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    Classic Amelia Bedelia

    I-Can-Read Level 2

    • Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia
    • Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!
    • Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor
    • Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia
    • Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm
    • Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia
    • Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist?
    • Amelia Bedelia Under Construction
    • Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece
    • Amelia Bedelia and the Cat
    • Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey
    • Happy Birthday Amelia Bedelia! 50th Anniversary
      Celebrate 50 years
      of literal mix-ups!
    • Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off
    • Go West, Amelia Bedelia!
    • Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter

    Gatefolds and Compilations

    • Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School*
    • Be My Valentine, Amelia Bedelia*
    • Amelia Bedelia: Four Stories Tall
    • Amelia Bedelia Storybook Treasury
    Herman Parish is a worthy successor to Peggy Parish: his Amelia Bedelia possesses the unflappable cheer, helpful spirit, and child-endearing trouble with homophones of the original. It's a pleasure to welcome Amelia Bedelia back into circulation. - Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

    Young Amelia Bedelia

    Picture Books

    • Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School
    • Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine
    • Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie
    • Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip
    • Amelia Bedelia's First Vote
    • Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card

    I-Can-Read Level 1

    Amelia Bedilia Cub Reporter
    Extra! Extra! Read all about Amelia Bedelia as she runs a school newspaper.
    Amelia Bedelia First Field Trip, Amelia Bedelia First Vote, Amelia Bedelia Apple Pie, Amelia Bedelia First Valentine, Amelia Bedelia First Day of School
    As a young girl, Amelia
    Bedelia may be little but she's as literal-minded as ever. These picture books join the I-Can-Read books by Peggy and Herman.
    • Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend
    • Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over
    • Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail
    • Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck
    • Amelia Bedelia Joins the Club
    • Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up
    • Amelia Bedelia Is for the Birds
    • Amelia Bedelia By the Yard
    • Amelia Bedelia Takes the Cake
    • Amelia Bedelia On the Move
    • Amelia Bedelia Gets a Break

    Chapter Books

    #1 Amelia Bedelia Means Business
    #2 Amelia Bedelia Unleashed
    #3 Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!
    #4 Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild!
    #5 Amelia Bedelia Shapes Up
    #6 Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up
    #7 Amelia Bedelia Sets Sail
    #8 Amelia Bedelia Dances Off
    #9 Amelia Bedelia On the Job
    #10 Amelia Bedelia Ties the Knot
    #11 Amelia Bedelia Makes a Splash
    #12 Amelia Bedelia Digs In

    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.

    Amelia Bedelia's Library Card
    Amelia Bedelia checks out the library... and the wrong book. Watch out for stormy weather!
    (Herman) Parish has turned the clock back, making Ameila Bedelia young again and giving a new generation of readers the opportunity to enjoy her humor and her self-confidence. Kirkus Reviews



    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.

    Additional Programs

    Family Evening and Library Presentations are also available. These are usually scheduled in conjunction with a school visit.

    Amelia Bedelia Unleashed - Amelia Bedlia Means Business - Amelia Bedlia Road Trip - Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild - Amelia Bedelia Shapes Up - Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up - Amelia Bedelia Sets Sail - Amelia Bedelia Dances Off - Amelia Bedelia Ties the Knot - Amelia Bedelia Digs In - Amelia Bedelia On the Job - Amelia Bedelia Makes a Splash
    These new chapter books are a huge hit!


    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.


    Now you can be Amelia Bedelia for a day! If your friends and family have said that you act just like Amelia Bedelia, here is your chance to look the part. On the day of the visit, Herman will bring along an authentic Amelia Bedelia costume for an enthusiastic parent or teacher to wear. The bonnet itself is a knockout (not literally). Herman also provides a variety of props, including a "dressed" chicken, to be used in a simple skit. Bringing Amelia Bedelia to life makes the day unforgettable!

    Be Amelia Bedelia for the Day

    No child can resist Amelia [Bedelia] and her literal trips through the minefield of the English language - and no adult can fail to notice that she's usually right when she's wrong. The New York Times Book Review

    Amelia Bedelia Books


    "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.

    "The children are fascinated with the little notebook I carry to jot down my ideas. It helps to instill in them a habit of observing and writing. Teachers tell me that my examples of editing encourage their students to review and rework their writing before they submit it. I believe that after my presentation, children have a greater respect for writing and recognize what it takes to achieve their potential as writers."


    $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.


    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
    Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia - Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia - Amelia Bedelia Under Construction - Amelia Bedelia and the Cat - Bravo, Amelia Bedelia - Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece - Go West, Amelia Bedelia


    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).


    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 digital projector
    • a screen set up so everyone will have a good view
    • an electric outlet with a long extension cord and power strip
    • a low table or media cart on which to put his computer and the projector
    • a microphone set up and tested (wireless preferred)
    • a podium on which to rest books and materials
    • a couple of bottles of water

    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.


    Herman lives in Princeton, NJ
    Telephone: 609-462-8572


    Additional Information

    I Can Read Books: Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend - Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over - Amelia Bedelia Hit the Trail - Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck - Amelia Bedelia Joins the Club - Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up - Amelia Bedelia On the Move - Amelia Bedelia Take the Cake

    These easy-to-read books are filled with friends and fun.
    Amelia Bedelia Storybook Treasury
    Five stories about young Amelia Bedelia — with fun games, puzzles and activities.

    Amelia Bedilia Four Stories Tall
    A treasure trove of classic Amelia Bedelia: Two stories by Peggy Parish and two by Herman plus crafts, recipes and a CD!

    Credits: Illustrations © by Lynn Sweat or Lynne Avril

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