My musings on reading and writing

Encouraging children to read

I just finished reading an article about Beverly Cleary, the children’s book writer who created for us those memorable characters…Ramona, Beezus, Henry Huggins.
As a children’s book author (The Worst Christmas Ever; Fingerprints on the Table; The Phantom Five,) I read with interest an observation that Cleary wrote amusing, but convincing stories that connected her characters with young readers.
In the article, Cleary talks about the letters she received from adult readers who said her characters gave them hope as children.
Cleary encourages parents to read aloud to their children, which creates still another connection between the reader and listener,
Encouraging our children to read is a priceless gift. What book characters do you remember from your childhood and why? What characters will your children and grandchildren remember?

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