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 I read them when they were considered "outdated" but I didn't care.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!