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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karen Ann Bellamy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1950 in Chicago, IL

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Illinois Connection

Bellamy was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and she currently resides in Chicago. She attended Chicago Public Schools for elementary and high school. Her two children's books are set in Chicago, Illinois. The book titles are ''The Big Brown Box'' and ''Ephraim and The Bee''.

Biographical and Professional Information

Karen Bellamy attended Chicago State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, her Masters Degrees - one in Early Childhood Education and the other in Reading a Type 10 Reading Specialist, and a nominee into Who's Who Among American Teachers. She is a retired educator and taught in the public school system for 34 years. Her love for reading is a gift she desires to pass on to children of all ages. She wants children to visualize the books coming to life as they read while increasing their vocabulary through reading.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Big Brown Box
ISBN: 0971341672

The Big Brown Box. 2008

The Big Brown Box is a book written for Early Childhood-- children in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade. A book of poetry, The Big Brown Box depicts how the simple things are the pleasures of childhood.

The Big Brown Box is a story of how neighborhood children awaits a truck that commonly arrives to deliver items such as appliances, furniture, etc. to homes in their community. It also describes the fun and excitement that children have with the boxes after they are discarded.

The 24 page book is also accompanied with an audio (CD) narrated by the author.

Ephraim and the Bee
ISBN: 0988779706

Sonflower Pub. 2013

Ephraim and the Bee is an enlightening and illuminating story of a conversation and friendship that a boy has and develops with a bee while he is sitting and enjoying his lunch on a playground. Children will enjoy the fun and excitement in the story and at the same time be introduced to new words that will enhance learning and their vocabulary.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Contact Karen A Bellamy at or cellphone 312-310-8772. Groups preferred Birth through 3rd grade.