Henry And Ribsy – by Beverly Cleary (1954)

Author Beverly Cleary was a champion of books written specifically for boys. As a children’s librarian, she often had trouble finding books that elementary-age boys were interested in. Her frustration prompted her to write a book called “Henry Huggins” in 1950. It featured an ordinary boy named Henry, who finds a stray dog and wants to keep him.

The book was so well received that Ms. Cleary wrote more books about Henry and his dog Ribsy. Boys – and girls – kept reading her books, and she kept writing more for them. Even today, you will find her books in school libraries and in classrooms. Her formula for success was in keeping it realistic. She wrote about things that most kids encounter, regardless of whether it is 1954 or 2021.

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