Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916 (96 years!). She was born Beverly Bunn in Oregon, and became a popular author of more than 30 books, some of which won awards like the Newbery Medal.
Beverly Cleary once wrote: "Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there."
She also said: "Children want to do what the grownups do. Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school."
Do you remember reading the works of Beverly Cleary? Which one was your favorite?
Read more about Beverly Cleary, from Liz Kennedy.
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