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Things We Saw Today: Happy 104th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Plus Easter, bunnies, and more!

Young Beverly Cleary with her cat in black and white.

Here’s something cool: beloved childrens book author Beverly Cleary turns 104 today. The iconic author has written dozens of books and sold over 90 million copies worldwide, beginning with her first novel, Henry Huggins, in 1950. It was in that novel that Cleary created the indomitable Ramona Quimby, patron saint of scrappy little girls and children everywhere.

Ramona is one of those indelible literary characters that feels like she was written just for us. For every awkward, goofy, overly energetic kid, Ramona was a touchstone. Cleary’s writing impacted generations of kids, who learned that it was okay to be scared or sad, and that feeling things deeply was a part of life.

Many took to Twitter to celebrate Cleary’s life and career:

What are your favorite Beverly Cleary books? I’m partial to Dear Mr. Henshaw, myself.

(image: By Unknown – Cleary Family archive/OPB, Public Domain)

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Hope you’re having a safe and candy-filled Easter, everyone!

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