So Many Reading-Related Celebrations in April!

April is chock full of reading-related celebrations that can help motivate you (or your child) to do more reading.

For starters, the fourth month of the year is Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) month, with April 12 serving as DEAR Day. Of course, for book lovers any day can be a “drop everything and read” day! The date was selected because it is the birthday of American children’s author Beverly Cleary. Elementary schools often make a big deal of DEAR Day with lessons and activities, but it is very much a day (or month) that anyone can use to motivate them to make reading a priority. 

April 4 is National School Librarian Day. For so many children, school libraries are where they really become independent pursuers of books. While a lot of kids first learn to love reading because of special time on their parents’ laps being read to, access to their school library is where they first get to self-select books without their parents’ input, and that is a big deal. If you’ve ever had to read a book that someone else selected, and you had no choice, you know how that can feel a lot like work instead of enjoyment, and that is no different for kids.

Thanks to the school librarians who help foster kids’ love of reading!

For those who love poetry, April 28 is National Great Poetry Reading Day, which gives an opportunity to find some of your favorite poetry and read it, alone or to someone else. Whose poems inspire you? Amanda Gorman? Ada Limon? Ross Gay? 

Here are some simple ways to celebrate the various reading events in April:

1–Text some lines from a favorite poem to friends or family. Or post them on social media and tag the poet! Let them know how much you love their work.

2–If you struggle to fit in time to read, stop watching television 20 minutes earlier than normal this month so that you can Drop Everything and Read! Before you know it, you just may be reading a little longer than that.

3–If your schedule allows, contact your child’s school librarian and ask if you can visit to read a book to the class. If you can’t miss work, see if you can record a video that the school librarian can show to classes of kids. Sharing a book with a child is always a win!

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 16 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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