Beverly Cleary, creator of Ramona Quimby, dies at 104

Truly a life well lived. I grew up reading Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby books and taught Dear Mr. Henshaw when I taught elementary school. 104 is remarkable, so I can’t say this is tragic, but it’s still sad.

Henry and Ribsy was the first book I read that really got me jazzed about books. I went from that to read many others by her that we had in our school library.

I remember the “dawnzer” thing. Hats off to a lady that contributed to my enthusiasm for reading and my literacy.

What a contributor to books. I maintain that reading both the Ellen and the Otis book is one of the best ways to teach a child empathy.

I loved all of her books as a child. I tore through them, and then re-read them several times. I have some old copies of various series lying around, but I haven’t managed to get my kids interested in them. I consider it one of my bigger failures as a parent. I’m kinda not kidding.

RIP Beverly, you gave so much to so many children. What a wonderful woman.