Betty G. Birney - Author

About the Author

Betty G. Birney worked at Disneyland for many years, has written several children’s television shows and is the author of over twenty-five books, including the best-selling The World According to Humphrey, which won the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club, Friendship According to Humphrey, Trouble According to Humphrey, Surprises According to Humphrey and More Adventures According to Humphrey. Her work has won many awards, including an Emmy and three Humanitas Prizes. She lives in America with her husband.

Betty Birney on Betty Birney:

I wrote my first "book" at age seven. It was called "Teddy Bear in the Woods" and was followed by a sequel. Luckily, my parents encouraged my writing and my sister, Janet, was a great writer and role model.

I didn't just write, however. When I wasn't roller-skating (my favorite pastime), I was riding my bike, playing piano, swimming, reading, playing cards and board games or just hanging out with my friends. I loved school, but I loved vacations, too!

 

Featured books by Betty G. Birney

Bumper Book of Humphrey's Tiny Tales

Bumper Book of Humphrey's Tiny Tales

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Featuring 3 published 'tiny tales' and one brand new one this bumper collection will have kids and parents laughing their way through it.  It includes My Pet Show Panic!, My Summer Fair Surprise!, My Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure! and an all new story My Mixed-Up Magic Trick!.  Perfect for younger Humphrey fans, these Tiny Tales will be loved by kids from 5+.

Humphrey's Ho-Ho-Ho Book of Stories

Humphrey's Ho-Ho-Ho Book of Stories

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

The famous class-room hamster has a great many wonderful adventures in this bumper volume of three books in one. As ever, Humphrey takes a beady hamster-eyed look at everything around him and makes some profound comments about them.  Humphrey enjoys life – a lot! And young readers will enjoy joining in his adventures. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Humphrey's Book of Christmas Fun

Humphrey's Book of Christmas Fun

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Humphrey’s many fans will love his Christmas jokes and Christmas puzzles. There’s something for everyone from the simple Spot the Difference Snowman to some complicated Sudokus. A perfect stocking filling providing hours of entertainment. ~ Julia Eccleshare

My Summer Fair Surprise!

My Summer Fair Surprise!

5+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

A message from Humphrey, hamster extraordinaire: Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE sharing my adventures as a classroom hamster with all my friends. In fact I'm unsqueakably excited to share my new stories with you and I think Humphrey fans and new younger readers will be excited, too! Because I've written some shorter tales that are every bit as funny and exciting as my According to Humphrey books. They're called Humphrey's Tiny Tales and they've even got illustrations! (I'm quite pleased at how cute I look in the pictures.)  

Other books by Betty G. Birney

Life According to Og the Frog

Life According to Og the Frog

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2018

The adventures in Humphrey's Room 26 are hopping back into the spotlight, from the perspective of Og the Frog!When Og the Frog first comes to Room 26, he doesn't know what to think. He misses his friends from the pond, there are all kinds of strange noises, and the water is his tank just might be too clean (you know, a little muck never hurt anyone). But the furry, squeaky fellow living next to him is endlessly entertaining, the kids sure are friendly, and--BING, BANG, BOING!--they put big fat crickets right into his tank. All of this gives Og lots of ideas for one of his favorite passtimes--making up poems and songs. But he gets stumped when talk turns to sending him back to the pond. Will he have to say good-bye to Tabitha whose whole life just changed like his? Or Mandy who just started seeing the bright side of things with his help? And Humphrey, who he's finally beginning to figure out? Og's frog's-eye view of the world is curious, sympathetic, and poetic, and the perfect companion to The World According to Humphrey.

World According to Humphrey

World According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

The first book in the series about everyone's favorite classroom pet! You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That's what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course). With lots of friends to help, adventures to enjoy, and a cage with a lock-that-doesn't- lock, Humphrey's life is almost perfect. If only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn't out to get him! Boys and girls can't help falling in love with Humphrey!

Friendship According to Humphrey

Friendship According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26-a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits (remember, he has a lock-that-doesn't-lock). Plus, the students are so interested in Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad-bad-sad feelings he's had since Og came, but luckily he still gets to have adventures with different kids on the weekends. Friendship can be tricky, but Humphrey is an intrepid problem-solver. If any hamster can become buddies with a frog, he can.

Trouble According to Humphrey

Trouble According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

Humphrey loves to solve problems for his classmates in Room 26, but he never meant to create one! Golden-Miranda, one of his favorite students, gets blamed when Humphrey is caught outside of his cage while she's in charge. Since no one knows about his lock-that-doesn't-lock, he can't exactly squeak up to defend her. Humphrey really has his paws full when Don't-Complain- Mandy-Payne and her family stir up more big trouble. Humphrey manages to help Pay-Attention-Art and Sit-Still-Seth and even survives a trip to the vet, but can he clear Miranda's name without giving up his freedom forever?

Surprises According to Humphrey

Surprises According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Humphrey enjoys surprises as much as the next hamster, like his brand new hamster ball or a surprise part, but sometimes surprises can be bad... Like coming whisker to whisker with a cat (EEK!) or having an alien from another planet move into Room 26! All this and LOTS-LOTS-LOTS more happens in Humphrey's new book of adventures, Surprises According to Humphrey.

More Adventures According to Humphrey

More Adventures According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

When Humphrey hears about a sailing competition on Potter's Pond, he longs for a BIG-BIG-BIGGER adventure. And believe us, he gets one... but it isn't all smooth sailing. He helps out his classmates, takes an unsqueakably dangerous voyage of his own, and even comes face-to-face with a pirate!

Spring According to Humphrey

Spring According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2016

Spring is in the air, and lots of things are growingincluding the Room 26 family! Signs of spring are very exciting to everyone at Longfellow School. Mrs. Brisbane's class has seen flowers poking out of snow and baby birds hatching, and Just-Joey even brought in tadpoles that are growing into frogs. It also means Family Fun Night is coming up, and all of the students' families are involved in making amazing activities. Humphrey helps in many ways, of course, but he can't stop wondering about his own family. He doesn't know anything about his mom or dad. Luckily, all of his wonderful friends help him see that families come in many shapes and sizes, and Humphrey's might be the biggest (and best!) one of all.From the Hardcover edition.

Imagination According to Humphrey

Imagination According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 22/01/2015

Humphrey's eleventh adventure celebrates stories, writing, and the power of the imagination!Imaginations are running wild in Mrs. Brisbane's class, but Humphrey is stumped. His friends are writing about where they would go if they could fly, but Humphrey is HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY right where he is in Room 26.It's pawsitively easy for Humphrey to picture exciting adventures with dragons and knights in the story Mrs. Brisbane is reading aloud. He has no trouble coming up with plans to help his friends and tricks to entertain them. His imagination even goes a little too far when he wonders if Carlos's imaginary friend might be a ghost.If only his imagination wouldn't disappear when he tries to write. Luckily, Humphrey likes a challenge, and Mrs. Brisbane has lots of writing tips that do the trick.

Humphrey Audio Collection, Books 8-11

Humphrey Audio Collection, Books 8-11

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 22/01/2015

Nominated for twenty-four state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country.This collection includes:Mysteries According to Humphrey:EEK-EEK-EEK! Mrs. Brisbane is missing!Humphrey has always investigated things, like why Speak-Up-Sayeh was so quiet and Tall-Paul and Small-Paul didn't get along, but this is a true mystery--Mrs. Brisbane is missing! She just didn't show up in Room 26 one morning and no one told Humphrey why. The class has a substitute teacher, called Mr. E., but he's no Mrs. Brisbane. Humphrey has just learned about Sherlock Holmes, so he vows to be just as SMART-SMART-SMART about collecting clues and following leads to solve the mystery of Mrs. Brisbane (and a few others along the way).Winter According to Humphrey:It's the HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY holidays!The holidays are coming and Humphrey is unsqueakably excited. He loves to hear about all the different ways his friends in Room 26 celebrate and to watch them make costumes and learn songs for the Winter Wonderland pageant. (He even squeaks along!) But with so much to do, will the holidays go according to plan? Do-It-Now-Daniel is having trouble practicing, Helpful-Holly can't stop worrying about making presents for her friends, and Humphrey still has to find a gift for Og! Good thing Humphrey is one smart hamster who can help them all fill the season with JOY-JOY-JOY!Secrets According to Humphrey:So many secrets are flying around Room 26 that Humphrey can barely keep track. Mrs. Brisbane knows a student is leaving, but Humphrey can't figure out which one. (Even more confusing, Mrs. Brisbane seems unsqueakably happy about it.) The class is studying the Ancient Egyptians, and some of the kids have made up secret clubs and secret codes. Even Aldo is holding back news from Humphrey.Humphrey's job as classroom pet is to help his humans solve their problems, but all these secrets are making it HARD-HARD-HARD!Imagination According to Humphrey:Imaginations are running wild in Mrs. Brisbane's class, but Humphrey is stumped. His friends are writing about where they would go if they could fly, but Humphrey is HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY right where he is in Room 26.It's pawsitively easy for Humphrey to picture exciting adventures with dragons and knights in the story Mrs. Brisbane is reading aloud. He has no trouble coming up with Plans to help his friends and tricks to entertain them. His imagination even goes a little too far when he wonders if Carlos's imaginary friend might be a ghost.If only his imagination wouldn't disappear when he tries to write. Luckily, Humphrey likes a challenge, and Mrs. Brisbane has lots of writing tips that do the trick.

Mysteries According to Humphrey

Mysteries According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2015

EEK-EEK-EEK! Mrs. Brisbane is missing!Humphrey has always investigated things, like why Speak-Up-Sayeh was so quiet and Tall-Paul and Small-Paul didn't get along, but this is a true mystery--Mrs. Brisbane is missing! She just didn't show up in Room 26 one morning and no one told Humphrey why. The class has a substitute teacher, called Mr. E., but he's no Mrs. Brisbane. Humphrey has just learned about Sherlock Holmes, so he vows to be just as SMART-SMART-SMART about collecting clues and following leads to solve the mystery of Mrs. Brisbane (and a few others along the way).Nominated for twenty-four state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country.

Winter According to Humphrey

Winter According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2015

It's the HAPPY-HAPPY-HAPPY holidays!The holidays are coming and Humphrey is unsqueakably excited. He loves to hear about all the different ways his friends in Room 26 celebrate and to watch them make costumes and learn songs for the Winter Wonderland pageant. (He even squeaks along!) But with so much to do, will the holidays go according to plan? Do-It-Now-Daniel is having trouble practicing, Helpful-Holly can't stop worrying about making presents for her friends, and Humphrey still has to find a gift for Og! Good thing Humphrey is one smart hamster who can help them all fill the season with JOY-JOY-JOY!

Secrets According to Humphrey

Secrets According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2015

Humphrey is back in his tenth adventure in the beloved middle-grade series!So many secrets are flying around Room 26 that Humphrey can barely keep track. Mrs. Brisbane knows a student is leaving, but Humphrey can't figure out which one. (Even more confusing, Mrs. Brisbane seems unsqueakably happy about it.) The class is studying the Ancient Egyptians, and some of the kids have made up secret clubs and secret codes. Even Aldo is holding back news from Humphrey.Humphrey's job as classroom pet is to help his humans solve their problems, but all these secrets are making it HARD-HARD-HARD!

Bumper Book of Humphrey's Tiny Tales

Bumper Book of Humphrey's Tiny Tales

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Featuring 3 published 'tiny tales' and one brand new one this bumper collection will have kids and parents laughing their way through it.  It includes My Pet Show Panic!, My Summer Fair Surprise!, My Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure! and an all new story My Mixed-Up Magic Trick!.  Perfect for younger Humphrey fans, these Tiny Tales will be loved by kids from 5+.

Humphrey's Ho-Ho-Ho Book of Stories

Humphrey's Ho-Ho-Ho Book of Stories

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

The famous class-room hamster has a great many wonderful adventures in this bumper volume of three books in one. As ever, Humphrey takes a beady hamster-eyed look at everything around him and makes some profound comments about them.  Humphrey enjoys life – a lot! And young readers will enjoy joining in his adventures. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Humphrey's Book of Christmas Fun

Humphrey's Book of Christmas Fun

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Humphrey’s many fans will love his Christmas jokes and Christmas puzzles. There’s something for everyone from the simple Spot the Difference Snowman to some complicated Sudokus. A perfect stocking filling providing hours of entertainment. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 7: My Really Wheely Racing Day!

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 7: My Really Wheely Racing Day!

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE sharing my adventures as a classroom hamster with all my friends. But sometimes my paw gets tired from so much writing! To give it a rest, I've written some shorter tales that are every bit as funny and exciting as my According to Humphrey books. They're called Humphrey's Tiny Tales and they've even got illustrations! (I'm quite pleased at how cute I look in the pictures.) I'm unsqueakably excited to share my new stories with you and I think Humphrey fans and new younger readers will be excited, too! Your furry friend, Humphrey Humphrey gets the surprise of his classroom life when he gets a whizzy hamster racing car. It's bright red with a stripe down the side and he LOVES-LOVES-LOVES it! He practises as hard as he can, because there's going to be a pet race. If he tries really hard, will he win? Humphrey's in for another fur-raising adventure!

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 6: My Playful Puppy Problem!

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 6: My Playful Puppy Problem!

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE sharing my adventures as a classroom hamster with all my friends. But sometimes my paw gets tired from so much writing! To give it a rest, I've written someshorter tales that are every bit as funny and exciting as my According to Humphrey books. They're called Humphrey's Tiny Tales and they've even got illustrations! (I'm quite pleased at how cute I look in the pictures.) I'm unsqueakably excited to share my new stories with you and I think Humphrey fans and new younger readers will be excited too! Your Furry Friend, Humphrey Humphrey has loved helping Richie with his science project, but then Richie's new dog bounds in and ruins all their hard work! If only Humphrey can keep that playful puppy away, he has a GREAT-GREAT-GREAT idea to save the day, but will it work? He's in for a close call and another fur-raising adventure! Illustrated throughout with black and white line illustrations by Penny Dann.

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 5: My Treasure Hunt Trouble!

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 5: My Treasure Hunt Trouble!

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2012

I was unsqueakably excited when Garth took Og the frog and me home for the weekend, because he was having a birthday party! I was expecting to have a GREAT-GREAT-GREAT time. I wasn't expecting there to be a thief, hidden treasure, and a mystery only I could solve! . This is a specially extended version of Humphry's 2011 World Book Day Book.

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 4: My Great Big Birthday Bash!

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 4: My Great Big Birthday Bash!

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE sharing my adventures as a classroom hamster with all my friends. But sometimes my paw gets tired from so much writing! To give it a rest, I've written some shorter tales that are every bit as funny and exciting as my According to Humphrey books. They're called Humphrey's Tiny Tales and they've even got illustrations! (I'm quite pleased at how cute I look in the pictures.) I'm unsqueakably excited to share my new stories with you and I think Humphrey fans and new younger readers will be excited, too! Your furry friend, Humphrey My Great Big Birthday Bash! It's party time in this Tiny Tale. Kirk's having a birthday bash, and everyone in Room 26 is invited, including Humphrey. The party is FUN-FUN-FUN! There are games to play and presents to unwrap, and of course cake! But Humphrey is SAD-SAD-SAD. No one knows when he was born, so he can never have a party on his birthday. Or can he? Luckily his friends in Room 26 have other ideas . . . Illustrated throughout with black and white line illustrations by Penny Dann.

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 3: My Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure!

Humphrey's Tiny Tales 3: My Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure!

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

Dear friends, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE sharing my adventures as a classroom hamster with all my friends. But sometimes my paw gets tired from so much writing! To give it a rest, I've written some shorter tales that are every bit as funny and exciting as my According to Humphrey books. They're called Humphrey's Tiny Tales and they've even got illustrations! (I'm quite pleased at how cute I look in the pictures.) I'm unsqueakably excited to share my new stories with you and I think Humphrey fans and new younger readers will be excited, too! Your furry friend, Humphrey My Creepy-Crawly Camping Adventure In this new Tiny Tale, Humphrey joins his friends from Room 26 on a camping adventure in the garden. But when night falls Humphrey hears a spooky howling noise - could there be creepy-crawly creatures outside his tent? When Humphrey plucks up the courage to investigate he discovers some BIG-BIG-BIG surprises! Illustrated throughout with black and white line illustrations by Penny Dann.

School Days According to Humphrey

School Days According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2011

A new school year and new friends for everyone's favorite classroom pet! Humphrey is excited to get back to Room 26 and see all his old classmates. But on the first day of school, a bunch of strange kids arrive and no matter how loudly he squeaks up, they don't realize they're in the wrong room! Finally Humphrey realizes that these kids are his new classmates, and he sets off to learn all about them. He hasn't forgotten about his friends from last year, and of course they miss him a ton. But when they start talking about taking him from Mrs. Brisbane's room, Humphrey gets unsqueakably nervous. How could he say good-bye to Mrs. Brisbane and Ognot to mention his new friendsfor good?

Summer According to Humphrey

Summer According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 04/02/2010

In his sixth adventure, Humphrey heads off for the great outdoors. When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he panics. School ends? What?s a classroom hamster to do if he?s not in school? But as it turns out, there?s something thrilling in store for Humphrey and Og the frog: going to Camp Happy Hollow with Ms. Mac and lots of the kids from Room 26! Camper Humphrey meets a friendly wild mouse, tracks down Og when he gets lost by the lake, and uses his wily charm to help kids adjust to cabin life and make new friends. Everyone?s favorite classroom pet keeps entertaining kids across the nation, and his books have won eight state awards and were nominated for fourteen others.From the Hardcover edition.

Adventure According to Humphrey

Adventure According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 04/02/2010

The students in Room 26 are learning about boats and building their own for a race on Potter's Pond. Humphrey the hamster loves dreaming about being a pirate and watching his friends build ships. But when he mistakenly ends up at sea on the day of the boat race, he finds himself in the middle of more adventure than he bargained for! Humphrey is back in this charming story of a hamster on the high seas of hilarity.

Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2009

When Eben McAllister reads about the Seven Wonders of the World, he longs to escape the small farming community of Sassafras Springs and do some exploring of his own. No one else ever seems to want to leave Sassafras, howevernot even his best pal, Jeband so, for now, Eben figures he's stuck on the farm with Pa and Aunt Pretty until he grows up. All that changes when his pa, tired of Eben's moping, challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras Springs that can stand up to the real Seven Wonders of the World. And if he does? Then Eben will get the adventure he's been craving fora trip out West. Eben doesn't reckon he'll have any luckhe can't think of even one thing that could be called ';interesting,' let alone wondrous, in Sassafras, but he figures he'll give it a try. Told in a down-home narrative with glimmers of magical realism woven throughout, Betty G. Birney's tale about a boy's journey of discovery reminds us all that extraordinary things can happen in the most ordinary of places . . . even in Sassafras Springs.

The Princess and the Peabodys

The Princess and the Peabodys

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Once upon a time, in the magical land of Pine Glen, California, lived a girl named Casey Peabody - that's me - and her family. We still live in Pine Glen, which isn't really magical, or at least it wasn't until the princess came. Even then, the magic that happened was a lot different than what you read about in fairy tales. Tomboy Casey Peabody has her life turned upside-down when Princess Eglantine Eleanor Annalisa Ambrosia de Bercy magically appears in her living room. Problem is, her hapless wizard Alaric can't find a spell to magic her back to where she came from - much to Casey's horror. Princess Egg is now living with them, sharing Casey's bedroom and even stealing the affections of Casey's dog. But life is about to get worse when Egg starts school. Aside from her dodgy fashion sense, she is arrogant, proud and has a habit of calling people peasants. Will Casey be able to stop this royal pain in the neck from turning her into the laughing stock of the school? A funny, delightful, touching new novel from Betty G. Birney.

Friendship According to Humphrey

Friendship According to Humphrey

Author: Betty G. Birney Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/10/2008

Humphrey must make friends with Og the Frog, the lumpy, bumpy new inhabitant of Room 26, and finds himself solving more friendship problems than just his own.

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