My Earliest Recollections of Children’s Books

My earliest recollections of books are Junie B. Jones and Amelia Bedelia. One of my favorite books from the Junie B. Jones series in elementary school was Junie B. First Grader: Boss of Lunch, by Barbara Parks. In the book, Junie B. Jones tries to be the boss of her peers and adults by becoming the “Boss of Lunch” but everything turns into a disaster as the plot goes along. The disaster described is lunches being brought or bought but someone comes to save the day and ends the dispute. Then, I read Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower that deals with a kindhearted maid that gets into humorous situations with the Rogers family. I enjoy these books because of the girls quirky personalities and the rather funny situations they each get caught in.  

In Junie B. First Grader: Boss of Lunch, Junie B. Jones causes the school lunch to go wrong when she takes over the lunchroom. Her classmates lose their appetites when they are served their meal. The lunch lady has to deliver bologna sandwiches to room one. She wants to hide under her desk because she doesn’t want to get in trouble. 

In Peggy Parish’s, Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower is a humorous story that involves Amelia helping out Mrs. Roger’s friend, Alma, with her wedding shower. Amelia is given the task to cut flowers and trim the hedges (Turner). I admire Junie B. Jones and Amelia Bedelia because they both have bold and quirky personalities that encourage others to step out of their comfort zones. 

These books further inspired me to write children’s stories about school days, friendship, life lessons, and so much more right along with my own books A Colorful Balloon Ride and Lenny the Lizard and His Green Scarf.

Published by Allistar Banks-Author

Allistar Banks is a multi-genre author of several books ranging from children to young adult fiction. A Professional Pet Sitter by day, novelist by night, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Lander University. A McCormick, SC native, she is a lover of southern cuisine, the mountains, local art, and history.

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