Question: What does D.E.A.R. mean?
Answer: Drop Everything And Read. Ever since author Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in her book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 back in 1981, D.E.A.R. programmes have been held across America during the month of April to encourage the ‘Reading Habit’ in young and old. Such programmes run in other countries, too, but not necessarily in April. In Canada, it’s October.