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Letter to the Editor from Ginny Moore Kruse, March/April 2016

March/April 2016 Horn Book Ever since I read the recent Horn Book tribute to Beverly Cleary, my friend and colleague Eliza T. Dresang has been in my mind. Now that the 100th anniversary of Beverly Cleary’s birth is being celebrated, I’m thinking of both of these amazing women. Perhaps Eliza is most widely known for […]

Today’s the day! Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary

One hundred years ago today — April 12, 1916 — children’s literature icon Beverly Cleary was born. Today we hope she’s enjoying a gigantic slice of carrot cake! We’ve been celebrating her life and legacy in the pages of The Horn Book and at hbook.com. Here are some of children’s literature’s best and brightest on […]

Beverly Cleary letter to Lois Darling

This spring the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art launches an exhibit of the work of illustrator Louis Darling, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. While preparing the exhibit, curator (and Caldecott Honoree, thank you very much!) Tony DiTerlizzi found the following letter from Beverly Cleary to Darling’s widow, Lois, with a […]

Once Upon a Time It Was 1950

Ask any reader, teacher, librarian, author, or illustrator to rattle off their favorite Beverly Cleary books, and chances are the list will contain names of literary personalities we all know and love: Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, Ellen Tebbits, Ribsy, and (my favorite) the motorcycle-riding Ralph S. Mouse. Ask that same group if they know who […]

You Don’t DO That to Beverly Cleary!

Husband Guy came home to find me digging a pit in our front yard. He recognized the little storm cloud over my head, so he knew what to ask: “Who irked you now?” “The mailman!” I said, tossing another shovelful of Jersey dirt. “He bent Beverly Cleary!” Husband Guy arched one eyebrow like I can’t […]

Beverly Cleary and the Art of Growing Up

Like my own home street, I took Klickitat Street for granted until I had been gone for a long time and returned. I recently re-read the Ramona series and realized how many scenes had wormed their way into my memory and become indistinguishable from my own experiences. The paper-bag owl, Grandma Quimby’s proverbs, the dawnzer, […]

Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland

If you’re planning a trip to Portland, Oregon, and you are a Beverly Cleary super-fan, be sure to pack this little guidebook. Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland (Microcosm Publishing, coming October 2016) is a walking (or cycling) tour of Ramona-land and an interesting history of the city (before Kyle MacLachlan was the fake […]

Telling the Truth While Making Things Up

I met Beverly Cleary in 1980, when I was a barely published author and she was already an icon of children’s literature. As a new initiate into the writers’ group that was sponsoring a weekend writers’ conference, I was assigned the task of meeting Beverly’s plane. I remember being amazed at my good fortune, but […]

A Celebration of Beverly Cleary at Symphony Space

If you live in New York City and are a Beverly Cleary super-fan, here’s a great-sounding event: Thalia Kids’ Book Club: A Celebration of Beverly Cleary An all-star cast of actors, including Condola Rashad (Billions), plus authors Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), and RJ Palacio (Wonder) […]

The Real Ramona

I worked with Beverly Cleary for nearly twenty years, so it’s beyond difficult to pick from so many wonderful memories. Here are two that I hope capture both her remarkable sense of humor and her unwavering integrity. Soon after becoming editor in chief at Morrow, I accompanied Beverly to the ALA Annual convention in Philadelphia, […]