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)

Author Profile

Full Name: Beverly Atlee Bunn
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)

Interesting Facts

  • 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.

Featured Books

Notable Characters Created

+ Ramona Quimby