Author Spotlight

Celebrating 100 Years of Beverly Cleary

There are a lot of ways youth-serving library staff are different from each other, but there are usually at least three things we have in common: We love good books. We love good authors. We love good parties. This April we’ve all got a chance to combine all those things together!  April 12 is the 100th birthday of beloved author Beverly Cleary, and we’ve got ideas for celebrating! While these days she lives in California, Mrs. Cleary’s stories of the kids, families, and pets populating Klickitat Street in Portland, Oregon, live on in the imagination of readers everywhere. She was one of the first authors to write about everyday kids doing the things many kids can relate to, like dealing with bullies or pining after a new pet. She was also the first person to write about a mouse riding a motorcycle (as far as I can tell she’s the…