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Beverly Cleary Quotes

28 Beverly Cleary quotes:

"Children want to do what the grownups do. Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school."
"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 enjoy writing for third and fourth graders most of all."
"I grew up before there were strict leash laws."
"I had a very wise mother. She always kept books that were my grade level in our house."
"I read my books aloud before they were published."
"I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up."
"I was an only child; I didn't have a sister, or sisters."
"I'm very surprised at the high number of boys who have written to say that reading my books was hard work but worth it. I have many loyal boy readers."
"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."
"People are usually surprised to hear this, but I don't really read children's books."
"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."
"Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there."
"I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library."
"My books take place in a very specific neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. It must be the most stable neighborhood in the United States."
"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."
"Children want to do what grownups do."
"My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening. She read mainly travel books."
"Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school."
Author: Cleary Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Reading Quotes
"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."

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