Beverly Cleary Quotes

  • I'm just lucky. I do have very clear memories of childhood. I find that many people don't, but I'm just very fortunate that I have that kind of memory.
  • We didn't have television in those days, and many people didn't even have radios. My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.
  • One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since.
  • With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down. I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
  • My mother always kept library books in the house, and one rainy Sunday afternoon - this was before television, and we didn't even have a radio - I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered I was reading and enjoying what I read.
  • I was an only child; I didn't have a sister, or sisters.
  • Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
  • People are inclined to say that I am Ramona. I'm not sure that's true, but I did share some experiences with her.
  • Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.
  • I had a bad time in school in the first grade. Because I had been a rather lonely child on a farm, but I was free and wild and to be shut up in a classroom - there were 40 children on those days in the classroom, and it was quite a shock.
  • In 50 years, the world has changed, especially for kids, but kids' needs haven't changed. They still need to feel safe, be close to their families, like their teachers, and have friends to play with.
  • Children want to do what grownups do.
  • I wrote books to entertain. I'm not trying to teach anything! If I suspected the author was trying to show me how to be a better behaved girl, I shut the book.
  • I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.
  • Ramona was originally an accidental character I added to the Henry Huggins books because I noticed that none of the characters had siblings. I added Ramona as Beazus' pestering little sister.
  • People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don't really read children's books.
  • In my grammar school years back in the 1920s I used my ten-cents-a-week allowance for Saturday matinees of Douglas Fairbanks movies. All that swashbuckling and leaping about in the midst of the sails of ships!
  • What interests me is what children go through while growing up.
  • I feel sometimes that in children's books there are more and more grim problems, but I don't know that I want to burden third- and fourth-graders with them.
  • Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
  • I wanted to be a ballerina. I changed my mind.
  • Otis was inspired by a boy who sat across the aisle from me in sixth grade. He was a lively person. My best friend appears in assorted books in various disguises.
  • I hope children will be happy with the books I've written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.
  • I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
  • I don't think children themselves have changed that much. It's the world that has changed.