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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Making Reading Fun

 “Kids enjoy laughing and are seldom bored when they find something funny. They also ask questions, often to adults, because they understand that the more words they can comprehend about a funny story or a joke, the more they'll enjoy it.” -- Brian P. Cleary


Born in Cleveland, Ohio on this date in 1959, Cleary is best known for his books that explore grammar in humorous ways written for grade-school children.  The Senior Editor at American Greetings, he works on products ranging from greeting cards to songs and electronic greetings and also tours the U.S. and Europe as an author visiting schools and presenting to students and staff.


A graduate of John Carroll College in Ohio, he first gained fame by creating the best-selling "Words are CATegorical" series for grade school readers, a 27-volume set with more than 3 million copies in print.  He also has written humor essays for national and local magazines and newspapers and his cartoon writings have been published in more than 600 newspapers worldwide.

Winner of the prestigious International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choice Award, Cleary said, “In writing I found something I could do at least as well as my peers, if not better.

“When a kid can understand that a word can mean two things, there's some real thinking going on. They have a vested interest in finding out what a word means, because it's the punch line to a joke.”


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