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Updated on August 18, 2014

Happy 50th Birthday Amelia 1963-2013

"Amelia Bedelia, just what are you doing?" Oh, getting ready for your next party.

Amelia Bedelia

is having another birthday. It's hard to believe that over 50 years ago Peggy Parish first introduced us to this not so ordinary, quirky, literal minded housekeeper.

Don't think she is ready to retire though. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Amelia Bedelia collection, brand new Amelia Bedelia books were released on January 29, 2013. Plus they have more to come in the upcoming years.

Celebrate with Amelia Bedelia as she bakes up a few more pies, dusts the furniture, draws the drapes and some new things we've yet to discover about our beloved maid.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Amelia Bedelia Edition

Amelia Bedelia Fiftieth Anniversary Edition [Hardcover] - Released Date: January 29, 2013

Who doesn't love Amelia Bedelia? With brand new employers, Amelia is a maid that wants to please her bosses. She follows their instructions to the letter, literally.

Amelia has landed a new job as a maid for the Rogers.  On her first day she is left alone with a list of instructions as to her duties.  Wanting to please her new employers, Amelia takes each task literally.  A simple chore of dressing the turkey for dinner, drawing the drapes and a number of other items listed turns into a humorous day at the Rogers.  Through it all, the Rogers manage to hang on to their "uncharacteristic like" maid and fall in love with her wonderful desserts.

Every child will be amused by the antics of Amelia as she goes about her daily chores.

Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia

This Amelia Bedelia commemorative 50th anniversary edition features the original book cover and artwork from the 1963 edition, with seven additional pages of archival photographs and sketches.

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Margaret "Peggy" Parish
Margaret "Peggy" Parish

About Peggy Parish


Author Margaret Cecile "Peggy" Parish was originally from Manning, South Carolina. She was born on July 14th, 1927. From the time of her childhood, Peggy loved books and would read as much as she could. After high school she would attend the University of South Carolina where she received a BA in English, and went on to Vanderbilt University which was then called Peabody College for Teachers.

From college Ms. Parish moved several times teaching in other states such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky and finally In New York City. Beyond her teaching craft, Peggy also was gifted in the field of creative dance, advertising, book reviewer and worked on the television program Carolina Today.

Her last residence was in New York City, where she found employment working with the Girl Scouts. She went on to teach third grade in the Manhattan Dalton Middle School.

It was no wonder such a talented lady would work her way into the hearts of millions with the best-selling Amelia Bedelia stories, along with her many other works in writing. Peggy wrote a total of 51 books in several areas over her career including a mystery series. Her last published work before her sudden death on November 19th, 1988 was, "Amelia Bedelia's Family Album." To honor his Aunt Peggy, Herman wrote a dedication page with the words, "For Peggy Parish, the real Amelia," on his rendition of Amelia in his book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia.

Awards for Peggy’s Children’s Books: 

1974: School Library Journal Best Book of the Year for Dinosaur Time
1977: Palmetto State Award
1977: The New Jersey Garden State Children's Book Award for Dinosaur Time
1980: The New Jersey Garden State Children's Book Award for Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia
1984: The Atlanta Milner Award
1986: The Pennsylvania Keystone State Children's Book Award
1988: Garden State Children's Book Award

Award information and B/W photo Margaret "Peggy" Parish link:

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Amelia Bedelia Reading & About Idioms

Clip from Good Work Amelia Bedelia
Teaching Children About Idioms

People love to dress like Amelia.

People love to dress like Amelia.
People love to dress like Amelia.

I Can Read Book 1 Level

Amelia Bedelia Celebration: Four Stories Tall with Audio CD [Hardcover]

Can you imagine eating a sponge cake that is made out of a real sponge?  What would you do if you saw a fork In the road?  Would you be on the lookout for a spoon to show up along the way?  How exactly does the mind of Amelia Bedelia work to think the way she does?

I don’t know, but for 50 years Amelia has been keeping us laughing with her funny household chores.

Amelia Bedelia Celebration, An: Four Stories Tall with Audio CD
Amelia Bedelia Celebration, An: Four Stories Tall with Audio CD

In the Amelia Bedelia celebration set you will enjoy reading four of her best loved books along with a CD read-a-long, games, recipes and more fun.

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I Can Read Book 2 Level Amelia Bedelia

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Partial Peggy Parish Bibliography

It is estimated that Peggy wrote 51 books in her lifetime.

Amelia Bedelia Series
These books were illustrated by Lynn Sweat, Wallace Tripp or Fritz Siebel

Amelia Bedelia -1963
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia -1964
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower -1966


Come Back, Amelia Bedelia - 1971
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia -1972
Good Work, Amelia Bedelia -1976
Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia -1977
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out -1979


Amelia Bedelia and the Baby -1981
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping -1985
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia -1986
Amelia Bedelia's Family Album - 1988

Additional Books by Peggy Parish 

Littlest Raccoon wasillustrated by Claude Humbert - 1961
Let's Be Indians was illustrated by Arnold Lobel - 1962
My Little Golden Book of Manners was illustrated by Richard Scarry - 1962
Good Hunting Little Indian was illustrated by Leonard Weisgard - 1963
Good Hunting, Blue Sky with illustrations by James Watts and Willy Is My Brother oiiginally released in 1963 with illustrated by Shirley Hughes, was Re-released and revised in 1991.
The Golden Book 1966 Calendar: 1966 was illustrated by Tibor Gergely
Let's Be Early Settlers with Daniel Boone was illustrated by Arnold Lobel - 1967

Ootah's Lucky Day was illustrated by Mamoru Funai - 1970
Dinosaur Time was illustrated by Arnold Lobel - 1974

Scruffy was illustrated by Kelly Oechsli - 1988

Peggy Parish’s: Liza, Bill & Jed Mysteries
Clues in the Woods
The Haunted House Key to the Treasure -1966
The Mystery of Hermit Dan
Pirate Island Adventure The Ghosts of Cougar Island


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Amelia is known for her great tasting pies.

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Preheat oven 350 degrees

You will need: saucepan, spoon, knife or spatula, small mixing bowl, electric mixer.

Recipe courtesy of

Serving Size

Serves: Makes 8 servings


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 th cup corn starch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 eggs and two egg whites
  • Grated peel of a lemon
  • 1/4 th cup of real lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine
  • 1 baked 9 inch pie crust
  • 4 egg whites (reserve for the meringue)
  • cup sugar


  1. Combine 1 cup sugar and corn starch in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Stir in eggs. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, be sure to stir continually. Let boil one minute and remove from heat. Add lemon peel, lemon juice and butter.
  2. Pour hot filling into pie crust. In a small bowl, beat egg whites at high speed using an electric mixer until whites are fluffy. Gradually beat in the remaining cup of sugar making sure to continue beating until it makes stiff white peaks forming the meringue.
  3. Spread the meringue over the pie. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until meringue is golden. Cool at room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
Cast your vote for Amelia Bedelia's Lemon Meringue Pie

Newest Releases by Herman Parish

Herman Parish ~ the Next Generation

Herman Parish ~ the Next Generation
Herman Parish ~ the Next Generation

New Amelia Bedelia Released - Get Your Copy Now

These books were released to the public on January 29th, 2013. Some are also available in hardback editions. Look for the special book promotion by Amazon:They are eligible for the 4-for-3 promotion, which guarantees lowest pricing. See details by clicking on any item. Includes pre-order price guarantees. Some restrictions and dates may apply.

Amelia Bedelia Means Business
Amelia Bedelia Means Business

Look for all the new books on this link.


Amelia Bedelia Books by Herman Parish

I Can Read Book 1 Level - by Herman Parish

Herman Parish has taken us back into the life of Amelia Bedelia as a child in these editions.  You can see how the "Amelia" adult wasn't that far removed from how the young Amelia took life literally.BONUS: Learn how you can be Amelia Bedielia for a day on the link below. Click on the graphic "Be Amelia for A Day."

Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend (I Can Read Level 1)
Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend (I Can Read Level 1)

Amelia Bedelia misses an old friend and makes

a new friend in this funny story about friendship.

Also look for Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over (I Can Read Book 1).

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I Can Read Book 2 Level

I Can Read Book 2 Level Herman - Click on photo or description for product.

Level 1 & 2 Books are 64 pages each. Look for all the new readers books on this link.

Amelia Bedelia Books by Herman Parish

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Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish - Click on photo or descripton for product.

Look for all the new Amelia Bedelia books by Herman on this link. Hardcover and paper back editions. Kindle Editions also available.

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Herman & Peggy Parish 1985
Herman & Peggy Parish 1985

Books by Peggy & Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia books continue to be published as Herman Parish, Peggy's nephew, picked up on writing the books when she died in 1988.

Amelia Bedelia books have had several publishers and four different illustrators

over the years.

Order of Release
1960's -1980s were Peggy's
Amelia Bedelia -1963
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia -1964
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower -1966
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia -1971
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia -1972
Good Work, Amelia Bedelia -1976
Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia -1977
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out -1979
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby -1981
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping -1985
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia -1986
Amelia Bedelia's Family Album -1988 (her last Amelia Bedelia book)

1990s to present were Herman's 
Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia -1995
Bravo, Amelia Bedelia! - 1997
Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor -1999
Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia -2002
Amelia Bedelia and the Christmas List -2003
Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm -2003
Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia -2004
Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School -2004
Be My Valentine, Amelia Bedelia -2004
Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist? -2005
Amelia Bedelia Under Construction -2006
Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece -2007
Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey -2008
Amelia Bedelia and the Cat -2008
Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School -2009
Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie -2010
Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine -2010
Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off -2010
Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip -2011
Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend -2011
Go West, Amelia Bedelia! -2011
Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter -2012
Amelia Bedelia's First Vote -2012
Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over -2012

New Releases to come:
Amelia Bedelia Means Business -2013
Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail -2013
Amelia Bedelia Unleashed -2013

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Homemade Taffy Apples Holiday Treat

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Amelia Bedelia's Taffy Apple Recipe

Children should do this supervised by an adult.

Caramel gets hot.

You will need: saucepan, cookie sheet, foil, cooking spray, spoon.

Recipe courtesy of

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: Approximately 20 minutes.

Serves: 6


  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 wooden skewer sticks
  • 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramel
  • unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Place sheet of foil on a cookie sheet and lightly grease it.
  2. Insert wooden sticks into the stem end of the apples. Place apples with sticks on a cookie sheet.
  3. In a small sauce pan add caramels and water. Cook over low heat, stirring until caramel melts and is smooth. Add vanilla.
  4. Dip each apple into the melted mixture turning apples until they are covered. Scrape apples along the edges and bottom of pan to get any caramel that forms on the inside of the pan. Place each apple on the foiled cookie sheet and put in refrigerator to chill.
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Becoming Amelia Bedelia

Dr. Dana Kersey as Amelia Bedelia
Dr. Dana Kersey as Amelia Bedelia

Dr. Dana Kersey as Amelia Bedelia for over 30 years. - Approved by Peggy herself!

Teaching: Teaching Children About Idioms

Contact Dr. Dana Kersey at: 478-743-2867 | 478-737-9612

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Happy Birthday Amelia Bedelia!
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Thanks for sharing Amelia's Birthday! - Doesn't she look great for 50?

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      @TreasuresBrenda: Love our Amelia. She crosses the generations :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I do remember Amelia Bedelia. Thanks for the smile!

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      6 years ago

      Today I learned a lot of Amelia Bedelia, a very hard working girl. Teaches the kids the importance of working and keeping clean.

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      6 years ago

      Happy Birthday Amelia Bedelia and thank you for all the smiles and making our brains go tilt with reading fun for everyone! You made this a party, fun!

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Super cute tribute to Amelia Bedelia :D

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      I loved these books as a kid. How nice to see that the legacy lives on.

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      6 years ago

      My youngest used to read these books.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      6 years ago

      I so enjoyed these books as a kid. Such fun reading this!

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      6 years ago

      Such a fun lens! I used to just love reading her books, they were so much fun!

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      rattie lm 

      6 years ago

      As an Australian teacher I have never heard of this series. Must check them out.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love this and love that the story will continue for another generation. *blessed

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      6 years ago from USA

      I love Amelia Bedelia. It's a great book series.

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      6 years ago

      OMG I GOT SO EXCITED WHEN I SAW THIS LENS!!! OMG Amelia Bedlia.. I grew up reading these books and reading them over and over again. WOW, I totally forgot I read these and still have them. DEFINITELY, BLESSED THIS LENS!

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      6 years ago

      I remember these books being my favorite in third grade. Great walk down memory lane. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Never heard of these books before, will definitely be keeping a look out for them now!

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      7 years ago

      I absolutely, positively LOVE the Amelia Bedelia books! I work with deaf children, and they are a wonderful to expose HI students to some of the idioms that are so inherent in the English language. Terrific lens (and I'm off to vote for you right now - hope you win! ;o)

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      7 years ago

      I had never heard of these books before but am glad you included a lemon meringue pie recipe!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I used to take these books to schools when my company did private school book fairs. That's actually when I first discovered Amelia Bedelia. What I found somewhat surprising is that although beginning readers did love them, the junior high girls once grabbed one and sat down together as they remembered loving them before and had a few more laughs.

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      7 years ago

      I'm so sorry I missed out on this terrific author's books. Happy Birthday to you, dear reader, and sweeper.

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      7 years ago from State of Confusion

      Its amazing what you don't remember until you see the pictures. Yes I have read some of them.

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      7 years ago

      Both my daughters loved Amelia Bedelia books.

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      7 years ago

      Wow! I remember reading these. She was in her 20s then. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Birthday greetings from all of us.


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