Author Appreciation Week Day 2

17 March 2010

My internet was having problems yesterday, so I'm doing a make-up post today!
My favorite author when I was little was Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones books. She was my hero, writing funny and awesome books on Junie B., my favorite character at that time!

There was the original Junie B.
And the "new" Junie B.Junie B. is the funniest, cutest character ever, and the illustrator is just as amazing! Thank you Barbara Park, for Junie B. Jones!!


Another favorite author when I was little included Beverly Cleary! She's an amazing author who's classical books captured me and took me into the world of "back then" :D

I was introduced to her fabulous writing with the Ramona Quimby books. Ramona was the absolute, most awesomest character ever! All the characters, all the books, were absolutly spectacular! Beverly Cleary is an amazing author whom I thank warmly for writing The Beverly Cleary books!

own story is as lively and irresistible as any of her novels. She was born Beverly Bunn in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. Beverly learned to love books there.

Leaving Yamhill did not distress me, for home was wherever my parents lived. I looked forward to Portland, where I would have children close by to play with, school, a real teacher who would teach me to read. -- A Girl from Yamhill

When the family moved to Portland, where Beverly attended grammar school and high school, she soon found herself in the low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers. By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew.

As rain beat against the windows, a feeling of peace came over me as I wrote far beyond the required length of the essay. I had discovered the pleasure of writing, and to this day, whenever it rains, I feel the urge to write. Most of my books are written in winter. -- A Girl from Yamhill

In 1934, Beverly Bunn left home to attend college in California, which she imagined as the land of orange groves and movie stars, far removed from the hardships of the Depression. As a young woman "who was sure where she wanted to go but did not know if she could find the money to get there," she juggled studies of Chaucer and French grammar with the many chores that came with life in a student cooperative house. She also found time to eat a bacon and tomato sandwich with a quiet young man named Clarence Cleary.

The bells of the Campanile, and even the smell of catsup, lifted my spirits when I returned to Cal. Red roses from Clarence delivered by a florist, the wildest extravagance, lifted them even more. -- My Own Two Feet

After graduation from junior college in Ontario, California, and the University of California at Berkeley, Beverly Bunn entered the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle. There she specialized in library work with children.

Work as a librarian brought her into contact with all sorts of youngsters, from the children of the unemployed to the offspring of doctors and lawyers. But it was the children who built scooters out of apple boxes and roller skates who truly inspired her. They asked, "Where are the books about kids like us?" and the young librarian responded with her first book, about a boy named Henry who had a dog named Spareribs-later changed to Ribsy.

What was writing for children but written story-telling? So in my imagination I stood once more before the yakima's story-hour crowd as I typed the first sentence: 'Henry Huggins' was in the third grade.'

She was the Children's Librarian in Yakima, Washington, until she married Clarence Cleary and moved to California. The Clearys are the parents of twins, now grown.

Don't you love classic, awesome, children's authors? They make being a child fun!

5 thoughts:

  1. Oh I remember this character from a long time ago. Nice pick for a author :)

  2. You know, I don't think about children's books and authors as much now, being older. But they're really quite important, aren't they? I'm glad you posted about these two.

  3. I love classic children's authors! Wow. I haven't read the Junie B. Jones books is so long.

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