After working as a librarian for several years, making recommendations to students, and performing live storytelling, Beverly Cleary decided that she wanted to read more stories that students could relate to. However, she couldn't find what she was looking for. Having been a struggling reader, herself, Cleary empathized with students who had difficulty reading and who needed books with which they could identify.
So, Beverly Cleary took matters into her own hands and started writing children's books. She wrote books that had ideas that appealed to her, made her laugh, and that contained stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she grew up with. These memories manifested into her most famous characters: Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and more!