Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

I don`t normally forward a link to a news article, but I just found this and can`t resist.

I just adore Beverly Cleary. On April 12, 2016 she turned 100 years old–can you believe it!

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Whenever someone learns my name is Ramona, they ask if I read the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. I tell them that I am pretty sure they were based on me. In the 60`s, my mom read Henry and the Clubhouse, Ramona the Pest and Henry and Ribsy to my brother and me each night, with our huge collie in bed with us.  I was very confused: how did this author I`d never met know me so well, and why did she write a whole book about me!  The illustrator, Louis Darling, even captured my unruly hair and untied shoes.

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Look, I still have them on my book shelf!

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Thank you, Beverly Cleary, for years and years of joy and laughter!

You can read a great article about her on Today Parents, here.  And if you haven`t already read one of her books, it doesn`t matter what your age, treat yourself to any one of them (especially the three above), and experience the warmth and feel-good humor of this dear author.

Also, check out my review of Beezus and Ramona (originally posted at Best Children`s Books)!

Best Children’s Books and Much, Much More

While browsing around for children’s books (to read and study for word counts, language, etc.), I naturally googled “Best Children’s Books”. That took me to a wonderful website by that name. It is so full of useful information that even after an hour or so of browsing I feel like I have only scratched the surface!

Steve Barancik’s site includes not only book reviews and children’s book lists by categories, but also tips on how to make your child a better reader, free online reading, how to write for children, how to make money from your website, and more.

And you can see MY reviews by typing in Ramona Heikel in the site’s search box, or look for the reviews with “RH” beside them! Here are 2 of them to transport you back to a kid’s world for a moment…

Ramona’s Book review of Frankly Frannie, by A. J. Stern
Ramona’s Book review of Beezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary