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Beverly Cleary

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Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for DEAR MR. HENSHAW, and both RAMONA QUIMBY, AGE 8 and RAMONA AND HER FATHER have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

Beverly Cleary

Books by Beverly Cleary

Written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Louis Darling - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Youth Fiction

Now that Henry Huggins finally has a paper route, he doesn’t have much free time with his friends. Which makes the building of a boys-only clubhouse all the more important! With a top secret password for entry and an old stuffed owl keeping watch, Henry and his pals are thrilled with their private space. But Henry soon realizes that even a No Girls Allowed sign won’t keep out neighborhood pest Ramona Quimby --- and once Ramona gets mad, she just might cause the end of Henry’s newspaper career.

Written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Louis Darling. - Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Henry Huggins wants a new bicycle more than anything. Since money doesn’t grow on trees, Henry takes matters into his own hands and enlists the aid of neighborhood pal Beezus Quimby to help him make his dreams of wheeling down Klickitat Street on a shiny red bike come true. But somehow Henry and Beezus’s attempts to earn money go awry. Selling bubblegum on the playground lands them in trouble with the teacher, and bidding at a bicycle auction results in losing Beezus’s pesty little sister, Ramona. Still, no matter what they get into, Henry is lucky to have Beezus by his side.

Written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Louis Darling - Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Youth Fiction

For third grader Henry Huggins, life on Klickitat Street was just about as exciting as getting your tonsils out. That is, until a thump, thump, thump of a stray dog’s tail changed Henry’s life forever. From the moment the hungry pup, Ribsy, looked up longingly at Henry’s ice-cream cone while sitting on a downtown sidewalk, the two became inseparable. Beginning with trouble on the bus trip home that leads to a thrilling ride in a police car, Ribsy ensures that Henry will never have another dull moment. Together, Henry and Ribsy cause more excitement than Klickitat Street can handle!

Written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Louis Darling - Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Youth Fiction

When Henry Huggins sees his friend Scooter delivering newspapers, he’s seized with the desire for a paper route of his very own. But Scooter’s boss, Mr. Capper, won’t hire Henry because Henry’s not yet 11! While Henry waits impatiently for his birthday to come, he tries everything he can think of to get Mr. Capper to change his mind. But in the end it might just be pesky little Ramona Quimby who saves the day....

Written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Louis Darling. - Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Ever since the day Ribsy walked into Henry Huggins’s life, the pup’s appetite for adventure has gotten him into all kinds of trouble --- not least of which is stealing a policeman’s lunch. So when Henry asks his dad if Ribsy can go along on their big fishing trip, Mr. Huggins agrees under one condition: the dog must learn to behave himself first. Henry feels certain Ribsy can rise to the occasion. But his four-legged friend just can’t stop sniffing out scrapes. Whether terrorizing the garbage man or gobbling Ramona Quimby’s ice-cream cone, Ribsy’s a handful...and it’s going to take all of Henry’s ingenuity to come up with a solution.

Written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Louis Darling - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Youth Fiction

All Ribsy wanted to do that ordinary Saturday morning was ride along with his boy, Henry Huggins, in the family’s new station wagon. But a wild turn of events leaves Ribsy lost in a rainy mall parking lot, discovered by a rowdy group of little girls, and taken to a strange home where he’s scrubbed with flower-scented shampoo and petted half to death. Ribsy is desperate to find Henry, but he hits a roadblock when he can’t pick up Henry’s scent. Ribsy’s quest to get back home will take him places he never imagined going --- but if it reunites him with the boy who saved his life, every step of the way will be worth it.

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Classics, Youth Fiction

In this imaginative adventure from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check into the Mountain View Inn.

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers - Children's, Education, Humor

Eight-year-old Ramona Quimby's zest for life is infectious as ever. Whether speaking her mind to her third-grade teacher, or befriending her schoolyard bully, Ramona can't be kept down! Then one day an embarrassing incident in the classroom leaves Ramona completely humiliated. Can she bounce back from this one?

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers - Children's, Humor

In this third and final Mouse novel from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, Ralph heads to school to see what humans do all day . . . and to discover what the S in Ralph S. Mouse stands for!

by Beverly Cleary and Jacqueline Rogers - Children's, Humor, Social Issues

Ramona Quimby is excited to start kindergarten. Then she gets into trouble for pulling her classmate's boingy curls during recess. Even worse, her crush rejects her in front of everyone. Beezus says Ramona needs to quit being a pest, but how can she stop if she never was trying to be one in the first place?

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers - Children's, Family, Family Life, Humor

With a teacher who doesn't understand her, a tattletale classmate and a scary dog who follows her on the walk home from school, Ramona has a hard time acting like the big girl everyone expects her to be. But when she shows up to school with a missing shoe, Ramona gets a fresh grip on her courage in order to make it through a mortifying situation.

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers - Children's, Family, Fiction, Humor

Seven-year-old Ramona Quimby's world is turned upside-down when her father unexpectedly loses his job. Things grow tense in the Quimby house, but Ramona resolves to help in any way she can --- even downsizing her Christmas list. But with bills piling up and her parents constantly stressed, Ramona wonders if life will ever go back to normal.

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers - Children's, Family, Family Life, Humor

Ramona Quimby is no longer seven, but not quite eight. Not allowed to stay home alone, yet old enough to watch pesky Willa Jean, Ramona wonders when her mother will treat her like her older, more mature sister, Beezus. But with her parents' unsettling quarrels and some spelling trouble at school, Ramona wonders if growing up is all it's cracked up to be.

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Alan Tiegreen - Children's, Family, Family Life, Humor

Life can move pretty fast --- especially when you're in the third grade, your teenage sister's moods drive you crazy, and your mom has a suspicious secret she just won't share. Plus, Mr. Quimby's new job offer could have the entire family relocating. It's a lot to handle for Ramona. But whatever trial comes her way, Ramona can count on one thing for sure --- she'll always be Ramona…forever!

written by Beverly Cleary with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers - Children's, Humor

With a motorcycle to rev and the open road to see, Ralph S. Mouse is itching to run away from his overprotective family. But once he escapes to a summer campground nearby, the horrors of the wild make him doubt his plan. Then he befriends Garf, a sad and friendless boy at the camp. Though he wants desperately to be back home with his relatives, Ralph realizes that he may need to help Garf before he can help himself.

by Beverly Cleary

In RAMONA’S WORLD, Ramona is nine, the same age that her big sister Beezus was in BEEZUS AND RAMONA, and even though Ramona is still most definitely the little sister, she’s a brand-new big sister, too. And with that new role come new responsibilities, ones Ramona is not sure she’s ready for.