|Birth Day:||April 12, 1916|
|Birth Place:||McMinnville, United States|
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Acclaimed children's writer who created the popular Henry Huggins and Ramona series. Her numerous literary honors include the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.
The town where she grew up was too small for a library, so her mother arranged to have books shipped in from a nearby library. A lifelong lover of books, Cleary graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in English and later received her library science degree from the University of Washington.
Beverly Atlee Bunn was born on April 12, 1916, in McMinnville, Oregon. to Chester Lloyd Bunn (a farmer) and Mable Atlee Bunn (a schoolteacher). Cleary was an only child and lived on a farm in rural Yamhill, Oregon, in her early childhood. She was raised Presbyterian. When she was six years old, her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where her father had secured a job as a bank security officer.
After high school, Cleary entered Chaffey College in Alta Loma, California, with aspirations of becoming a children's librarian. After two years at Chaffey, she was accepted to the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1938. She also met her future husband, Clarence Cleary, during her time at Berkeley. While in college, Cleary worked odd jobs to pay her tuition, including working as a seamstress and a chambermaid. In 1939, she graduated from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington with a master's degree in library science and accepted a year-long position as a children's librarian in Yakima, Washington. Her parents disapproved of her relationship with Cleary, a Roman Catholic, so the couple eloped and were married in 1940. After World War II, they settled in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
After her graduation from the University of Washington in 1939, she served as a children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, and then as the post librarian at the U.S. Army Hospital in Oakland, California. In 1942, she began working as a full-time writer for children.
Cleary's first book to center a story on the Quimby sisters, Beezus and Ramona, was published in 1955. A publisher asked her to write a book about a kindergarten student. Cleary resisted, because she had not attended kindergarten, but later changed her mind after the birth of her twins. She has written two memoirs, A Girl from Yamhill (1988) and My Own Two Feet (1995). During a 2011 interview for the Los Angeles Times, at age 95, Cleary stated, "I've had an exceptionally happy career."
In 1955, Cleary gave birth to twins, Malcolm and Marianne. Cleary has lived in Carmel Valley, California, since before her husband's death in 2004; as of 2016, she lives in a retirement home there.
In 1975, Cleary won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature". She was U.S. 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 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 over 25 different languages and have been recognized by many awards and honors. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal in 1984, and Newbery Honors were conferred on Ramona and Her Father in 1978 and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in 1982. She won 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), the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal (1980), and the Children's Book Council's Every Child Award (1985).
In 1997 Central Library in downtown Portland, Oregon, which serves as the main branch of the Multnomah County Library system, dedicated its children's room as the Beverly Cleary Children's Library.
In 2004, the University of Washington Information School completed fund-raising for the Beverly Cleary Endowed Chair for Children and Youth Services to honor her work and commitment to librarianship. In 2008, the school announced that she had been selected as the next recipient of the university's Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award, the highest honor the University of Washington can bestow on a graduate.
In June 2008, the neighborhood's K-8 school, formerly Fernwood Grammar School and once attended by Cleary, was officially renamed Beverly Cleary School.
In 2012, Ramona the Pest was ranked number 24 among all children's novels in a survey published by the School Library Journal, a monthly with a primarily U.S. audience. The Mouse and the Motorcycle (89) and Ramona and Her Father (94) were also among the top 100.
Cleary celebrated her 100th birthday on April 12, 2016, an event that was noted in several news sources. Cleary's birthday is now celebrated nation wide as D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read program.
In April 2016, on the occasion of her 100th birthday, Oregon Public Broadcasting produced an original half-hour program, Discovering Beverly Cleary, which included an extensive interview with Cleary at age 99 at her home in Carmel, California, and photographs and stories from her life. It was broadcast around her birthday on PBS stations across the country, and the program has received more than 1 million online views.
Beverly was born Beverly Atlee Bunn in Oregon, and she grew up as an only child. Beverly married Clarence Cleary in 1940, and the couple settled in Oakland, California with their two children.
Currently, Beverly Cleary is 106 years, 1 months and 17 days old. Beverly Cleary will celebrate 107th birthday on a Wednesday 12th of April 2023. Below we countdown to Beverly Cleary upcoming birthday.