Nowadays, there seems to be a national day of observance set aside for nearly everything under the sun from the sublime to the ridiculous. I don't think I will be observing International Talk Like a Pirate Day in September, but I recently read about a day set aside that, for me, is too charming to ignore.
Today is Drop Everything and Read Day, a national celebration of reading held on April 12 in honor of Beverly Cleary's birthday. This beloved author wrote about D.E.A.R over thirty years ago in her book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8. One of my favorite books from childhood was her book, Ellen Tebbits, so I am delighted to drop everything (or nearly everything) and read this afternoon and evening in order to honor such an internationally acclaimed children's author. Besides, just look at that face.
Typically, I cannot read from more than one book at a time, but today I will be reading from three: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dicionary by Simon Winchester, and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.