Oregon Delegation Honors Author Beverly Cleary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) joined Oregon’s Delegation in the House of Representatives – Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) 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, 2021 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 wonderful characters helped inspire a love of reading in generations of American children,” said Rep. 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,” Rep. Blumenauer said. “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.”
“I was saddened to hear of Beverly Cleary’s passing,” said Rep. 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 U.S. Senators representing Oregon Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.