Blog Stories Our Lovable, Local, Literary Lion

Our Lovable, Local, Literary Lion

By Matt Guy, March 11, 2019

Read a child a story, inspire them one night. But teach a child to read, that inspiration can last a lifetime.

Especially if what they read speaks to them, embodies their own little voices. And no one did that better than our own Beverly Cleary. She was a pioneer in children’s books and youth literature with a firm belief that children performed better at reading if they read material they enjoyed and to which they could relate. That seems pretty fundamental now, but it was clearly not the norm when she was learning to read nearly a century ago. She struggled as a new reader to keep up with her peers until her own librarian sought to find books that would inspire young Beverly.

Before she began writing her own series of books, she was a children’s librarian and bemoaned the lack of good books suitable for that audience. Many of her stories take place in our own backyard in the Grant Park neighborhood and we honor her contribution by renaming the very grammar school she attended, the Beverly Cleary School; and the statues in the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children ,She made it her focus to write her stories from that youthful point of view, to understand what their day-to-day lives might be like and what would resonate with them. If kids could see themselves in what they were reading, maybe they would read more and see more of themselves in more books.

And shouldn’t that be what reading a book is about? At any age. That we are able to step out of our own personal points of view and experience an entirely new perspective. And collect those experiences and let them shape our own stories.

Matt Guy

Principal Broker

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Love of Portland:

I work throughout the Portland Metro Area, and have lived on both the East and West sides of Portland. I am very excited to live in a city with so many beautiful homes and neighborhoods. I also love Oregon and am proud to be a life long Oregonian. I have moved back to neighborhood that my Father spent his childhood and am proud to share in the history where I live. I live 8 blocks from the church where my Aunt and Uncle were married in 1956. I also love the many activities and restaurants around Portland and the nearby outdoors that it has to offer. Whether shopping at New Seasons or a farmers market, enjoying the many great parks, Portland has a great progressive and environmental spirit that helps to make it such a wonderful place to live.

More to me than real estate:

I am a former competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, and over the past few years have competed in marathons, triathlons, and other running events like the Hood to Coast. I have raised over $3000 for the Windermere Foundation through pledges from my family, friends and clients while running two Eugene Marathons. Also in 2011 I ran the New York Marathon. In my spare time I enjoy running and playing soccer. When I am not working, I am spending time with my wife, Mary, our amazing children, Elliott & Naomi, and our wonderful pets: Chaucer, our cat, and our Golden Retriever, Beckett.


  • Real Estate Broker since 2004.
  • Branch Manager of the Windermere West Linn office from 2011 through 2013.
  • Assisstant Manager of the Windermere Lloyd Tower office from 2008 to 2011
  • Leadership coaching and training through Windermere.
  • Earth Advantage S.T.A.R. Green Certified Broker.
  • I have a background in construction, customer service and management, and bring this knowledge to my real estate career.
  • I am a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in English and minor in Chemistry.
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Matt Guy

Principal Broker

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