Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.
Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.
Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.
My granddaughter's favorite read, and she is only 6--she started reading with her mother, and does a bit on her own. It is impressive to our family that the author is from Oregon. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Calebini
My daughters grew up with Ramona so I bought it for my granddaughters. Great, funny youth fiction. Ramona is a classic.Published 8 months ago by Colleen B. Reep
My granddaughter is Ramona - she reads like reading about herself!Published 11 months ago by Ja Presler
My daughter loves the set of books. I would highly recommend this book for parents to buy for their kidsPublished 15 months ago by Kelly Hemingway
My granddaughter loves these just as I did when I was a kid which is just one more little special bond we have!Published 19 months ago by bobbyjoe
Ramona will always deserve five stars. She is timeless. My children were reading her thirty years ago and now my grandchildren enjoy her. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Jo Nutt