Vivian Vande Velde Main Page

I've had stories published in magazines such as Cricket, Highlights for Children, Read, and Disney Adventures, and in various anthologies.

Some of the places where my stories or articles have been published include:



  • "a.k.a. Hood"


(a companion piece to the LIttle Red Riding Hood stories in Cloaked in Red)


  • "Effortless Weight-Loss, Inc."


(Rest assured:  This is a short story, not diet tips.)


Writing it Right!   How Successful Children's Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories (edited by Sandy Asher)

  • an excerpt from Heir Apparent

This is an invaluable tool for writers, giving examples of the revision process from 20 authors/22 published works (including the entire text of picture books and short stories, and excerpts from novels).

Besides being an editor, Sandy Asher is the author of picture books, short stories, poems, articles, and plays.  Visit Sandy's website by clicking here.


Sandy and Vivian


Sideshow:  10 Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical (edited by Deborah Noyes)

  • "Those Psychics on TV"

(stories by David Almond, Aimee Bender, Cecil Castellucci, Shawn Cheng, Annette Curtis Klause, Margo Lanagan, Danica Novgorodoff, Matt Phelan, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Vivian Vande Velde)


It's a Rat's World Magazine 

My daughter, Elizabeth, wrote an article about decorating Easter Eggs with her very clever pet rat, Bullwinkle.  



Photos by Beth Vande Velde and Vivian Vande Velde.

Take a look at It's a Rat's World here.


In Short:  How to Teach the Young Adult Short Story (edited by Suzanne I. Barchers)

  • "Dear Mr. Dickens"


(stories by Avi, Joan Bauer, T.A. Barron, Larry Bogard, Jospeh Bruchac, Donna Gamache, Kendall Haven, Roy Hoffman, Trish Holland, C.S. Perryess, Neal Shusterman, Gloria Skurzynski, Gene Twaronite, Vivian Vande Velde, and Angel Vigil)


Gothic!  10 Original Dark Tales (edited by Deborah Noyes)

  • "Morgan Roehmar's Boys"


available in hardcover and paperback

(stories by Joan Aiken, M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Celia Rees, Jani Lee Simner, Vivian Vande Velde, Barry Yourgrau)

This book has been named for these honors:

  • A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age 2005
  • An ALA Best Book for Young
  • A Kirkus Reviews 2004 Editors Choice
  • A Locus Magazine Recommended Reading Title
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • starred reviews in Horn Book, Kirkus, and Booklist

Girls To The Rescue

  • "For Love of Sunny" -- also included in Once Upon A Test: Three Light Tales of Love
  • "Lian and the Unicorn"


A Nightmare's Dozen

  • "Cypress Swamp Granny" -- also included in Curses, Inc.


in hardcover and paperback


A Wizard's Dozen

  • "Lost Soul" -- also included in Curses, Inc.


in hardcover and paperback


Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers

  • "Past Sunset" -- also included in Curses, Inc.