Beverly Cleary’s books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the 2003 National Medal of Art from the National Endowment of the Arts and the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Her Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were named 1978 and 1982 Newbery Honor Books, respectively. (via Web)
Birth Date: April 12, 1916
Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater: University of California, Berkeley
University of Washington
Occupation: Writer, Librarian
Awards: National Book Award (1981), Newbery Medal (1984), Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (1975)
- In 1995, statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and Ribsy the dog who are all of Beverly Cleary’s characters were being unveiled in Oregon’s Grant Park.
- Ramona Quimby is Bev’s most famous character which has eight books in the Ramona book series.
- Other notable characters in the same series also include Mrs. Dorothy, Beezus, Mr. Roberty Quimby, Howie, Roberta, and Picky.
- Six books were published in Bev’s Henry Huggins book series as well with the highlighted characters like Scooter, the Grumbles, Robert, Byron Murphy and Mary Jane.
Notable Characters Created
First appearance: Henry Huggins (1950)
Last appearance: Ramona’s World
Family: Mr. Robert Quimby (Father), Mrs. Dorothy Quimby (Mother), Beezus Quimby (Older Sister), Roberta Quimby (Younger Sister), Beatrice (Aunt), Howie Kemp (Uncle Hobart’s nephew, Picky – Picky (Late pet Cat)
During her earlier appearances, Ramona was depicted as an imaginative but infuriating nursery schooler and the younger sister of Beatrice Quimby who often insisted upon tagging along with her older sister and her friends and often managed to cause them agitation or sometimes even spoil their fun with her imaginative mischief.
However, Ramona saw her first major role when the author decided to focus on her viewpoint more than that of other characters in the book Ramona the Pest. Here, Ramona is portrayed as an anxious, curious little girl about to start kindergarten who is in a hurry to mature, although she frequently and unintentionally manages to annoy those around her; she tugs at a classmate’s curls out of curiosity and winds up being suspended from school, she disrupts naptime for her fellow pupils while striving to earn the position of “Wake-Up Fairy” for the day, and misunderstands the lyrics to the national anthem.