Born: 12 April 1916
Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon
Best known as: The author of the Ramona books for children
<p>Name at birth: Beverly Atlee Bunn</p>
Beverly Cleary published Henry Huggins, her first book, in 1950. The adventures of Henry and his neighborhood pals continued in a series of books featuring a spunky little girl named Ramona Quimby. Cleary has written over 30 books for children, including The Mouse and The Motorcycle and the Newbery-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw. Cleary has also published two memoirs, A Girl From Yamhill and My Own Two Feet.
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