I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
More Quotes from Beverly Cleary: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.
I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.
I wanted to be a ballerina. I changed my mind.
I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book. I just start with the part of the story that's most vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there.
I read my books aloud before they were published.
Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.
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