Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary dies at 104
This image shows a collection of books by Beverly Cleary on Friday, March 26, 2021, at a home in Altadena, Calif. The beloved children's author, whose characters Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins enthralled generations of youngsters, has died. (AP Photo/Anthony McCartney)NEW YORK – Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children’s author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died. Trained as a librarian, Cleary didn’t start writing books until her early 30s when she wrote “Henry Huggins,” published in 1950. Among the “Henry” titles were “Henry and Ribsy,” “Henry and the Paper Route” and “Henry and Beezus.”AdRamona, perhaps her best-known character, made her debut in “Henry Huggins” with only a brief mention.
Natalie Portman releases children's book of inclusive fables
Natalie Portman participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film "Lucy in the Sky" in New York on Oct. 2, 2019, left, and the cover of "Natalie Portman's Fables," a book of popular children's fables with a friendlier, more gender inclusive twist. (AP Photo, left, Feiwel & Friends via AP)NEW YORK – Natalie Portman is putting her body through the paces to get into fighting shape for her next Marvel movie. Motherhood is what makes her latest project, “Natalie Portman’s Fables,” so close to her heart. “Children’s books have this very special place in our lives because we read them over and over and over again like no other books," the 39-year-old actress said. For her next writing project, Portman is hoping to tackle something in her son's comfort zone, perhaps a graphic novel.
Famous people who made it to age 100
Beverly Cleary, the children's author whose best-known characters include Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, Ramona and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse, is celebrating her 102nd birthday on April 12. In honor of her birthday, take a look at some other famous centenarians. Hide Caption