Vivian Vande Velde Main Page

Older houses have attics for storage.  Even people who don't have an attic usually have one room or closet or area where they put everything that they don't know what to do with, or that they don't have room for anyplace else.

This is my internet attic room.

How to contact me:

Because of the volume of mail I recieve, I cannot respond to individual emails.  If you'd like to get a personal response, you can send me a letter through the regular mail by writing to me at:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Children's Books
125 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
Attn: Vivian Vande Velde Author Mail

(If you enclose an envelope already addressed to you with a stamp, that's even more helpful.)  I'll do my best to get back to you as quickly as I can, but sometimes I might be delayed because of my writing schedule or because I'm occasionally away from home at conferences or visiting schools.  So don't write to me when you absoutely, positively MUST have an answer within a couple of days.

If you want to write to me regarding a school or library or conference visit, please contact:

Lucy Giglio
Author Booking Agent



-- video interview with Jody Anderson of the Henry County Public Library in Clinton, MO "Ask the Author" series (June 2020)

For "Ask the Author" interview, click here.


-- video interview with writer Andrea Page (May 2019)

at Andrea Page's blog


-- interview and book review for Squirrel in the Museum (April 2019)

at Children's Book Corner, by Judy Bradbury


-- Interview in Time Travels Time Two (October 2016)

conducted by Susan Olson. 

-- "Get to Know Vivian Vande Velde"--interview by Deena Viviani in Rochester and Genesee Valley Parent (2016)

Read more about Deena Lipomi Viviani


at her website:

--  interview conducted by Debbi Michiko Florence re. 23 Minutes (2016)

--  interview conducted by Debbi Michiko Florence (2013)

You can read more about Debbi

at her website: 

-- Awake at Midnight interview (conducted by JS Daly) (February 2014)

-- Holiday House Q & A regarding 8 Class Pets (November 2011)

-- OK, it's not so much an interview, but an article I wrote in response to an invitation from David Harrison.

Visit David's website at >  

 * A note for teachers, librarians, and students I've met over the years at the Children's Literature Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri:  David also has a blog post about that festival--including a list of authors and illustrators who formerly participated and their contact info. Visit that post here.

-- Interview conducted by Cynthia Leitich Smith in her on-going series about authors' critique groups (2011)


Cynthia has a great website at where she has wonderful information for writers and book lovers. 

Cynthia's newest book is Hearts Unbroken (October 2018)

-- Interview (conducted by Carly Reads!) for the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (2010)

-- ALAN Review (Fall 2004) 


Or take a look at Something About the Author, available at many libraries.

Or--and I'm so tickled and yet blush to mention it--there is a biogrphy of me:  
Vivian Vande Velde:  Author of Fantasy Fiction
written by Candie Moonshower as part of the "Authors Teens Love" series.

Check out the effervescent Candie



I belong to a group called Rochester Area Children's Writers & Illustrators, which is a network of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. This is an organization for people actively working in the field of writing or illustrating children's books. ("Actively writing" does not necessarily mean "published" but it means more than thinking about writing "someday, when I have the time.") Meetings are in the evening, the first Thursday of the month. If you're interested in joining, you can contact: Roxanne Chadwick at


Rochester Children's Book Festival
An annual one-day gathering of authors and illustrators. We sell books, meet with the public, give mini-presentations and workshops. Parking and admission to all Book Festival events are free. 


For information about the Rochester Children's Book Festival, click here.

Art by Fans 

by Nathan from 12 Corners Middle School


by Sophie from 12 Corners Middle School


 by Vivi of 12 Corners Middle School


from my talk where I mentioned having trouble with games' rules - Catch the Ball by Xavier from 12 Corners Middle School


Haunted House by David from 12 Corners Middle School



Little Gray Riding Hood  by Hasan from 12 Corners Middle School


Thank you by Vivian from 12 Corners Middle School



Miss Turtledove (from Troll Teacher) by McKayla in California


Galileo and Newton from 8 Class Pets, by Jenna in Williamson, NY


A request from Rochester, NY: Could you make a book named Learn Disco Dance

A thank-you note from a future writer in Rochester, NY


3-D card from students at Hartford Memorial Middle School in White River Junction, VT:



by Aubrey from Rochester, NY:


by Autumn from Rochester, NY:


by Cory from Rochester, NY:


by Whisper from Texas, "Death of Roses":


by Yajaira from Colorado, an illustration of Three Good Deeds:



by the exceptionally clever book club at Kennedy Elementary School in Roxbury, NJ, whose members gave themselves goose names, and made goose sculptures:


by Hayley, from Texas:


by the talented performers from Juneau, Alaska who did a podcast of "For Love of Sunny" from Once Upon a Test







Smart Dog talks about books, by Isabella of PA:


2 pictures from Heir Apparent by Amanda of WI:



From Sarah, in Texas:


an illustration of Dragon's Bait, from Kirisa, of Virginia:


VVV with Flat Stanley

(at Maryland Association of School Librarians Conference:  Ocean City, Maryland - 2007)

Sparkly Something
My daughter Beth's beautiful (and sparkly!) hand-made creations.

Author School Visits by State
Author Kim Norman's helpful list for people trying to track down authors by where they live.

Stephen Ministries
My husband Jim is a trained Stephen Minister. This is a non-denominational volunteer organization that provides an empathetic ear for those who need someone to talk to.

Simply because this is a good organization that does good work. Birthright helps women and girls facing problem unplanned pregnancies.

Fawn Meadow Wood Crafters
Because we're related, and because Bruce does incredible work.

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