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Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!


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Acclaimed children’s author and librarian Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old on April 12.
Celebrate by reading one of her fantastic books with a child in your life.

Beverly Bunn was born in 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon. She was the only child to a schoolteacher mother and a farmer father. When she was six, the family moved to Portland.
In school, Beverly was a struggling reader, and with the help of her school librarian she became an avid reader and spent a lot of time reading books she loved.
Beverly earned her BA in English from UC Berkeley in 1938, and she met her husband Clarence Cleary while living there. In 1939 she earned her Library Science degree at the University of Washington and became a children’s librarian. At the end of World War II, she and Clarence married and moved to Carmel, California.
While a children's librarian, Beverly met young children who yearned to find books with characters they could relate to. Her first book, Henry Huggins, featured the boy, his dog Ribsy, and their neighbors Beezus and Ramona. She would go on to write more than 40 works, including the popular Ramona series and two autobiographies.
She won the National Book Award in 1981 for Ramona and Her Mother and the Newbury Medal in 1984 for Dear Mr. Henshaw.
Jeff Alford
Awesome! And it's hard to believe she would be 100 years old! Times certainly flies fast!
6/9/2016 2:23:48 PM