Do you love to read? Do you know WHEN you loved to read? How it came to be? Did you
fall in love with a particular book, or character?
For a couple generations of us the writer was…is..Beverly Cleary.
She turns 100 today, living in a care home in Carmel, and is officially the “drop everything and read” day. Her dozens of books have sold nearly a hundred million copies. One of the first authors of real-seeming children–Ramona, Beezus–she is so beloved that appreciations are appearing everywhere, including The New Yorker, CNN, The New York Times.
My Grandma Myrtle was a third grade teacher for many years at Lone Star School in Fresno and then then at John Wash School in Sanger.
When I was in the third grade, Beverly Cleary visited Grandma’s Myrtle’s school. I was so excited, I got every one of her books from the library at Browns Valley Elementary school. My favorite was The Mouse and the Motorcycle, about Ralph S. Mouse who lives in a hotel. It was so exciting, Beverly Cleary in person!
Not at my school, mind you, at Grandma’s school, which 200 miles away.
Still, it felt like a real personal connection.
A connection most of her readers still feel.