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Beverly Cleary Quotes

Beverly Cleary Quote: “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I don’t think children’s inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I didn’t start out writing to give children hope, but I’m glad some of them found it.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Problem solving, and I don’t mean algebra, seems to be my life’s work. Maybe it’s everyone’s life’s work.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I think the best teachers had a real interest in the subject they were teaching and a love for children.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “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.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “If she can’t spell, why is she a librarian? Librarians should know how to spell.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I wanted to be a ballerina. I changed my mind.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I hope children will be happy with the books I’ve written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “All knowledge is valuable to a librarian.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Neither the mouse nor the boy was the least bit surprised that each could understand the other. Two creatures who shared a love for motorcycles naturally spoke the same language.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “My favorite books are a constantly changing list, but one favorite has remained constant: the dictionary. Is the word I want to use spelled practice or practise? The dictionary knows. The dictionary also slows down my writing because it is such interesting reading that I am distracted.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “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.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Quite often somebody will say, ‘What year do your books take place?’ and the only answer I can give is, in childhood.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “She means well, but she always manages to do the wrong thing. She has a real talent for it.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I don’t ever go on the Internet. I don’t even know how it works.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I enjoy writing for third and fourth graders most of all.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “If we finished our work, the teacher would say, ‘Now don’t read ahead.’ But sometimes I hid the book I was reading behind my geography book and did read ahead. You can hide a lot behind a geography book.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Don’t eat so noisily. My grandmother used to say, ‘A smack at the table is worth a smack on the bottom.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “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.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “De Sooner De Better De Later De Letter De Madder I Getter.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Nothing in the whole world felt as good as being able to make something from a sudden idea.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I write in longhand on yellow legal pads.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “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.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I grew up before there were strict leash laws.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Today I discovered two kinds of people who go to high school: those who wear new clothes to show off on the first day, and those who wear their oldest clothes to show they think school is unimportant.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “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!”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “This morning the sun was shining, so Barry and I mailed my letter to Mr. Henshaw and then walked over to see if there were still any butterflies in the grove. We only saw three or four, so I guess most of them have gone north for the summer. Then we walked down to the little park at Lovers Point and sat on a rock watching sailboats on the bay for a while. When clouds began to blow in we walked back to my house.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I just wrote about childhood as I had known it.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “The key to writing successful YA is to keep the adults out of the story as much as possible.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I was an only child; I didn’t have a sister, or sisters.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “When I was in the first grade I was afraid of the teacher and had a miserable time in the reading circle, a difficulty that was overcome by the loving patience of my second grade teacher. Even though I could read, I refused to do so.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Ribsy jumped up on Henry and looked so eager that Henry couldn’t help petting him. “What am I going to do with you, anyway?” he asked.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I am not a pest,” Ramona Quimby told her big sister Beezus.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “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.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be ‘better’ children.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I have lovely memories of Los Angeles in the 1930s. I came down to live with my mother’s cousin and they invited me to come and go to junior college for a year.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don’t really read children’s books.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “What interests me is what children go through while growing up.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “He was dressed as if everything he wore had come from different stores or from a rummage sale, except that the crease in his trousers was sharp and his shoes were shined.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Children want to do what grownups do.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “I read my books aloud before they were published.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “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.”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Didn’t the people who made those license plates care about little girls named Ramona?”
Beverly Cleary Quote: “Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.”
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