A series of books that I enjoyed reading while I was growing was about a boy named Henry Huggins, and his neighborhood friends. Names such as Beezus, Ramona, and even a mouse that rode a motorcycle became familiar to me. I didn’t realize until I had lived in Portland for almost 10 years that they were written about a neighborhood here. It added a special significance to the stories.
For over 45 years, Beverly Cleary has been entertaining children and young adults with her books and stories. The Family Site today looks at a place in cyberspace that honors her, and her work. Here you can find out about all the books she has written and the places she wrote about (yes, there is such a place as Klickatat Street). There are online testimonials from readers, as well as a list of all the books and the major characters in them. The amount of material here is wonderfully clear, and great for parents who would like background information on the stories. There is a FAQ, and information on how to write to Mrs. Cleary (snail mail only, no email).
The books of Beverly Cleary are still as entertaining today, as they were when they were first written. They fill the shelves of libraries all over the world, especially in the new Beverly B. Cleary Children’s Library located in Portland, Oregon. It was this exact library that inspired her love of books. The rest is, as they say, history.