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8 must-read books by beloved children’s writer Beverly Cleary
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8 must-read books by beloved children’s writer Beverly Cleary

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Celebrated children's author Beverly Cleary has died at 104 years old.

Author Beverly Cleary, a former librarian, turned out a library’s worth of stories over a writing career that spanned more than 50 years.

Cleary, who died in March at age 104, introduced beloved characters to generations of school-age children, with more than three dozen books, starting in 1950 with the novel “Henry Huggins.”


Beverly Cleary signs books at the 1998 Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif. The beloved children’s author’s more than three dozen books enthralled generations of youngsters.

Here are eight picks for essential Beverly Cleary reads.

This story includes reporting by Brian O’Shea of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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