Friday, April 30, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Ramona's World
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: My Own Two Feet
This is the second installment of Cleary's autobiography, from college to the publication of Henry Huggins. Her life was so interesting. After working her way through junior college and college during the Depression, she puts herself through graduate school studying library science. Cleary works for a year as a children's librarian, then works for several years as an Army librarian during World War II. She wrote Henry Huggins when she was 33!
I would have loved a third installment all about her writing, fame, motherhood, and awards because she's so fascinating. Her writing style was always matter-of-fact and humorous, which gave great insight into her personality while making every book a joy to read. What a treasure.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Petey's Bedtime Story
Friday, April 23, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Strider
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Muggie Maggie
Monday, April 19, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: A Girl From Yamhill
Friday, April 16, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Janet's Thingamajigs
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Lucky Chuck
Monday, April 12, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Happy Birthday!
Grant Park was the setting for many scenes in children's books by Beverly Cleary. In 1991, a group of teachers, librarians, and business people formed the Friends of Henry & Ramona, and began to raise funds for the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children. Portland artist Lee Hunt created life-sized bronze statues of three of Cleary's best-loved characters - Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Henry's dog Ribsy. Scattered around the concrete slab are granite plaques engraved with the titles of the Cleary books that take place in Portland - and a map of the neighborhood showing where events in the books "really happened." The Sculpture Garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Ramona Forever
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Dear Mr. Henshaw
I had remembered Leigh as being a kid writing to an author, but I forgot how much you learn about him through the letters. It’s interesting to see what he thinks of his life and how he portrays that to Mr. Henshaw. I especially love that we never see Mr. Henshaw’s letters to Leigh, but can still fill in the blanks by what’s written.
This book is really deep, and I think it was ahead of its time. I think Cleary is touching on so many interesting aspects of family life and divorced parents, especially considering this was published in 1983.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan
Thanks to @kidlitexchange and @sabina_writer for sharing the ARC of this book with me. It’s out TODAY from @scholasticinc!
Monday, April 5, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Ralph S. Mouse
Friday, April 2, 2021
Beverly Cleary Author Study: Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Thursday, April 1, 2021
An Emotional Menagerie: Feelings from A to Z
Before sharing my lesson ideas, it's important to establish the quality of this book just as a read-aloud. Even if you don't tie lessons into it, these poems are meant to be read to a classroom of students. The book is listed as being for ages 5+, but coming from a Montessori background had me envisioning reading these poems to Early Childhood students (as young as 3).