Cleary empowered kids to be themselves

The popular children's author created characters that children can relate to, imbuing them with impishness and meddlesomeness.



April 6, 2021 - 9:45 AM

In 2003, then US President George W. Bush stands with recipients of the National Medal of Arts in the Oval Office of the White House. From left, Blues musician Buddy Guy; dancer and artistic director Suzanne Farrell; Bush; children's book author Beverly Cleary; and actor-director Ron Howard. Cleary has passed away at age 104. Photo by (TIM SLOAN/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

There is, inherently, a timelessness to great writing. Beverly Cleary was a great writer.

“Don’t pester, Ramona,” said Mrs. Quimby. “I’ll get you there in plenty of time.”

“I’m not pestering,” protested Ramona, who never meant to pester. She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting that she had to find out what happened next.

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