PORTLAND, Ore. — Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!
“Quite often somebody will say, ‘What year do your books take place?’ and the only answer I can give is, ‘In childhood.’” #BeverlyCleary, who spent her own childhood in Portland, turns 103 today! Which of her lovable characters was your favorite growing up? #powellsbooks pic.twitter.com/2F63n8K36v
— Powell's Books (@Powells) April 12, 2019
Cleary’s birthday, April 12, was deemed National D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day to honor her accomplishments as a children’s author.
Her books have reportedly been translated into 14 languages and continue to sell today worldwide.
Cleary has won numerous prestigious literary awards and was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2005.
Happy 103rd birthday, Beverly Cleary! pic.twitter.com/LQWvUGJe9v
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 12, 2019