Vivian Vande Velde Main Page

- a new video - 


Children at  Clyde Erwin Elementary in Jacksonville, NC read or had read to them 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos. I made a video to talk to them about the book and to answer some questions.

Click here for video.


- calling Canandaigua, NY student artists! - 

In preparation for the Children's Bookfest in October

(more about that closer to the date), an art contest

(click on picture for a bigger image)


- a new video available -  

The videos from Festival to Go have been taken down from the Rochester City School District site because some of the presenters were reading an entire book, and copyright regulations only permitted those presentations to be up for a limited time and made available to a limited audience.

That was not the case with my presentation, where I read only a little bit from a longer work. Therefore, I am posting a link here. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into how I came to write THE BOOK OF MORDRED, published by Houghton Mifflin. And I hope you take to heart my encouragement to share your own stories.
To see more about The Book of Mordred, click here.

All of my videos are still available on

Vivian Vande Velde's You Tube Channel


- know your holidays -

Twitch the squirrel wants you to know that January 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. (Yes, it's a real thing.)

- To learn more about squirrels, click here.

- To see engineer Mark Rober try to outwit some of Twitch's cousins by building a squirrel-proof bird feeder (but instead he accidentally builds a squirrel playground/buffet), click here.

- To learn more about Twitch, click here.


- latest author appearance - 

Virtual author appearance, only available to those in the Rochester (NY) City School District

25 authors and illustrators made video presentations for

the virtual edition of 2020's Festival to Go (yes, I know it's now 2021, but this represents the program that was postponed in October 2020) 

Available to schools in the Rochester City School District for the month of January 2021  

For pictures of the presenters--and of book donations made possible by Scholastic, Toys for Tots, and The UPS Store--click here.


- Website News - 

Notice the Study Guides flag.

That's the place to go if you're interested in activities, discussion questions, or study guides for my books.  For the moment, there are only three (for 8 Class Pets, Curses, Inc., and Heir Apparent).  So, if you've written a study guide or quizz for one of my other books and you're willing to share, please contact: 

Lucy Giglio, Author Booking Agent



- Facebook -


No, I haven't joined the 21st century.

I don't have a Facebook page, but there is a

Vivian Vande Velde Books Facebook fan page!