Beverly Atlee Cleary is an American writer of children's and young adult fiction who was born on April 12, 1916, in McMinnville. She turned 102 today.

As one of America's most successful living authors, 91 million copies of Cleary's books have been sold worldwide since her first book got published in 1950. Some of her best-known characters in her books are Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, Ramona Quimby and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse.