95 years old today! Happy Birthday!
I don't know how elementary schools run today. My girls aren't quite there yet and I taught in middle and high so those kids were a little bit beyond her, but I don't think it should be possible to get through childhood without Beverly Cleary books!
I of course read the Ramona books but also loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Dear Mr. Henshaw. And I never made the connection until now that many of her books are illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky -- author of the Rapunzel book. Small world right?
Anyway, her website has all of her titles of course plus resources for parents and educators and a neat interview with Beverly Cleary herself. If you live in the Portland, Oregon area there is also a Beverly Cleary sculpture garden for children. Lucky ducks!!
And it's also (according to Ramona Quimby) National Drop Everything and Read Day! D.E.A.R. That sounds like a good idea to me, now what to read what to read . . .