Today is Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary's 95th birthday. I asked children and adults what they liked about Beverly's books. Everyone was willing and excited to chat about Beverly and Ramona.
*"My favorite book is Ramona and Beezus. It reminds me of my sister and me." -5th grader
*"I like Muggie Maggie. We read it in second grade." -3rd grader
*"I loved Ramona's World. It is a great book!" -5th grader
*"I love Ramona Quimby, Age 8! It reminded me of how much I disliked learning cursive." 5th grader
*I think Ramona is very cute in all the books." -5th grader
*I read the entire Ramona series in 8 days." -Mr. Schu
*I loved all of the Ramona books." -Alyson
*The Ramona books. Ramona brought me such joy--she was unabashed and rambunctious...kinda like me as a kid. :)" -Lucia
*"I remember Ramona getting into all sorts of mischief. She always seemed like she had so much fun. I secretly wished I had some michevious adventures like she did." -Donna
*When I was about 7 years old, life didn't get much better than a Ramona book. I remember laughing a lot. - @Bibliophile81
*"My favorite book is Ramona and Her Mother. Her books are very relatable. I clearly remember as a child wanting to put all the toothpaste in the sink like her, but was too scared that I would have to use it all in a bag. She [Beverly Cleary] is the reason I became a teacher and LOVE books." -Angela Kroner
*When Ramona jumped through the hole in her house, I met a friend for life." -Sarah
*Definitely Ramona and Her Father. I love her persistent compassion. And the car ride to the pageant was a great moment." -Sasha
"I think the emotions of children don't change--their life situations change." -Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary answers questions about her books and her life as a writer.
Ramona and Beezus was released in movie theaters on July 23, 2010.
Today Anita Silvey's Children's Book-A-Day Almanac celebrates Henry Huggins and Beverly's 95th birthday.
Anita Silvey discusses Beverly Cleary's life and books.
I read on Klickitat Street.
Borrow Beverly Cleary's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.