Beverly Cleary's books called Ribsy. Have you read Ribsy? Right now I am reading Ramona The Pest. It is also one of Beverly Cleary's books.

    What is your favorite author?
    When do your have time to read?

    Your student,

  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think you did a very nice thing for Beverly Cleary.
    I love to read, but I do not read her books. I read her Ramona book in class, and that was my first time to read her book. I will start to read her books because in class I see how interesting it is.



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