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Best Beverly Cleary Books

Introduce your child to to the vibrant characters of this Library of Congress "Living Legend."
 
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Beezus and Ramona
Series: Ramona Quimby
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Ramona Quimby is the youngest of all the famous characters in Mrs. Cleary's wonderful Henry Huggins stories. She is also far and away the most deadly. Readers of the earlier books will remember that Ramona has always been a menace to Beezus, her older sister, to Henry, and to his dog Ribsy.

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Mouse and the Motorcycle, The
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Louis Darling

Young Ralph lives in a knothole in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn, and in his short life he’s seen plenty of families come and go. The only difference, it seems, is that some are more generous with their crumbs than other.

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Ramona and Her Father
Series: Ramona Quimby
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Favorite author Beverly Cleary has been awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for 40 years of distinguished writing for children, and her best-selling books about Ramona, a well-meaning but often misguided little sister, certainly fall into that category.

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Runaway Ralph
by Beverly Cleary

Acclaimed author Beverly Cleary first introduced the irrepressible Ralph S. Mouse in her beloved The Mouse and the Motorcycle. In this award-winning sequel, Ralph points his mouse-sized red motorcycle toward a life of speed, danger, and excitement. Readers are in for a rollicking ride.

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Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Second grader Leigh Botts adores a book about dog training by author Mr. Boyd Henshaw. To fulfill a school assignment, Leigh painstakingly writes to Mr. Henshaw and tells him how much he "licked" his book. And he keeps writing to him.

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Emily’s Runaway Imagination
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Joe Krush , Beth Krush

Set in the 1920s, in small-town America, this joyful story will tickle the imagination of middle-grade readers.

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Ramona the Brave
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen

In this touching and funny story, the ebullient Ramona, feeling brave and grown-up, enters first grade. Quickly she finds that her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, appears perplexed by pupils who like to be different. Since Ramona cannot help being different, clearly the two are incompatible.

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Two Times the Fun
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Carol Thompson
Jimmy and Janet are twins, but that doesn't mean they are just alike.

When we first meet Jimmy, he wants to dig a real hole. He likes to use a real, grown-up shovel. While he's working, his sister, Janet, pretends to be a bird! She likes to use her imagination.

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Henry Huggins
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Louis Darling

Genuinely funny books for children are few and far between. So, when a story like Henry Huggins comes along, it comes to stay. Children everywhere see themselves in this irresistible boy's adventures.

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Ribsy
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Louis Darling

Ribsy is having a rough week. He has a nasty little flea nipping away at him underneath his collar. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to get at it.

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Socks
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Beatrice Darwin , Alan Tiegreen
Socks is the name of a character created by Beverly Cleary. He is a young tabby cat with four white paws, and he lives happily with a young married couple, Marilyn and Bill Bricker. The center of the Bricker household, Socks rules it affectionately but firmly.

Into this loving home, however, comes another pet.

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Strider
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Strider has a new habit. Whenever we stop, he places his paw on my foot. It isn't an accident because he always does it. I like to think he doesn't want to leave me.

Can a stray dog change the life of a teenage boy? It looks as if Strider can.

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Mitch and Amy
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by George Porter , Alan Tiegreen
Double Trouble...

Mitch and Amy both think being twins is fun, but that doesn't stop them from squabbling. Amy is good at reading. Mitch is a math whiz. Amy likes to play pretend. Mitch would rather skateboard. They never want to watch the same television show.

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