Meet the author Beverly Cleary: https://www.beverlycleary.com/
Born: April 12, 1916
Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There young Beverly learned to love books. However, when the family moved to Portland, Beverly soon found herself in the grammar school’s low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers.
By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood surrounded by books—either at home or in her public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves: funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew. And so Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and her other beloved characters were born.
When children ask Mrs. Cleary where she finds her ideas, she replies, ‘From my own experience and from the world around me.’ She included a passage about the D.E.A.R. program in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (second chapter) because she was inspired by letters she received from children who participated in ‘Drop Everything and Read’ activities. Their interest and enthusiasm encouraged her to provide the same experience to Ramona, who enjoys D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class.—from https://www.beverlycleary.com/about
All Books by Beverly Cleary: https://www.beverlycleary.com/books
Including: The Ramona Books; The Ralph S. Mouse Books
Books for Middle Grade Readers: https://www.beverlycleary.com/books/middle-grade
Books for Young Adults: https://www.beverlycleary.com/books/young-adult
Her memoir: A Girl From Yamhill: Beverly Cleary