Beverly Cleary, Creator Of Ramona Quimby, Has Died

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The beloved kids’s creator was 104

It was simply yesterday after we mourned the dying of Arrested Development star Jessica Walter. Now, we’re saying goodbye to beloved kids’s creator, Beverly Cleary. According to NPR, Cleary died Thursday in Carmel, California, the place she’s lived for the reason that Sixties. She was 104.

“We are saddened by the passing of Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time,” says Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, in a ready assertion. “Looking back, she’d often say, ‘I’ve had a lucky life,’ and generations of children count themselves lucky, too — lucky to have the very real characters Beverly Cleary created, including Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse, as true friends who helped shape their growing-up years.”

Cleary has revealed greater than 40 books.

The creator of unforgettable characters, like Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse, Cleary began as a librarian in Yakima, Washington and would later turn into probably the most common, most beloved kids’s authors of all time, promoting a staggering 85 million copies. The ebook that may kick all of it off? Henry Huggins, which was revealed in 1950.

“When it comes to writing books kids love, nobody does it better,” says creator and reviewer Ilene Cooper in ALA Booklist.

Cleary was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon.

Reading was an necessary a part of Cleary’s life. Her mom arrange a library for the small city in a room positioned above a financial institution, and it was right here {that a} younger Cleary began her love affair with books. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, the place a dormitory is known as in her honor, Cleary specialised in librarianship on the University of Washington, Seattle.

Fast-forward to 1978 and Cleary would obtain her first of many awards for her writing: a Newbery Honor for Ramona and Her Father.

In 1982, she acquired one other award for Ramona Quimby, Age 8; and two years later, in 1984, Cleary acquired the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw.

Cleary has additionally been honored with the American Library Association’s 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Catholic Library Association’s 1980 Regina Medal, and the University of Southern Mississippi’s 1982 Silver Medallion. Cleary was additionally the 1984 United States creator nominee for the distinguished worldwide Hans Christian Andersen Award. And in 2000, she was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She then acquired the 2003 National Medal of Art from the National Endowment for the Arts; and in 2010, she acquired the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award, which was significantly particular as this marked the primary time the dignity was given to a kids’s books creator.

“We at HarperCollins also feel extremely lucky to have worked with Beverly Cleary and to have enjoyed her sparkling wit,” Murphy says. “Her timeless books are an affirmation of her everlasting connection to the pleasures, challenges, and triumphs that are part of every childhood.”

Cleary is survived by her two kids, Malcolm and Marianne, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her late husband, Clarence Cleary, handed away in 2004.

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