''Amelia Bedelia'' is a series of American children's books featuring the title character, a LiteralMinded housekeeper whose failure to understand basic English metaphors leads to much of the comedy of the series. The series was written by Peggy Parish until her death in 1988, and by her nephew Herman Parish beginning in 1995. The books have been illustrated by Wallace Tripp, Fritz Siebel, and Lynn Sweat, the current illustrator.

More recently, the series has had a number of prequel books featuring the young Amelia Bedelia as a schoolgirl. These are written by Parish also, but illustrated by Lynne Avril.

!!Books in this series:


[[folder: by Peggy Parish]]
* 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)

[[folder: by Herman Parish]]
* 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's Masterpiece (2007)
* Amelia Bedelia Under Construction (2007)
* Amelia Bedelia and the Cat (2008)
* Go West, Amelia Bedelia! (2012)
* Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter (2012)

[[folder:Young Amelia Bedelia, by Herman Parish]]
* Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School (2009)
* Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine (2009)
* Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend (2011)
* Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie (2012)
* Amelia Bedelia's First Vote (2012)
* Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over (2012)
* Amelia Bedelia Means Business (2013, chapter book)
* Amelia Bedelia Unleashed (2013, chapter book)
* Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail (2013)
* Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card (May 2013)
* Amelia Bedelia Road Trip! (August 2013, chapter book)
* Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck (August 2013)
* Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip (December 2013)
* Amelia Bedelia Joins the Club (February 2014)
* Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild! (March 2014, chapter book)
* Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up (August 2014)
* Amelia Bedelia Shapes Up (August 2014, chapter book)
* Amelia Bedelia Takes the Cake (2016)
* Amelia Bedelia Makes a Splash (2017, chapter book)
!! This book series contains examples of:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: A ''lot'' of Amelia's mess-ups cause one - or both - of her employers to laugh out loud.
* AreWeThereYet: In ''Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!'', when Amelia tries to take charge of the planning of the trip she's told that this is the parents' job and it's the kid's job to ask "Are we there yet?" Later, when she does this, she is told yes, because the trip is an adventure road trip to nowhere in particular, so anywhere they go is there.
* AesopAmnesia: The first book states that after Mr. and Mrs. Rogers decided to keep Amelia Bedelia as their maid, Mrs. Rogers learned to word her commands in a manner that Amelia Bedelia could understand. Come the second book, Mrs. Rogers asks her to perform such tasks as stripping bedsheets and removing spots from a dress.[[note]]Cue Amelia Bedelia presenting her some torn bedsheets, and a dress full of holes.[[/note]] Then again, the first story didn't say exactly how long it took Mrs. Rogers to grasp Amelia Bedelia's way of understanding others.
* BlackComedy: In the Young Amelia Bedelia chapter book ''Amelia Bedelia Makes a Splash'', Amelia Bedelia meets a woman who attended summer camp with her mother named Mrs. Evans, who is a widow. Unfortunately, she and the other characters make the mistake of referring to her husband being dead using [[NeverSayDie only euphemisms]]. Amelia Bedelia variously hears "I wish my husband, Harold, was here," "my late husband... really ''late''," "her husband expired," "is no longer with us. He has departed" and "I lost him more than twenty years ago." Amelia Bedelia, not properly following any of this, at one point tries to order a spaghetti dinner for her husband, who she thinks is literally just "late." Finally, Mrs. Evans asks her "Do you understand my husband died?" and a rather embarrassed Amelia Bedelia says that she's sorry and has to leave the room for a moment, and also cancel the spaghetti dinner.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: The Book.
* BrickJoke: After Amelia Bedelia "completes" a command, it usually takes several more pages before someone reacts to the results.
* {{Calvinball}}: When Amelia Bedelia becomes a substitute teacher, some math problems she reads describe the students taking each other's apples. After they admit that they didn't bring any apples to school, she brings the kids to the Rogerses' house, gives one team some apples, and tells the other team to try and take them. Since she only read one of the math problems aloud before starting this game, the takers grab as many apples as they can find, while the other team uses any means necessary to solve the "problem" of losing them.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Most of the humor comes from Amelia Bedelia committing this, even when someone tries to correct her.
* ContinuityNod: The second ''Young Amelia Bedelia'' chapter book, ''Amelia Bedelia Unleashed'', is full of this, including friends Amelia Bedelia made in the first one and people that recognize her from TV or otherwise from seeing her throughout town.
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia'' shows her in a traditional-looking Christmas setting, complete with Santa Claus peeking in the window. In the book proper, she stuffs stockings with turkey stuffing, and decorates the tree with such unconventional ornaments as colored balls from a sporting goods store. [[spoiler:Even when she meets Santa Claus at the end, he just seems like Mr. Rogers in a Santa suit.]]
* DeathGlare: Amelia Bedelia's mother is capable of one.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Readers accustomed to Lynn Sweat's character designs (seen in almost all of the books written since 1976) might find it jarring to read a book illustrated by one of his predecessors, especially if it shows Amelia Bedelia with no stockings and/or Mr. and Mrs. Rogers with gray hair instead of brown. The first book also portrays Mr. and Mrs. Rogers as a wealthy couple with a mansion, while later books inexplicably relocate them to the suburbs.
* EntendreFailure
* ExactWords
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: ''Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower'' has everyone spending the last few pages in laughter, pausing only for tea and cupcakes.
* FriendlyTickleTorture
** Amelia and her parents engage in this in the Young Amelia Bedelia chapter book ''Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!''
** Towards the end of another Young Amelia Bedelia chapter book, ''Amelia Bedelia Makes a Splash'', her new friends at summer camp do this to her, and it only gets worse when her father tells them that she's ticklish on her neck and her mother suggests doing it behind her ears. Then, when she shouts for "mercy," a girl named Annette claims that she's been teaching her French and what she's really saying is "''merci''," which is French for "Thank you."
* FullNameBasis: She doesn't like to be called "Amelia," she prefers her full name. The narration also refers to her consistently as "Amelia Bedelia."
* GeniusDitz: For all her linguistic failings, Ms. Bedelia is a phenomenal cook.
* HairDecorations: The kid version of Amelia Bedelia wears a flower in her hair and a barrette.
* ImagineSpot: Sometimes Amelia Bedelia thinks of a visual depiction of a metaphor (eg, voters sitting on a fence, cats and dogs falling from the sky like rain).
* InjuredLimbEpisode: In one of the books set in the past, "Amelia Bedelia Dances Off", Dana the dance teacher ends up breaking her leg ''in two places''.
* InsultBackfire:
** [[GoshDarnItToHeck "Go jump in a lake"?]] She already did that while "catching a fish" with her hands.
** Telling Amelia Bedelia, "Oh, go fly a kite!" doesn't upset her, since she finds kite-flying relaxing.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: ''Amelia Bedelia's Family Album'' reveals that Amelia Bedelia has plenty of relatives who also take things too literally. Some relatives seen in other books don't have this tendency, but she helps them adopt it.
* LiteralMinded: The former TropeNamer.
* LongRunners
* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: It seems as if there is no longer any attempt being made with the young Amelia Bedelia books to try to pretend as though they're set in the time period that would actually fit the Amelia Bedelia seen in the original books. ''Amelia Bedelia on the Job'' shows Amelia Bedelia's father working on a laptop, even though personal computers didn't even exist during the 1960s time period in which the books with the adult Amelia Bedelia were first published. Additionally, ''Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card'' depicts a clearly modern library.
* {{Meido}}
* PungeonMaster: Amelia's father, much to her embarrassment, at least at first-- some of his puns turn out to have an unexpected truth to them.
* SpeechBubbles: Sometimes dialogue balloons appear in the Herman Parish/Lynn Sweat books.
* SpinoffBabies: "Amelia Bedelia's First X" books
* SpitTake: Amelia Bedelia's mother does this in ''Amelia Bedelia Unleashed'', one of the Young Amelia Bedelia chapter books, after Amelia Bedelia suggests that she could have twins.
* SupremeChef: Amelia can work her way out of any situation with her aforementioned fantastic cooking.
* TalkingInYourSleep: In the Young Amelia Bedelia book ''Amelia Bedelia Makes a Splash'', Amelia Bedelia is alone on a bus to a summer camp she doesn't really want to go when she is joined by a girl named Alice who has just been picked up by the bus. Alice is very amicable and they quickly strike up a conversation, though Alice does most of the talking. Eventually Amelia Bedelia falls asleep not out of boredom but simply exhaustion because among other things she's tired from crying. When she wakes up, after sleeping for four hours, Alice asks if she knows that she talks in her sleep. Whatever Amelia Bedelia was saying must have been pretty specific because Alice asks "Who's Finally?" which is the name of Amelia Bedelia's dog, but she couldn't have known that "Finally" was a "who" and not a "what" simply from hearing the name.
* TitleDrop: ''Thank You, Amelia Bedelia'', ''Come Back, Amelia Bedelia'', and ''Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia'' provide a few of possibly several examples.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Amelia screws up basically every order she's given, often in incredibly stupid ways, and she still keeps her job (see SupremeChef).
** In the first book, Amelia Bedelia spent the whole day screwing up her chores, but then she baked this insanely delicious lemon meringue pie, and that caused her employers to forgive her earlier mistakes. Yes, apparently her cooking is ''that good''.
** Amelia did lose her housekeeping job once, giving her opportunities to misunderstand several others, such as hairdresser, where she pins up a lady's hair with safety pins, but in the end she's welcomed back with open arms.
* VisualPun: A stock-in-trade of the series, and largely a result of Amelia Bedelia's LiteralMinded tendencies.