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Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.
Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.
Tracy Dockray is a fine artist and illustrator who has contributed to more than twenty illustrated books, including the bestselling Grimm's Grimmest, Delia at the Delano, and all of Beverly Cleary's highly popular children's books, most notably Ramona. A member of the Society of Illustrators, she holds an MFA from Pratt and lives in New York City.
Its an all time classic. My daughter loves when I read this to her. A must add to any kids library.Published 3 months ago by ROBERT M.
This one in not as well known as the Ramona series but is just as imaginative and fun to read.Published 7 months ago by Katherine A. Fuller
I read this book when I was little, so I wanted to share it with my daughter. We really enjoyed reading it together.Published 15 months ago by James Henderson
We are big Beverly Cleary fans at our house. However, this one was not a favorite of ours. Ramona and her friends are sooooo funny and relatable. Emily is a lot slower paced. Read morePublished 16 months ago by nik
well l believe that all Beverly clearly books are amazing although advanced and some sentences too big. But this one was one of my favorite along with Roman Q. & Henry . HPublished 20 months ago by Hannah Smith
it is a book it was for my kids dont know any thing about it i just need five wordsPublished on July 20, 2012 by mike Fair
Another author who writes about rural community adventures in her book, "Sweet Dreams" of a child - short bedtime stories, loved your heart-warming story about life in Pitchfork,... Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Laura Dobbins
You can't beat Beverly Cleary for telling a good story. EMILY'S RUNAWAY IMAGINATION truly carries the reader back to the early decades of the twentieth century and makes them come... Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Phyllis A. Karr
"Emily's Runaway Imagination"
Written by Beverly Cleary
(Harper Collins, 1961)... Read more