The Love of Amelia Bedelia

By: Lisa Breininger9780060201869_xlg

Happy 50th Belated Birthday Amelia Bedelia!

Remember reading about Amelia Bedelia when you were a small child? Well she turned 50 at the end of January. Can you believe that?

Peggy Parish was born in 1927 and died suddenly in 1988. She began writing the Amelia Bedelia’s children series. Her first book, Amelia Bedelia, came out in 1963.

In the first book, Amelia got hired as a maid to work for Mr. Rogers. She takes all of the chores she is given seriously. When the chores say put out the lights, she puts the lights outside as you would to dry your clothing. She was told to dress the chicken, so what did she do? She dressed the chicken up in clothing. What would it be if Amelia Bedelia did not take everything seriously?

When Amelia goes camping how else could she catch a fish, put coffee on the grill, pitch a tent, hit the road, it would not be the same if she did not take everything literary. Always getting herself into trouble, Amelia Bedelia makes for fun-filled books that are sure to make you laugh.

Some other books she has written are:

  • Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
  • Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
  • Amelia Bedelia Club Reporter

We have the following books in the Library Science Collection at Rohrbach Library at call number: E Parish

  • Amelia Bedelia
  • Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower
  • Thank You, Amelia Bedelia
  • Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
  • Amelia Bedelia’s Family Albumm
  • Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
  • Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
  • Amelia Bedelia, Helps Out
  • Come Back, Amelia Bedelia  

Talk about keeping the Amelia Bedelia stories within a family!

 Herman Parish is currently writing children’s books about Amelia Bedelia as a young girl, compared to his aunt Peggy Parish who wrote about an older Amelia Bedelia.

After his aunts death in 1988, his family received many letters from fans that were wondering when the new book of Amelia Bedelia would come out. Other authors even volunteered to keep writing the series, but he was uncomfortable with the series leaving the family. That’s when Herman tried to write his first story for the continuing series. His family was a huge supporter in the new endeavor.

He studied his aunts writing structure and her language throughout her works. His first book was, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia. He wrote the book in one night, but spent many years gathering up ideas. This this story, Amelia and Mr. Rogers, her employer, took a car trip together.

He wrote a couple of books with Amelia Bedelia being older, but then he changed to the earlier years in her life. He has made them into  picture books for a whole new generation with titles such as: Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School.

 (Gale Biography in Context)

[NOTE: Due to our licensing agreement, access to Gale Biography in Context is restricted to the students, staff, and faculty at Kutztown University.]

Some books that Herman Parish has written:

  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School
  • Amelia Bedelia and the Cat
  • Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail
  • Amelia Bedelia Sleeps over
  • Amelia Bedelia First Vote
  • Go West, Amelia Bedelia
  • Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend
  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Field Trip
  • Amelia Bedelia Bakes off
  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie

We have the following books by Herman Parish in the Library Science Collection at Rohrbach Library at call number: E Parish

  • Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm
  • Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia
  • Good Driving Amelia Bedelia
  • Bravo Amelia Bedelia
  • Amelia Bedelia First Valentine
  • Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia

Visit Harman Parish’s website

Photo:  Scholastic

Over the weekend one of our own faculty members in the Library who loves Amelia Bedelia had a birthday of her own. Happy Belated Birthday to Karen Wanamaker! Hope you had a great birthday!


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