Judy Blume may have turned me into a reader, but I didn't become passionate about it until I held a Ramona Quimby book in my hands. (By the way, today is also Drop Everything And Read Day in honor of Ms. Cleary, who mentioned the program in Ramona Quimby, Age 8.)
  1. "One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since."
  2. "Quite often somebody will say, 'What year do your books take place?' and the only answer I can give is, in childhood."
  3. "She means well, but she always manages to do the wrong thing. She has a real talent for it." - Fifteen (1956)
  4. "I guess that’s what growing up is. Saying goodbye to a lot of things. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it isn’t. But it is all right." - The Luckiest Girl (1958)
  5. "Ramona could not understand why grown-ups always talked about how quickly children grew up. Ramona thought growing up was the slowest thing there was, slower even than waiting for Christmas to come. She had been waiting years just to get to kindergarten, and the last half hour was the slowest part of all." - Ramona the Pest (1968)
  6. "She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next." - Ramona the Pest (1968)
  7. "Nothing in the whole world felt as good as being able to make something from a sudden idea." - Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1981)
  8. "I am sort of medium...I guess you could call me the mediumest boy in the class." - Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983)
  9. "If you don't see the book you want on the shelves, write it."
  10. “I hope children will be happy with the books I’ve written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.” - Atlantic interview, 2011
  11. "Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school."
  12. "If I don't enjoy what I'm writing," she says simply, "I put it in the wastebasket. Because if I don't enjoy writing it, why would anybody enjoy reading it?" - L.A. Times interview, 2011
  13. “I don’t think anything will ever replace the pleasure of holding a book and turning its pages.” —Atlantic interview, 2011
  14. "I didn't start out writing to give children hope, but I'm glad some of them found it."
  15. Happy Birthday to Ms. Cleary, and thank you always for the role that Ramona, Henry, Beezus, Ralph S. Mouse, and all the others played in making me the reader I am today. 💛