Classic Amelia Bedelia
I-Can-Read Level 2
Gatefolds and Compilations
Young Amelia Bedelia
I-Can-Read Level 1
All books published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, except Gatefold books (*) published by HarperFestival.
Peggy Parish created Amelia Bedelia in 1963. Now, over 36 million books later, everyone's favorite mixed-up housekeeper is still going strong..
Peggy's nephew, Herman Parish, has carried on the misadventures of Amelia Bedelia. Herman has added 34 books to the series, including five national bestsellers. His latest books take a big step back in time, to when Amelia Bedelia was a young girl. Naturally, she is prone to all kinds of mix-ups. There is a first time for everything and with young Amelia, that first time is filled with laughter literally!
Invite Herman Parish and Amelia Bedelia to your school. Your students will discover the principle that guided Peggy Parish: reading and writing can be fun!
Herman is also a featured speaker at meetings, associations and conventions for educators and librarians.
Young readers will delight in wacky wordplay as Herman Parish brings Amelia Bedelia to life, with anecdotes about his aunt and insights into his writing process. Children love to get a "behind the scenes" glimpse of how his aunt created the literal-minded housekeeper and how Herman came to write the books. He reveals how he gets his ideas, what it takes to develop them, and gives examples of where they wind up in a story.
Family Evening and Library Presentations are also available. These are usually scheduled in conjunction with a school visit.
Herman's presentation is ideal for grades K through 6. He adjusts the content to suit the ages of the audience. Kindergartners laugh as Amelia Bedelia teaches them to play with words. For older children, Herman discusses how he writes and uses examples to demonstrate the importance of editing and revising.
When kindergartners or first graders are included in a session, Herman presents for 45 to 50 minutes, including questions. For older students, Herman usually talks about 55 to 60 minutes, including questions. Herman reserves the last 5 to 10 minutes for questions that may not have been answered by his presentation.
The size of the audience depends upon your needs and your school. Of course, smaller groups are better and allow for more interaction during the question and answer portion of the presentation. Audiences of up to 250-300 students per presentation can easily be accommodated. If there would be more than 300 students for each presentation, Herman strongly suggests adding a third or even a fourth presentation if needed to keep the size of each group around 300 students or less.
A WORD FROM HERMAN PARISH
"Children love the literal humor of Amelia Bedelia. It's a fun way for them to explore homonyms and idiomatic expressions. They not only gain an appreciation for the richness of the English language, they wake up to fresh possibilities for expressing themselves. I try to build confidence in a child's ability as a writer. I want to create a sense that what they think and feel is worth recording and sharing.
$1,800 for two presentations plus travel expenses from Princeton, New Jersey. Additional sessions on the same day are $600 for each presentation. Family Evening and Library Presentations are $1,000. If travel expenses are involved, other than mileage, reimbursement can be paid later. However, payment of the fee is expected on the day of the visit unless a prior arrangement has been made.
Once a date for the visit has been agreed upon, Herman will send a confirmation. He will include information on his books and how to order them, along with ideas, suggestions and a check list to help make the day go smoothly. He will also send an Amelia Bedelia 50th Anniversary Party Kit. It contains teacher and reading guides along with publicity and classroom materials, such as stickers and posters. Enclosed in the Kit is a CD with artwork and photos to be used for publicity as well as a variety of bookmark designs that can be customized with the name of the school, library or organization and the date of the visit, then printed and distributed.ORDERING BOOKS
Feel free to use any source to obtain books for sale. Or you can receive a 40% discount when you order them directly from the publisher. Detailed guidance on how to order books from the publisher will be included with your confirmation of the visit. In the meantime, to learn more, you can call HarperCollins Customer Service at 1-800-242-7737 or visit the publisher on the web at www.harpercollinschildrens.com.
Autographing of books is included. Herman will be happy to sign books using whatever system works best for you. Since Herman prefers to personalize each book to every child, this will take a little more time. Also, due to the wear-and-tear on his hand, he must limit the number of books he signs to 300 copies per day. Copies for the school library are exempt from this limit, as are books with just his signature (without a name or personalization).
SET-UP AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
Herman Parish will use his computer to display images with your digital projector. He uses an Apple MacBook and will bring all the necessary adapters and connectors to make it compatible with your projector. Here is a list of what he would need at your school:
A good microphone is essential, especially if Herman will be presenting to large groups or in a large space with poor acoustics such as a gym, cafeteria or muti-purpose room. Please make sure that the microphone is set up and tested prior to the presentation.
Upon request, Herman will send you references that are relevant to your state or region. To date, he has presented to schools and groups in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Internationally, Herman has also presented at schools in Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HERMAN PARISH
Credits: Illustrations © by Lynn Sweat or Lynne Avril