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From librarian to beloved and prolific children's book writer: Beverly Cleary

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

104 years old and 42 books written, Beverly Cleary hailed from Oregan and delighted generations of children with her children's and young adult fiction. Perhaps best known for Ramona Quimby, Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins and his beloved dog Ribsy, and of course, Ralph S. Mouse.

The beauty of Beverly Cleary was how she enthralled children with her true to life stories, and never talked down to them. She wrote about annoying sisters and everyday problems, she was so relatable. Ramona would say, "A littler person sometimes had to be a little bit noisier and a little bit more stubborn in order to be noticed at all."

Beverly Cleary dealt with societal issues like: new siblings, divorce, unemployment and even quitting smoking. Ramona would say, "Guts, guts, guts.", Ramona might just have started the girl power movement!

Beverly Cleary wrote the kind of books children wanted to read. They were full of fun characters who hated spelling, had pesky brothers and sisters, were mischievous and were constantly in search of fun and friendship.

Introduce your children to the fun of Beverly Cleary, if you haven't already! And contact Wendy Levey Consulting, if you want help finding schools that value the love of reading, the joy of learning and believe in social equity, we've got this!

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