Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinnville,
Oregon. Her maiden name was Beverly Atlee Bunn.When she was young She lived on her fathers
farm in Yamhill. Most of her life was spent in Portland, Oregon during the depression
About two years later she transferred to the University of California,
Berkeley. She met her husband, Clarence Cleary, here when she was in her junior year.
Beverly studied to be a librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle.
In 1940 Beverly married Clarence. The very next year Beverly Cleary
published her first book titled Henry Huggins. Since then, she has written over 30
books and sold more than 10 million copies. Mrs. Cleary has won many awards, including the
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the honorable Newberry Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw.