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SpouseClarence Cleary
FactWon The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1975.

Beverly Cleary is an American author of children’s and young adult fiction. She has written over 40 books, including the Ramona series, Henry Huggins series, and Ralph S. Mouse series. Cleary’s books have sold over 91 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the National Medal of Arts and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

Born on April 12, 1916, in McMinnville, Oregon, Beverly Cleary was the only child of Mabel Atlee (née Hunt) and Chester Lloyd Cleary. Her father was a farmer and her mother was a former schoolteacher. Cleary’s parents were both strict Christians who did not allow her to read fiction or go to the movies. However, she was able to read and enjoy books from her school’s library.

Cleary began writing stories when she was in the third grade. She would often write about her favorite characters from the books she read, such as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. In 1938, she graduated from high school and attended the University of California, Berkeley. After two years of college, she transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle.

Cleary’s first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950. The book was based on a character she had created in one of her stories for third grade. The book was an instant success and led to a series of sequels, including Henry and Beezus (1952) and Ramona the Pest (1968).

The Ramona series follows the adventures of a young girl named Ramona Quimby as she navigates through childhood and adolescence. The books are some of Cleary’s most popular and have been adapted into a television series and two feature films.

The Henry Huggins series follows the adventures of a young boy living in Portland, Oregon. The books are lighthearted and humorous, and Cleary often includes references to her own childhood experiences in the stories.

The Ralph S. Mouse series follows the adventures of a mouse who lives in a hotel. The books are aimed at younger readers and are filled with humor and adventure.

Cleary has also written several standalone novels, including The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965), Ellen Tebbits (1951), and Strider (1966).

In addition to her writing, Cleary is an active philanthropist. She has established several scholarships for aspiring writers and has donated millions of dollars to libraries and literacy organizations.

Cleary is now retired from writing but her books continue to be popular with readers of all ages. She currently resides in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

General Info

Full NameBeverly Cleary
ProfessionAuthor, Librarian
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley, Chaffey College, University of Washington


SpouseClarence Cleary
ChildrenMalcolm James Cleary, Marianne Elizabeth Cleary
ParentsChester Lloyd Bunn, Mable Atlee Bunn


AwardsJohn Newbery Medal, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, Regina Medal, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Golden Kite Award for Fiction, National Book Award for Children’s Books (Fiction, Paperback)
NominationsNational Book Award for Children’s Books (Fiction, Hardcover)
MoviesRamona and Beezus
TV ShowsRamona

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1She attended the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington. She earned money for tuition with a variety of jobs, including seamstress and chambermaid.
2Graduated from the University of Washington in 1939.
3Won The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1975.
4Recipient of a (USA) National Medal of Arts, 2003.



Ramona and Beezus2010novels
Mouse on a Motorcycle1995book "The Mouse and the Motorcycle"
ABC Weekend Specials1986-1991TV Series novel - 3 episodes
Ramona1988TV Series novels


Today2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest

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