'Ramona Quimby' author Beverly Cleary dies at 104
© Beverly Cleary on Nov. 12, 2003. (Getty)

Beloved children's book author Beverly Cleary died Thursday at the age of 104 in her home in Carmel, Calif., according to a statement released by her publisher HarperCollins.

The famed author's books, which include titles like "Beezus and Ramona," and "Ramona Quimby, Age 8," sold more than 85 million copies throughout her career and have been translated into twenty-nine different languages.

"We are saddened by the passing of Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time," said Suzanne Murphy, HarpersCollins children's books publisher and president. "Looking back, she’d often say, ‘I’ve had a lucky life,’ and generations of children count themselves lucky too—lucky to have the very real characters Beverly Cleary created."


She continued, "We at HarperCollins also feel extremely lucky to have worked with Beverly Cleary and to have enjoyed her sparkling wit. Her timeless books are an affirmation of her everlasting connection to the pleasures, challenges, and triumphs that are part of every childhood."

Cleary was honored with several awards, including the 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the 1984 John Newbery Medal. She was a United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984 and was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress in 2000.

In 2003, she received the prestigious National Medal of Art from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was honored at the White House by then-President George Bush, along with the other honorees.

HarpersCollins noted that donations in honor of the late author may be made in her name to the Library Foundation of Portland, Oregon, or the Information School at the University of Washington.