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 receive, I cannot respond to individual e-mails. 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 222 Berkeley St. Boston MA 02116 Attn: Vivian Vande Velde Author Mail (If you enclose an envelope already addressed to you and 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 absolutely, positively MUST have an answer within a couple days.
If you want to write to me regarding a school or library or conference visit, please contact:
RACWI 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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)