Beverly Cleary, the author of several best-selling children’s books, turned 102 today and many of her fans are wishing her a very happy birthday.
Cleary is one of America’s most successful living authors with over 91 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
Some of her best-known characters are Henry Huggins, his dog Ribsy, Ramona Quimby and her sister Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse.
Most of Cleary’s books take place in the Grant Park neighborhood in northeast Portland, Oregon, where she grew up.
Beverly Atlee Bunn was born on April 12, 1916, in McMinnville, Oregon. She lived on a farm in Yamhill, Oregon in her early childhood and moved to Portland when she was six years old.
She met her husband Clarence Cleary during her time at the University of California at Berkeley.
Her first book, “Henry Huggins” was published in 1950 and its success led to a number of other books about Henry, his dog Ribsy, and his neighborhood friend Beezus and her little sister Ramona.
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