Friday, March 26, 2021

Memoriam: Beverly Cleary

Children's book author Beverly Cleary (1916-2021), creator of Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died at age 104.  

The first of her 30-plus books was Henry Higgins, published in 1950, and was followed five years later by Beezus and Ramona (1955). Ramona Quimby would later star in eight novels and become one of Cleary's most-popular and beloved characters.  

Cleary won the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for "a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children" in 1975, was awarded the National Book Award for children's fiction in 1981 for Ramona and Her Mother, and the the 1984 Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw.

Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Ellen Tebbits, and Otis Spofford, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations.

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