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Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916. Her family lived on a small farm in McMinnville, Oregon, before moving to Portland. Ironically, this internationally known author of children's books struggled to learn how to read when she entered school. Before long however Cleary had learned to love books, and as a child she spent a good deal of her time in the public library. Cleary attended Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, Ca. and went on to earned her first B.A. in 1938 from the University of California at Berkeley. Her second degree, a B.A. in library science, was bestowed by the University of Washington in Seattle in 1939. She worked for a short time as Children's Librarian in Yakima, Washington, before moving to California. Cleary began her writing career in her early thirties. Her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950. Her stories and especially her characters, Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, have proven popular with young readers. Her books have been translated into twenty languages and are available in over twenty countries. Some of her best-known titles are Ellen Tebbits (1951), Henry and the Paper Route (1957), Runaway Ralph (1970), and Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983). Several television programs have been produced from the Henry Huggins and Ramona stories. She also wrote two memoirs, A Girl from Yamhill (1988) and My Own Two Feet (1995). Cleary has won many awards for her contributions to children's literature, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1975, the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal in 1980, the John Newbery Medal in 1984 and the National Medal of Arts in 2003. Beverly Cleary died on March 25, 2021 in Carmel, California. She was 104 year old. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle 8,884 copies, 113 reviews
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 7,897 copies, 111 reviews
Dear Mr. Henshaw 7,051 copies, 141 reviews
Ramona the Pest 6,701 copies, 104 reviews
Beezus and Ramona 6,209 copies, 108 reviews
Ralph S. Mouse 6,055 copies, 32 reviews
Ramona and Her Father 5,807 copies, 66 reviews
Runaway Ralph 5,336 copies, 24 reviews
Ramona the Brave 5,021 copies, 48 reviews
Henry Huggins 4,624 copies, 38 reviews
Ramona and Her Mother 4,514 copies, 41 reviews
Ramona Forever 4,499 copies, 39 reviews
Socks 3,769 copies, 29 reviews
Henry and Ribsy 3,290 copies, 23 reviews
Ribsy 3,026 copies, 13 reviews
Ramona's World 2,738 copies, 35 reviews
Muggie Maggie 2,563 copies, 26 reviews
Henry and Beezus 2,500 copies, 21 reviews
Strider 2,292 copies, 14 reviews
Ellen Tebbits 2,168 copies, 28 reviews
Emily's Runaway Imagination 2,132 copies, 20 reviews
Henry and the Paper Route 2,098 copies, 17 reviews
Henry and the Clubhouse 2,019 copies, 14 reviews
Otis Spofford 1,321 copies, 12 reviews
Mitch and Amy 1,069 copies, 7 reviews
Fifteen 792 copies, 20 reviews
A Girl From Yamhill: A Memoir 763 copies, 14 reviews
The Luckiest Girl 620 copies, 12 reviews
Two Times the Fun 614 copies, 15 reviews
Sister of the Bride 496 copies, 10 reviews
Jean and Johnny 426 copies, 7 reviews
My Own Two Feet: A Memoir 334 copies, 10 reviews
It's Great To Be Eight 245 copies, 1 review
Two Dog Biscuits 174 copies, 5 reviews
The Real Hole (Author) 165 copies, 15 reviews
The Growing-Up Feet 115 copies, 1 review
Janet's Thingamajigs 109 copies, 4 reviews
The Hullabaloo ABC 80 copies, 4 reviews
Lucky Chuck 63 copies, 3 reviews
Petey's Bedtime Story 48 copies, 2 reviews
Here's Beaver! 16 copies
Ellen 1 copy
Emily's 1 copy
Heidi (Foreword, some editions) 10,509 copies, 144 reviews
School's In! (Contributor) 322 copies, 2 reviews
A Newbery Christmas (Contributor) 237 copies, 1 review
It's Heaven To Be Seven (Contributor) 177 copies, 2 reviews
A Newbery Halloween (Contributor) 135 copies, 2 reviews
It's Fine To Be Nine (Contributor) 108 copies
Ramona and Beezus [2010 film] (Original book) 89 copies, 1 review
Best in Children's Books 35 59 copies, 1 review
It's Terrific to Be Ten (Contributor) 47 copies, 2 reviews

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