Posted on 03/29/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

News broke over the weekend that beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary had passed away at age 104.

For those who missed it, several media outlets — including NPR and the New York Times — have obituaries of her.

(Alternatively, Book Riot shared a list of 100 fun facts about Cleary in honor of her 100th birthday, a few years back.) 

But we wanted to share some reaction pieces, too, since her works touched literally generations of readers.

Some of those readers are everyday people who happen to share a home state, while others are big-name celebrities (as seen in Vulture’s remembrance piece).

Another is a NY Times essayist, who pinpoints Cleary’s dedication to writing about real life as the reason why we all loved her stories so much.

Still another is equally iconic writer Judy Blume, who described the Beezus and Ramona author as her inspiration and shared a cute story about the time their fan mail got swapped.

We’ll give the final word to Cleary herself: the Washington Post interviewed her as she was turning 100 years old, a fact that she seemed less than impressed by.

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