Beverly Cleary — American Author born on April 12, 1916,

Beverly Cleary is an American writer of fiction for children and young adults. One of America's most successful writers of children's literature, she has sold 91 million copies of her books worldwide. Some of her best-known characters are Henry Huggins, Ribsy, Beatrice Quimby, her sister Ramona Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse. She won the 1981 National Book Award for Ramona and Her Mother and the 1984 Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw... (wikipedia)

I wanted to be a ballerina. I changed my mind.
With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down. I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
I particularly enjoy cello music because our daughter plays the cello. I have listened to her practice for so many hours that I am familiar with the music written for that instrument. I am also fond of the popular music of the 1930s because my future husband and I danced to it so many Saturday nights when we were in college.
Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
In my grammar school years back in the 1920s I used my ten-cents-a-week allowance for Saturday matinees of Douglas Fairbanks movies. All that swashbuckling and leaping about in the midst of the sails of ships!

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