Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old today. The award-winning author created the iconic characters Ramona Quimby, her sister Beezus, Henry Huggins, and of course, Ralph S. Mouse. More than half a century after her first book was published, sales are still strong, with more than 90 million books sold and counting.
The numbers tell a story of their own: three generations of readers, in 14 languages and 20 countries. Her first book, "Henry Huggins," was published in 1950. Her last book, "Ramona’s World," was published in 1999. That’s almost a book a year, every year, for 50 years.