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

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 Alan Tiegreen , 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 Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky , Louis Darling

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 Tracy Dockray

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.

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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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