|Has an author ever been more adorable?|
|OK fine, new movie Ramona is pretty adorable too.|
I also loved the 1988 TV series starring Sarah Polley, and wish we could all agree that they're the only screen adaptation of Ramona that the world needs.When I was about eight we got a pug puppy and I named her Ramona, because I wanted a friend just like her. This worked out well - pug attitudes aren't that far off from spunky little girl attitudes! I also loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle - not only the book, but the quirky 1987 TV special, which mixed live action with stop animation, and which I just discovered you can watch on YouTube in its entirety. Guess what I have on in the background? This movie and the Ramona TV shows were definitely my most-checked-out tapes from the library. Between the books and characters that my mom and I shared, the shows that I watched over and over again sprawled on the carpet, and my puppy who romped through our world with Ramona-like joy, my childhood was even more Beverly-ful than I remembered! And I wouldn't have had it any other way.
|Ramona the small pug and Darla the small Human|
The internet loves a celebration, and this milestone birthday is proving to be no exception.
In addition to their March/April edition dedicated to Beverly, The Horn Book has been publishing a series of posts celebrating her life and work
Bookriot has compiled an impressive list of 100 Awesome Things about Beverly Cleary on her 100th Birthday
Watch a delightful interview with and celebration of Beverly on the Today Show:
Bustle brings us a gif-filled listicle of 13 Ways "Ramona Quimby" Prepared Us for Adult Life
Mental Floss also brings us a list of Charming Beverly Cleary Tidbits
Beverly hails from Oregon, and so Oregon Public Broadcasting has put out a series of stories on her life and work, You can even quiz yourself on your Bev Book knowledge!
Turns out the 1988 Ramona TV series is also on YouTube!
Today is National Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) day. Guess why!
The Washington Post has a video featuring children's authors talking about their love for Beverly
The New York Times has shared highlights from their NYT Book Review coverage of Beverly's work over the years
How are you celebrating Beverly's birthday? What is your favorite Bev Book moment? Let us know in the comments!