As Cleary reflected on her Oregon childhood that inspired many of her characters in children’s books that sold millions, she told NBC New York, “I was a well-behaved little girl, not that I wanted to be. At the age of Ramona, in those days, children played outside. We played hopscotch and jump rope and I loved them and always had scraped knees.”
Her birthday will be celebrated with a screening of the movie “Discovering Beverly Cleary: An Oregon Art Beat”.
Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon and lived on a farm until her family moved to Portland when she was school-age. NBC New York reports that Cleary was a slow reader, but by sixth or seventh grade, she decided she was going to be a children’s writer.
To date, over 90 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden made a special statement to mark Cleary’s birthday, saying, “Thanks to Ms. Cleary, generations of kids across the world can experience Oregon from a literary perspective. And you would be hard-pressed to find another author who has made such a lasting impact on children’s literature.”
To watch Wyden’s floor remarks, click here.
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