Beverly Cleary is one of those universal names in children's literature - everyone knows and loves at least one of her books. Today, she turns 95, and I think she deserves as many birthday shout-outs as possible. Two of my favorite childrens lit experts are featuring her on their excellent blogs:
Anita Silvey @ her wonderful Children's Book-A-Day Almanac
John Schu @ Watch.Connect.Read.
I even get a shout out here, so thanks for that, John!
And as most of you know, one of Cleary's most popular books, Beezus and Ramona, was recently made into a hit movie, starring Selena Gomez as Beezus.
So, a huge thank you to the birthday girl for all the wonderful stories and characters she has shared! Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!