TAMPA (WFLA) — The beloved child’s book author Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old Sunday.

The Newbery Medalist was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon. Her first book was published in 1950.

The “Drop Everything and Read Day” (DEAR) initiative is held every year on Cleary’s birthday and encourages 30 minutes of reading time.

Cleary authored books like “Beezus and Ramona,” “Ramona Quimby,” “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” and more.