Fans Celebrate Beverly Cleary's Birthday By Paying Homage To Books

People Are Telling Beverly Cleary What Her Books Mean To Them On Her 103rd Birthday

April 12, 2019 Updated April 24, 2020

Courtesy of the Cleary Family archive and Harper Collins

Beverly Cleary’s books exemplified many people’s childhoods

If you’re of a certain age, you grew up reading every Beverly Cleary book you could get your hands on. The beloved author was able to perfectly capture every nuance of her characters in a way that you felt like you were there experiencing everything with them. Once I became a parent, Cleary’s “Ramona” series was the first I bought my daughter when she started to read, passing down the true gift of her books. Now, on her 103rd birthday, fans are writing to tell Cleary what her books meant to them.

Her birthday, April 12, is officially National D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read) in honor of her accomplishments and success. According to her website, when kids have asked her where she finds her ideas, she’s said, “From my own experience and from the world around me.” In fact, she included a passage about the D.E.A.R. program in “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” because she was inspired by letters she received from children who participated in D.E.A.R Day and wanted Ramona to have the same experience with her class in the book.

Fans were eager to tell the author just how much her books meant to them, sharing memories and favorite passages from their childhood: