Drop everything and read. Do you ever wish someone would tell you this?
Well, you’re in luck! This April, you have our total permission to D.E.A.R.
D.E.A.R. is a month-long national holiday designed to encourage people of all ages to make reading a priority.
According the D.E.A.R website,
“D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41). Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate!”
D.E.A.R. is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of the American Library Association), Reading Rockets, The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), the American Press Institute, First Book, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Read Kiddo Read, Walden Media, and Ramona Quimby. (*List provided by the American Library Association.)
Get ready for D.E.A.R with a stack of our newest releases! Save 20-25% on new releases every month.
A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller
A Praying Life feels like having dinner with good friends. It is the way we experience and connect to God. In A Praying Life, author Paul Miller lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith.
Still Waiting by Ann Swindell
In Still Waiting, Ann Swindell explores the depths of why God wants us to wait by chronicling her own compelling story of waiting for healing from an incurable condition. She offers a vibrant retelling of the biblical account of the Bleeding Woman that parallels her story—and yours, too.
Words from the Hill by Stu Garrard
Words from the Hill turns each beatitude on its head to see the unexpected beneath the understood—diving into the story of a woman on death row to speak about mercy, personal stories from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to talk about peace, and much more.
Mother Tongue by Leonard Sweet
Len Sweet opens his mother’s memory box, and in the process he helps us all embrace the future with confidence while tethering us to a faith that transcends time.
Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs by Amy E. Mason
Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs can help you claim God’s promises for your everyday life. You’ll become more aware of God’s passion for you and your child through this handy guide that speaks directly to the unique journey of special needs parenting.
Championship Grandfathering by Carey Casey
Using a lifetime of heart-touching stories and research from the National Center for Fathering, this grandfather of nine and national expert on fathering takes you to the next level of influence in your family. Carey will “school you up” on building a legacy through loving, coaching, and modeling.
A Day at the Beach by Jedd and Todd Hafer
In A Day at the Beach, brothers Todd and Jedd Hafer don’t have the answers to all of life’s troubles, but they’ll help you see that the God who built the universe also wants to help you build a great life.
Lord, Have Mercy by Ellen Miller
In Lord, Have Mercy, popular author Ellen Miller writes to moms who could use a good laugh (and sometimes a good cry) as they live through the trials and triumphs of parenting in the 21st century.
Tranquility by Tyndale
This Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.
Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills
As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer—and to each other—the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.
The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson
As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she’ll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?
90 Devotions for Kids by the AIO Team
Written by the Adventures in Odyssey team, 90 Devotions for Kids provides fun, Bible-based devotions for families and will encourage children to spend time learning more about God.
Captain Absolutely by Focus on the Family
This popular comic strip (a spin-off of the popular Adventures in Odyssey series and originally featured in Clubhouse magazine) entertains and engages imaginations while helping kids grasp the role of God’s Word and truth in making life decisions.
Manga Melech by NEXT
Manga Melech is a Biblically accurate Manga retelling of Bible stories beginning with entry into the Promised Land through the rule of King David.