On Tuesday the 12th, children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100. I remember reading her Henry Huggins and Ramona the Pest books when I was four or five; I still remember fair chunks of them — Henry trying to get his dog on the city bus, Ramona thinking ‘a quarter past eight’ was 8:25, since a quarter is 25¢ — and I hope they’re still in print. They were well written, funny, and maybe more to the point relevant: certainly I knew kids like those in her books.
No doubt they’d seem old-fashioned by now, but there’s nothing wrong with that. We really did used to go outside and play before there were iPads and PlayStations. I can highly recommend it.