Beverly Cleary

1916 - 2021

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Beverly Atlee Cleary (née Bunn; April 12, 1916 – March 25, 2021) was an American writer of children's and young adult fiction. One of America's most successful authors, 91 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. Some of her best known characters are Ramona Quimby and Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, and Ralph S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Beverly Cleary has received more than 2,597,223 page views. Her biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Beverly Cleary is the 6,475th most popular writer (down from 5,715th in 2019), the 12,167th most popular biography from United States (down from 10,544th in 2019) and the 893rd most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.6M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 40.83

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 28

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.41

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.83

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Ramona Forever
nagging, soap operas, Humorous Stories
If you're not already a Beverly Cleary fan, you'll discover why she's such a popular author when you read Ramona Forever, the newest adventure in the Quimby family series. This story of a grown-up third grader who is sometimes a pest but always wonderful will keep you smiling till the very last page.
Ramona and Her Father
Fathers, Growing Up, Elementary School
Lately Ramona had the terrible feeling that she was the only happy member of the Quimby family. Since her father lost his job, he seemed too worried to love her anymore. Ramona's mother and big sister Beezus had become awfully busy and and grouchy. Even Picky-picky, the family cat, was grumpy. He didn't like her new cheaper food and had eaten the Quimby's Halloween jack-o'-lantern instead. Ramona tried everything she could to make things better. With Beezus's help she launched a campaign to stop her father from smoking so much, but he didn't seem to appreciate it. Ramona also tried to act adorable, like kids in TV commercials. Mr. Quimby said the boy who sang the Whopperburger jingle made a million dollars year! Ramona wanted to make a million dollars, too, because then her father would surely be fun again.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
People & Places, social themes, friendship
A young mouse named Ralph looked out of his mousehole in Room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. The New tenant of the room, a boy, was playing with a little motorcycle just the right size for a mouse. Ralph could hardly wait till the boy left the room. Hurriedly he scrambled up the telephone cord to the bedside table, where the motorcycle was parked. With growing excitement, Ralph mounted the handsome machine and grasped its handgrips. Suddenly the telephone rang, and the motorcycle with its rider rolled off the table into the metal wastebasket. Ralph was sure he was doomed to be thrown out with the trash. Instead, the mouse found an unexpected career as a motorcyclist opening up to him. Beverly Cleary's first excursion into fantasy is a real triumph in the world of children's books.
Ramona and Her Mother
Fiction, Juvenile audience, Juvenile works
Now that her daddy has a job, Ramona hopes that her mother will stop working. If Mrs. Quimby stays home again, Ramona won’t have to stay with Howie’s grandmother after school, and her parents won’t be so tired and irritable. And maybe Ramona, like her sister, Beezus, will be singled out in front of company as “her mother’s girl.” Ramona knows that would make her feel good. But life at the Quimby household is not going to be as it was. Ramona’s mother will keep her job. Still, she’ll never be too busy to pay attention to Ramona…will she? —back cover
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Beverly Cleary, Newbery, Newbery Honor
***Now that Ramona is eight-years-old, she's doing all kinds of things she's never done before.*** She's in a new school with a new teacher, and best of all, s e takes the school bus--all by herself! But since her mother works and her daddy's in art school, Ramona has to stay with old Mrs. Kemp every day until Beezus comes for her. And as if all that isn't bad enough, **she has to be nice to four-year-old Willa Jean.** ***Ramona knows the family is depending on her to be brave with all those changes. but sometimes it's hard. Can Ramona really handle a new school, help out at home, put up with Willa Jean, and still keep smiling?***
Runaway Ralph
watchdogs, motorcycling, camping
One of the most popular characters ever created by Beverly Cleary is the small brown mouse named Ralph, whose modest appearance disguises the soul of a daredevil. Now he returns in a book that tells of his adventures when he runs away on his mouse-sized motorcycle. Ralph's destination is a summer camp, for medium-sized boys and girls, where he hopes crumbs are dropped from many peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. After an exciting ride through the night, the intrepid Ralph arrives. Instead of finding freedom. however, he lands in a cage, doing endless loop the loops on his exercise wheel. A lonely boy named Garf brings him sunflower seeds and water, but there is no communication between the two. How Ralph and Garf discover they speak the same language involves a villainous cat, a grouchy hamster, and many campers. Each episode is funnier than the last. On one level, Mrs. Cleary's story is an amusing tour de force. On another, she says something important about running away that is all the more effective because it is unobtrusive.

Page views of Beverly Clearies by language

Over the past year Beverly Cleary has had the most page views in the with 166,787 views, followed by French (2,478), and Japanese (2,050). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Italian (190.94%), Catalan (62.75%), and Hungarian (56.67%)


Among writers, Beverly Cleary ranks 6,475 out of 7,302Before her are John Suckling, Lionel Shriver, Peter Stamm, Stephen Chbosky, Forrest J Ackerman, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. After her are Fatou Diome, Mark Akenside, Sabine Baring-Gould, Marc Connelly, Rohinton Mistry, and Walter Besant.

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Among people born in 1916, Beverly Cleary ranks 300Before her are Kanan Devi, Bill Melendez, Hal Smith, Óscar Cristi, Lucille Bliss, and Forrest J Ackerman. After her are Richard Hofstadter, William Alland, Tony Bettenhausen, Paul Emery, Mark Stevens, and Nilufer Hanımsultan. Among people deceased in 2021, Beverly Cleary ranks 636Before her are Mike Enzi, Georgi Dimitrov, Paulias Matane, Cléber Eduardo Arado, Hamed Bakayoko, and Ioannis Palaiokrassas. After her are John Shelby Spong, David Darling, Boško Abramović, Cara Williams, Ian St John, and Gert Blomé.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Beverly Cleary ranks 12,167 out of 20,380Before her are Aimee Mullins (1975), Franklin Graham (1952), Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872), Aunjanue Ellis (1969), Benny Brown (1953), and Kim Thayil (1960). After her are Patty McCormack (1945), Paula Cole (1968), John Shelby Spong (1931), Rusty Wailes (1926), Michele Bachmann (1956), and James van Hoften (1944).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Beverly Cleary ranks 893Before her are Amy Sherman-Palladino (1966), Ellen Glasgow (1873), Lionel Shriver (1957), Stephen Chbosky (1970), Forrest J Ackerman (1916), and Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872). After her are Marc Connelly (1890), Norman Podhoretz (1930), Tracy Hickman (1955), Sue Monk Kidd (1948), William Kennedy (1928), and Lionel Trilling (1905).