Cleary’s experiences as a late budding reader helped her empathize with young readers when she became an author. Young readers supplied Cleary with ideas for characters, characters who would represent regular kids.
In addition to winning over a huge fan base, Cleary is the winner of many honors and awards, including being named a “Library of Congress Living Legend”, and receiving the prestigious Newbery Medal, she even has a K-8th grade school in Portland named after her.
If I had to guess how many of Beverly Cleary’s books I own, I would say, “All of them!” So, like a good librarian I did a quick search and found out that Cleary has written over 40 works. Okay, so I don’t own ALL of her books, (I only own 15), mostly those in her “Ramona” series.
Although the last one was written in 1999, Cleary’s Ramona books have lasting appeal for children. Perhaps that is why they have sold in more than 20 different languages in 20 plus countries. Cleary says, "In 50 years the world has changed, especially for kids, but kids' needs haven't changed. They still need to feel safe, be close to their families, like their teachers and have friends to play with." Well said, and oh so true, as we well know being in the biz of early literacy, children’s programming and early childhood development.
In one of Cleary’s popular books, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, the concept of DEAR (“Drop Everything And Read”), was introduced. In this 1981 book Ramona and her classmates were given class time to stop what they were doing and read silently to themselves. This delighted Ramona, although she thought that “Sustained Silent Reading” sounded more grown-up than DEAR. If you are interested in the concept of DEAR visit the website www.dropeverythingandread.com.
Thanks so much Beverly Cleary for all you have done for the readers, librarians, parents, teachers and citizens of this world! Now, don’t you think it’s DEAR time! So, get on with it and thank Beverly Cleary while you are at it.
Thank you to Linda Annable at Newport for this great post! - CSD
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HANDS-ON PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL-AGE KIDS
Bubble Making with Violeta Garza (Multnomah County Library): Test several recipes to see which one makes the best bubbles!
Calming Jars with Kathy Street (Oregon Trail Library District): These gorgeous jars of glitter are a great tool for starting conversations about feelings and helping kids manage their emotions.
Island Dreams with Mary Beth Hustoles & Jessica Marie (Salem Public Library): An island themed activity course (indoor or out); instructions, demonstration and supplies to make Geckos, lanterns, Octopus and Hula Dancer crafts... and a couple of surprises.
Marble Runs with Carson Mischel & Lizzy Lowery (Beaverton City Library): We will be bringing two large peg boards and a variety of tubes, pulleys, string and other whatnots. Participants can use the supplies provided and their imagination to create marble runs on the peg boards!
Sign Language Storytime with Dawn Prochovnic (SmallTalk Learning): Sign language is the ultimate hands-on learning activity. Visit this Demonstration Station to explore and engage in a variety of tried and true Sign Language Story Time practices and related extension activities. We'll play games, sing songs, move and groove, use some props, and see some examples of a craft or two!
Tinker Tech with Lucinda Gustavson (Springfield Public Library): Come play with us! We have Little Bits, Snap Circuits, Makey Makey boards, Dash & Dot Robots, Cubelets, 3D pens, Magna Tiles and more. This is your chance to try out all those fun tech toys you've heard about.
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