by Vicki Conrad; Illustrated by David Hohn
little bigfoot. 2019
Grades 3 up
A enchanting picture book biography that tells the story of beloved author, Beverly Cleary, a struggling reader who grew to be a popular children’s book author.
Beverly Bunn was born April 12, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon. She grew up on a farm in Yamhill, Oregon. “She had no siblings and there were no other children nearby, so her playmates were farm animals. She fed baby birds, climbed trees, and followed horses around the fields.” Learning to read was a challenge for young Beverly, but once she learned how she fell in love with books. She loved books so much that she became a Librarian!
Beverly dreamed of writing stories for children. Her first book was a funny story about a boy and his dog riding the street car. Do you know the title? Henry Huggins and his dog, Ribsy.
Back matter includes a lengthy author’s note, and a timeline of Cleary’s life.
As of this writing, Cleary is still alive at 103 years young!
A perfect introduction for fans of all Beverly Cleary’s books.