Happy Birthday Bev!
What better way to celebrate National Library Week than with the 100th birthday of the author with some of the most library shelf-worthy books published in the second half of the 20th century. One of my favorites, Beverly Cleary turns 100 today. Ramona was ever present in my childhood and I remember reading every Beverly Cleary book multiple times. Her books have won numerous awards and dominated the children’s publishing world from 1950-1999. Though no new stories have been published in the past 16 years Cleary’s books are timeless and remain a staple on library and bookstore shelves everywhere. A quick search of CLCD of Beverly Cleary with a limiter of award and honor winner books only turned up an impressive amount of results as listed below. Celebrate today and this week by grabbing an old favorite or one you’ve never picked up before and have a read or pass along to a young student. Though the Newbery Award is the most prominent, take the time to discover the other awards and find titles by other authors that have won these lesser known honors alongside Cleary.
Newbery Award Winner and Honor Books
Golden Sower Award Honor Books
Young Reader’s Choice Award
Golden Kite Award
ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award
Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award
National Book Award
Young Hoosier Book Award