interview with Beverly Cleary on her 94th birthday! I've been a huge fan of Beverly Cleary since I was very young. Her wonderful, character-driven stories about Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona, Ellen Tebbits, and that bad boy, Otis Spofford, made a lasting impression on me. I clearly remember seeing Otis Spofford up on the reserve shelf in the bookmobile that came to my school each month, and longing desperately to read it--but it was being held for someone else. Eventually, of course, I got my hands on it! Ms. Cleary says she started out as an elementary school librarian. A little boy changed her life when he came into the library and asked, "Where are the books about kids like us?" There really weren't any, so Ms. Cleary took it upon herself to write them--and we're so lucky she did! All of her amazing books are still in print. The birthday card above was made for Beverly Cleary by Caldecott Award-winning Paul Zelinsky--it features Ralph S. Mouse.
The photo above is by Kate Wade.