Beverly Cleary Thinks Kids Have it Tough Today

By Dianna Dilworth 

Beverly Cleary turns 100 this year and to celebrate she plans to eat carrot cake.

The author of Ramon Quimby, Age 8, spoke with The Washington Post recently, and discussed her thoughts on how children’s live have changed today. “I think children today have a tough time, because they don’t have the freedom to run around as I did — and they have so many scheduled activities,” she said.

Cleary recently told The Today Show that she is most proud of, “The fact that children love my books.”

Cleary’s birthday has been marked by HarperCollins, who recently published new editions of her popular books: Henry HugginsRamona Quimby, Age 8 and The Mouse and the Motorcycle.