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Posts Tagged ‘Beverly Cleary’

NPR Unveils ‘Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey’ Summer Reading Lists

nprOn the hunt for a good book to take to the beach? NPR assembled a group of writers, librarians, and book critics to create 12 summer reading lists.

The team established a theme called “Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey.” Books were categorized depending on how well the stories fit the different modes of transportation: train, plane, car, bike, boat, foot, city transit, horse, balloon, rocketship, time, dragons, drugs, and giant peaches. Bibliophiles can help to add on to these lists by sharing titles on social media with the hashtag #bookyourtrip.

Here’s more from NPR‘s “Morning Edition” introductory story: “Our favorite thing about these lists is the surprising and funny combinations you get when you decide to look at a very specific slice of something. We love that Anna Karenina and The Little Engine That Could are side by side. On the car list, you’ll find Go, Dog. Go! and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And — perhaps for the first time ever — Che Guevara and Beverly Cleary are hanging out together with The Motorcycle Diaries and The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” What do you think?

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Beverly Cleary’s Portland Home For Sale

The childhood home of Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary is on the market.

The asking price of this property has been listed at $362,000. According to OregonLive, the real estate brokers who are handling the sale will allow students from the Beverly Cleary School to tour the house.

Here’s more from the article: “[Cleary] famously used her childhood surroundings as inspiration for her books for children and young adults. The house on Hancock is just blocks from Klickitat Street, the fictional home of Henry Huggins and Ramona and Beezus Quimby. It’s also near Beverly Cleary School and the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park.” (Image via)

HarperCollins Children’s Books Editorial Director Retires

HarperCollins Children’s Books editorial director and SVP Barbara Lalicki will retire at the end of the month after 40 years in publishing.

Rosemary Brosnan will be promoted to replace Lalicki. Editor in chief Kate Jackson broke the news in an internal memo. Here’s more from the EIC:

Barbara began her career at Coward, McCann/Putnam, moved to Four Winds Press/Scholastic, and Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, and then served as Vice-President and Editorial Director at Bradbury Press/Macmillan, National Geographic Society, Morrow Junior Books, and HarperCollins, where she has been Senior Vice- President and Editorial Director since 1999. Barbara has worked on many award-winning books, including the Newbery Honor Books Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World and the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mississippi Challenge, both by Mildred Pitts Walter. She also worked extensively with Beverly Cleary, Dan Gutman and Susan Jeffers.

Selena Gomez Stars in Beezus and Ramona Adaptation

Ramona And Beezus

In 1955, Beverly Cleary launched a beloved children’s book series with her title, Beezus and Ramona–focusing on the adventures of Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice.

A half century later, the book is being updated in an odd trend that includes the upcoming remake, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars. Check out the Beezus trailer embedded above. What do you think? Can Wikipedia Brown be far behind?

Jezebel made their opinion clear in a post entitled Ramona And Beezus: Blasphemy!. Here’s an excerpt: “‘I hope you guys like it!’ Selena Gomez says of her new Ramona and Beezus trailer. No. We don’t.”