Beverly Atlee Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is an American children's author.

Her largest and best-known collection of books (too loose-knit to be really a "series", although there is a chronological order) involves a group of children that includes Literature/HenryHuggins (and his dog Ribsy), Henry's friend Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby and her little sister Ramona, and Ramona's friend Howie Kemp. [[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona]] is the break-out star character of the series. They were adapted into a TV series in the [=1980s=] (called ''Ramona''), and a movie (called ''Ramona and Beezus'') was released in 2010.

Another well-known series by Beverly Cleary begins with ''[[Literature/RalphSMouse The Mouse and the Motorcycle]]'', about a mouse who befriends a lonely boy and discovers a useful but never-quite-explained ability to [[SurprisinglyFunctionalToys drive toy vehicles as if they were real]].

Part of what makes the books work so well is the portrayal of various events that are a huge deal to a child. Beverly Cleary's insight into the minds of children also creates a large cast of very realistic characters easy for both children and adults to relate to.

Her birthday, April 12th, is designated as "Drop Everything and Read Day" in American elementary schools, in which lessons stop and the students simply read whatever they want silently. As of April 12 2018, she is 102 years young.

!!Works by Beverly Cleary with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/HenryHuggins'' series
* ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' series
* ''Literature/RalphSMouse'' series
* ''Literature/DearMrHenshaw'' (her only book to win the UsefulNotes/NewberyMedal)
* ''Literature/EmilysRunawayImagination''
* ''Literature/MitchAndAmy''

!!Beverly Cleary's other works provide examples of:

* ArcWords: In ''Otis Spofford'', various adults keep warning Otis that "[he'll] get his comeuppance."
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Austine has been annoying Ellen all day by untying the sash of her dress, and when Ellen feels her sash get untied again, she decides it's TheLastStraw, whirls around and slaps Austine across the face. Only it wasn't Austine who untied the sash that time... it was [[spoiler:Otis]].
* BrilliantButLazy: Otis gets in trouble during class because he finishes his schoolwork ahead of time.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Averted in ''Otis Spofford'' since Otis does his best to get into trouble. Otis' class puts on a fake bullfight as part of a school performance, and Otis (as the front half of the bull) goes off script and causes the bull to win the fight. As the teacher is preparing to chew him out, several parents approach and tell her how hilarious the fight was and what a good idea it was to have the bull win. Otis doesn't get in trouble from the teacher, and outruns the two boys who played the toreador and the back half of the bull.
* CoordinatedClothes: In ''Ellen Tebbits'', Ellen and Austine decide to dress like twins for the first day of school and ask their mothers to make them matching dresses. It doesn't turn out the way they hoped, as Austine's mother isn't a particularly good seamstress and Austine's dress turns out badly.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Otis Spofford'', whose title character originally had a supporting role in ''Ellen Tebbits''.
* DudeNotFunny: Invoked in ''Otis Spofford'' when Otis cuts Ellen's hair and rather then laugh, the class just stares at Otis. Even Otis realizes almost right away that he went way too far; pride prevents him from apologizing, however.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Ellen Tebbits's plan to bring in a biennial beet to class results in her making her clothes filthy from digging the beet up, and ruining her dress by getting it stained with beet juice. Plus she almost gets in a lot of trouble for taking the beet without permission, and does get written up for arriving to school late.
* HumiliationConga: Happens to Otis Spofford at the end of his book. Ellen and Austine steal his shoes while he's ice skating in retaliation for Otis' having cut Ellen's hair, making him walk home in his ice skates to the amusement of all the kids and irritation of all the adults he meets.
* ISeeLondon: Invoked by Otis in ''Ellen Tebbits'' in the "biennial beet" chapter when he notices that Ellen tore her dress.
* {{Jerkass}}: Otis Spofford. Played straight in ''Ellen Tebbits'' and deconstructed in his own book.
** Ellen gets her own turn in ''Otis Spofford'', even ''before'' Otis cuts her hair, including [[KickTheDog mocking him for his underwear]] that got turned pink in the wash.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In ''Ellen Tebbits'', Ellen has this reaction immediately after slapping Austine across the face for allegedly untying the sash of her dress, thus ending their friendship. It doesn't help later on when she finds out that [[spoiler:the culprit was Otis, and not Austine]].
** She also has this reaction in the first chapter of the book, when she lashes out at Austine, who has just moved to Portland from California, for talking about California all the time. She apologizes afterward and the two become friends.
* RadishCure: In ''Otis Spofford'', the title character's teacher has him make spitballs exclusively as punishment for shooting them.
** Cleary also includes a story in her autobiography of some boys who chewed garlic in class. The principal finally bought a dollar's worth of garlic—this was in the 1930s—and had them chew it all.
* SchoolPlay: Ellen's class puts on a production of ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'' with a {{Bowdlerise}}d ending: in their version, the Pied Piper brings the children home and the kids get to do a maypole dance.
* SeriousBusiness: Frequently. Justified in that the books are told from a child's perspective, in which things like paper routes and school art projects really ''are'' serious business.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Ellen Tebbits and Otis Spofford, to each other. Otis got started antagonizing Ellen because his mother is Ellen's ballet teacher, and he's usually (but not always) the instigator.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: While her books portray the ups and downs of life, her books usually have a much lighter spirit, making it more on the idealistic end of the scale.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Ellen Tebbits (girly girl) and her best friend Austine Allen (tomboy).
* TookALevelInBadass / TookALevelInJerkass: Ellen Tebbits gets both in ''Otis Spofford''. It's hard to imagine the Ellen of ''Ellen Tebbits'' teasing Otis for his pink underwear, or literally shoving Otis to the ground, but she does both in ''Otis Spofford''. Just before shoving him down, she tells Otis it's because she's not afraid of him anymore.
* TraumaticHaircut: Otis gives Ellen one in ''Otis Spofford'' as revenge for humiliating him in class. At first he doesn't understand why she's so upset, until he remembers that Ellen has been growing her hair long so she can wear it in pigtails.
* {{Unmentionables}}: In ''Ellen Tebbits'', Ellen is fearful that the other kids will find out her mother makes her wear long underwear, so much that she takes care to get to ballet class ahead of time so she can change early without her classmates noticing. One of the catalysts for her friendship with Austine is that Austine's mother also makes ''her'' daughter wear long underwear.
* VillainProtagonist: Otis Spofford in ''Otis Spofford''.