Beverly Cleary is my all time favorite children’s author. Every time I read her books, I am awakened again to laughter. She is the champion of humorous and realistic portrayals of children, animals, and adults and her stories never fail to bring a smile to my face. Her writings also encourage me not to take myself or my children so seriously. She provokes me to make room for laughter; not everything has to be a somber, “teachable” moment. Her humor and life might also prove scripture out. Still alive, at age 100, she might be living proof that, “laughter works like good medicine.” Thank you, Beverly Clearly for giggles!