Beverly Cleary, the award-winning children’s author whose work has been read by young readers for more than 70 years, has died at 104, her editor, HarperCollins, said in a statement on Friday.
Cleary, whose books have helped generations of children tackle difficult childhood issues, was inspired to answer a young boy’s question: “Where are the books about children like us?” “
Cleary was born April 12, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon, and raised in Portland and Yamhill, titling her autobiography, “A Girl from Yamhill.” She died Thursday in northern California, where she lived.
After initial training as a librarian, Cleary became an author and wrote dozens of children’s books which have been translated into over a dozen languages, popularizing such characters as Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins.
It was in a library that his initial dream of writing for children was rekindled when “a little boy faced me quite fiercely across the lending desk and said, ‘Where are the books about children like us?
Cleary won the National Book Award in 1981 for “Ramona and Her Mother” and “Dear Mr. Henshaw” won the John Newbery Medal in 1984.
In an interview with TODAY to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2016, Clearly said, “Well, I didn’t do it on purpose! “
She said TODAY that she was most proud of “that children love my books”.
Shortly after the news of his death on Friday, tributes poured into the internet.
Florida State Representative Anna V. Eskamani mentionned that Cleary’s books “are the reason I fell in love with second grade reading, and have been a lifelong reader ever since!” “
Portland-based Powell’s Books wrote that Cleary was “a hero of Portland”.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss and grateful for the beloved stories she has told us. “
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