On April 12th, we will celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 102nd birthday! Ms. Cleary was born in rural Oregon in a town so small it had no library. Her mother had to arrange with the State Library for books to be delivered. However, when Beverly’s family moved to Portland, she struggled to find herself a bit behind her peers when it came to reading.
By third grade, she spent much of her time reading and enjoying her local public library. She decided that some day she would write the kind of books she enjoyed, but couldn’t find them on her library shelves. This is where characters like Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and her other beloved characters were born.
Beverly Cleary’s books have earned many prestigious awards including the National Medal of Art (2003), the John Newberry Medal (1984), ALA’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (1975), the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal (1980), the University of Southern Mississippi Silver Medallion (1982), and the Hans Christian Andersen Award (1984).
Here are some of Beverly Cleary’s most popular children’s books that can be found on the shelves of our library.
Henry and Beezus
All Henry Huggins can think about is owning a bicycle, and he and his friend Beezus come up with various ideas to make money.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade.
Separated from his owner, Henry Huggins, in a shopping center parking lot, an ordinary city dog begins a string of bewildering adventures.
Ralph runs away looking for freedom but winds up a prisoner at a summer camp.
The happy home life of Socks, the cat, is disrupted by the addition of a new baby to the household.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.