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Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary

Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary! Today is Ms. Cleary's 95th birthday and it's also D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read). I remember reading the Ramona books as a kid, checking out each book from the library, and laughing along with all of Ramona's adventures. Then after I read the books, I checked out the TV series from the 80's starring Sara Polley as Ramona-anyone else remember this?? (I was a child of the 80's so it didn't look dated to me, it just looked cool!:)

I loved Ramona and her sister Beezus and they were some of my favorite books I read growing up. And it wasn't just Ramona. I adored Ralph S. Mouse and his motorcycle! And I read all about Henry Huggins (who doesn't love Henry?)

What I love most about Beverly Cleary's books though are that they really do have a timeless feel to them. I read them when they were considered "outdated" but I didn't care. I could relate to Ramona and she was so funny and spunky that I didn't care what time period her adventures took place. Working in the library now, I still recommend Beverly Cleary's books and come across young readers who are fans of those books.

Happy Birthday Ms. Cleary and thank you for writing some of my favorite children's books!


  1. This show was my favorite as a kid, though I was traumatized by her hard boiled egg incident. I had no idea that was Sarah Polley! Thanks for the memory lane trip!

  2. I loved the Ramona books growing up. My mom used to read them to me at night before I started reading on my own. I will always associated those books with her. But I loved her other books as well, mostly the childrens books because I don't think I read much of her YA.

  3. Oh Romona!! I loved those books. I even had a Romona Diary. I shouldn't have posted though, I'm totally dating myself!

  4. I never saw that TV series but I loved the Ramona books when I was younger! I think my favourite was Ramona the Pest :D

  5. I LOVED the Ramona series as a kid. I remember watching the show and I'll never forget when Beezus and Ramona tried making chicken and didn't use the paprika-- I think they used chili powder instead. Such a great trip down memory lane! Thanks!

  6. Aw, Ramona! They were my favourite MG books as a kid.

  7. The Ramona books were the first books that made me actually love to read. I didn't know that Clearly is still alive. She and Judy Blume are some of my favorite writers!

  8. It doesn't get better than Beverly Cleary, does it?

  9. Wow, 95! Thanks for posting this. Just to let you know, I wrote my own Happy Birthday post to her, but I linked back to your blog:

    I never read Ramona, but I loved her Ralph the Mouse books!

  10. I used to LOVE that show!

  11. Our AEA has the Ramona series available for check-out. I have brought them home many times for my own children to watch. We love them!


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