Thursday, January 31, 2008

Beverly Cleary Forever

Just passing along a link to the Oregonian's recent profile of the 91-and-still-magnificent Beverly Cleary. (Note: The site makes you fill in some vital stats before allowing you to read the whole article. Saying that my zip was 11111 and that I was born an M in 2008 worked for them.)

During the interview, "she declined to speculate about the cultural implications of some studies that show children read less than they once did. 'I don't think I'm qualified,' Cleary said matter-of-factly, 'because I only hear from children who do read.' "

Love it. Love her books.

To hear Mrs. Cleary talk about writing, Ramona, and the future of the book, check out this 2006 All Things Considered interview from NPR.

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