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Beverly Cleary Edit Profile

also known as Beverly Atlee Bunn


Beverly Cleary is an American writer of more than 30 books for young adults and children. As one of America's most successful authors of children's literature, she has sold 91 million copies of her books worldwide.


She blamed her struggles with reading in this new school setting partly on her dissatisfaction with the books she was required to read, and partly on an unpleasant first grade teacher. In the second grade, Cleary studied under her favorite teacher, and by the third grade, had greatly improved her reading ability and found new joy in books.


Cleary's library science degree allowed her to work with young children and develop relationships with them at all socioeconomic levels.


  • In 1975 Cleary became the fifth winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature", a lifetime award conferred 19 times as of 2013. She was United States nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984. In April 2000 she was named Library of Congress Living Legend in the Writers and Artists category for her significant contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States. She received the National Medal of Arts in 2003.

  • Cleary's books have been published in 20 different languages and have been recognized by many awards and honors. She has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw (1984) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); Newbery Honors for Ramona and Her Father (1978) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1982) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); the 1981 National Book Award in category Children's Fiction (paperback) for Ramona and Her Mother; a William Allen White Children's Book award for Socks (1973) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal (1980) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); and the Children's Book Council's Every Child Award (1985). Cleary's books have been read on Public Broadcasting Service and American Broadcasting Company-television.


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    • Henry Huggins - (1950, juvenile fiction)

    • Ellen Tebbits (1951, juvenile fiction)

    • Henry and Beezus (1952, juvenile fiction)

    • Otis Spofford (1953, juvenile fiction)

    • Henry and Ribsy (1954, juvenile fiction)

    • Beezus and Ramona (1955, juvenile fiction)

    • Fifteen (1956, juvenile fiction)

    • Henry and the Paper Route (1957, juvenile fiction)

    • The Luckiest Girl (1958, juvenile fiction)

    • Jean and Johnny (1959, young adult novel)

    • Leave It to Beaver (1960, novel)

    • The Real Hole (1960, picture book)

    • The Hullabaloo American Broadcasting Company (1960, picture book)

    • Emily's Runaway Imagination (1961, juvenile fiction)

    • Two Dog Biscuits (1961, picture book)

    • Henry and the Clubhouse (1962, juvenile fiction)

    • Sister of the Bride (1963, juvenile fiction)

    • Ribsy (1964, juvenile fiction)

    • The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965, juvenile fiction)

    • Mitch and Amy (1967, juvenile fiction)

    • Ramona the Pest (1968, juvenile fiction)

    • Runaway Ralph (1970, juvenile fiction)

    • Socks (1973, juvenile fiction)

    • Ramona the Brave (1975, juvenile fiction)

    • Ramona and Her Father (1977, juvenile fiction)

    • Ramona and Her Mother (1979, juvenile fiction)

    • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1981, juvenile fiction)

    • Ralph S. Mouse (1982, juvenile fiction)

    • Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983, juvenile fiction)

    • Ramona Forever (1984, juvenile fiction)

    • The Ramona Quimby Diary (1984, juvenile fiction)

    • Lucky Chuck (1984, juvenile fiction)

    • The Beezus and Ramona Diary (1986, juvenile fiction)

    • The Growing-Up Feet (1987, picture book)

    • Janet's Thingamajigs (1987, picture book)

    • A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir (1988, non-fiction)

    • Muggie Maggie (1990, juvenile fiction)

    • Strider (1991, juvenile fiction)

    • Petey's Bedtime Story (1993, picture book)

    • My Own Two Feet: A Memoir (1995, non-fiction)

    • Ramona's World (1999, juvenile fiction)


  • the University of California Student Cooperative Association , USA

    1934 - 1938


  • Writers

    Carroll Watson Rankin

  • Other Interests

    travel and needlework.


She was married and had two children.

a husband:
Clarence Cleary - United States

a daughter:
Marrienne Elizabeth Cleary

Malcolm James