Happy birthday to celebrated children’s book author (and one of our faves) Beverly Cleary!

Born in Oregon in 1916, Beverly lived on a farm until 6 years old, when her family then relocated to Portland, which became the setting for several of her more than 40 books featuring her beloved characters Ramona, Beezus and Henry, among many others.

Prior to becoming an author, Beverly was a librarian. It was at the library that a young boy asked her “where are the books about kids like us?” His question served as the seed of inspiration for Beverly to write her first book Henry Huggins, which was published in 1950.

This book was the beginning of a long, storied career that has entertained and brought the love of reading to millions of children around the world. In fact, Beverly’s books have been published in over 25 different languages and more than 91 million have been sold!

In this brief interview with the Oregonian, before her 100th birthday, Beverly looks back on her career as a children’s book author growing up in Portland.

Thanks for the stories and the memories, Beverly!