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Oregon Delegation Honors Author Beverly Cleary

May 12, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [05/12/21] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) led Oregon’s Delegation in the House of Representatives – Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), and Cliff Bentz (OR-02) – in honoring award-winning author and Oregonian, Beverly Clearly, with a resolution in her memory.

Cleary wrote many beloved children’s books, including the Ramona Quimby series. She died on March 25 at the age of 104. The resolution honors her lifelong commitment to brightening the lives of children and her outstanding contributions to children’s literature, and it recognizes her as “one of the most significant and successful authors of the 20th century.”

“Beverly Cleary’s timeless books have brought joy to children for generations, inspiring young readers and encouraging them to use their imaginations throughout their lives,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Beverly Cleary made the world a better place. She had a remarkable talent for writing books that children and parents adore. Although she has passed away, I am grateful that her characters and words remain with us and will continue to engage and enlighten children for years to come.”

“Beverly Cleary’s wonderful characters helped inspire a love of reading in generations of American children,” said Congressman Peter DeFazio. “Families today still enjoy reading her books together. It’s clear that her writing has left an indelible mark on American literature and her spirit will live on through her timeless stories.”

“Beverly Cleary was a Portland icon – and an essential part of my northeast Portland neighborhood where she grew up – who will long be remembered for her literary contributions and the joy she brought to children and adults alike,” said Congressman Earl Blumenauer. “While we mourn this immense loss, her spirit will live on in the delightful characters she gifted us, from the irrepressible Ramona Quimby to Henry Huggins. I have no doubt that these stories, along with the statues in Grant Park, will continue to inspire young readers for generations to come. I know that she will always be part of our family.”

“Beverly Cleary brought a slice of Oregon to children everywhere through the adventures of her iconic characters, set in her childhood Northeast Portland neighborhood,” said Congressman Kurt Schrader. “Her beloved books have helped guide generations of children, including my own, through the challenges and triumphs that come with growing up. While Cleary is greatly missed, her memory and stories will continue to be shared in homes and schools around the world.”

“I was saddened to hear of Beverly Cleary’s passing,” said Congressman Cliff Bentz. “She was a pioneer in the field of writing and literature. She brought hours of reading enjoyment to many children. I am honored to be a cosponsor of the House Resolution honoring Beverly Cleary for her many life accomplishments.”

The full text of the resolution can be viewed here. The resolution was introduced in the Senate by Senator Ron Wyden (OR) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR).