When Beverly Cleary was a little girl, she struggled with reading. After finding out that books could be fun to read and stories could be fun to write, she grew up to write books of her own. Cleary never forgot what it was like to be a child who wanted something good to read. Her books are about children who have the same joys, fears, and frustrations that most of us have. She has won numerous awards, and for over fifty years, many children have enjoyed her books. Characters such as Ramona, Beezus, Henry Higgins, and Socks are known and loved by children all over the world.