Monday, October 15, 2012

Vampire Professor Bertena Varney on Vampires for Kids

Today, Bertena Varney, The Vampire Professor, will talk about where to find child-appropriate vampire media.


Imagine going in to a store and asking for vampire items for kids. Whether it is a preschool or easy reader book or a cartoon DVD, adults will give you a strange look when you have an arm full of vampire items for children.

The comment that comes up the most is. “I didn’t know that there were vampires for kids. Isn’t it too scary and violent? I would never let my child have stuff that has vampires in it.”

I just laugh at this because most of the vampire related items for children are items that most parents don’t even realize that their own children are watching.

The questions that I place to these parents are, “Has your child ever watched Sesame Street or Scooby Doo?” Well, then your child has been exposed to the creepy monster known as the vampire.

I recently bought a book titled, Dick and Jane and Vampires for my nephew for Christmas. I opened the book to the very picture that showed the kids running away from the vampire screaming. Wow – that wouldn’t win anyone over. As I flipped through the book I noticed most of the pictures looked like that, until you read the accompanying text. The children were learning that not everything they see is as it appears. But to a parent just opening the book, it was not proving my point at all. It actually looked scary.

And what was my point? My point was that not all things are what they appear to be. There is a vampire for children that is age appropriate and facilitates learning. However, many adults just think about sharing their interest with their children with age appropriate material. Being a former public school teacher I stress, appropriate age related material here.

At the end of this blog, you the reader will find a small list of child appropriate shows and books for children.

~~Children’s Books for ages 6-12~~
· A Practical Guide to Vampires by Lisa Trumbauer
· A Vampire Halloween by John Bianchi
· A Vampire is Coming to Dinner by Pamela Jane and Pedro Rodriquez
· A Vampire Named Fred by Bill Crider
· Alex Van Helsing by Jason Henderson
· Attack of the Vampire Weenie by Brian Lubar
· Baby Vampire Gulp! By Lucie Papaneau et al
· Bunnicula Series by James Howe
· Camp Vampire by Jeff Gilbert
· Dick, Jane and Vampires by Laura Marchesni
· Dracula by Keith Faulkner and Jonathan Lambert
· Fang of the Vampire by Tommy Donvaband
· Help! A Vampire is Coming by Abby Klein
· Horrid Henry and the Vampire Zombie by Francesca Simon
· How to be a Vampire by R.L. Stein
· Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire by Heather Swain
· Little Vampire by Joann Sfar
· My Sister the Vampire by Sienna Mercer
· Nancy Drew Vampire Slayer by Stefan Petrucha
· Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire by Andrew Pniter
· Prince of Dorkness by Tim Collins
· Priscilla the Great Vampire by Sybil Nelson
· Return of the Vampire by Geronimo Stilton
· Scream Street Series by Tommy Donvaband
· Sleepover Club Vampire by Fionna Cummins
· Teddy Gyros: Kid Vampire Slayer by Michael Sortino
· The History of Vampires by Sylvia Branzei
· The Little Vampire Series by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
· The Little Vampires by Rebecca Hicks
· The Shadow Garden series by Malla Duncan
· The Sleepless Little Vampire by Richard Egielski
· The Story of Frankenstein Dracula and Wolfman – no author listed
· The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
· The Vampire’s Curse by Dan Greenburg
· The Vampire’s Vacation by Ron Roy
· The Vampires Went Thataway by Nancy Lamb
· The Young Vampire Adventures by Star Donovan
· V is for Vampire by Adele Griffin
· Vampirates by Justin Somper
· Vampire Bass by Tom Watson
· Vampire Boy’s Goodnight by Lisa Brown
· Vampire Brat by Angie Sage
· Vampire Breathe by R.L. Stine
· Vampire Don’t Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey
· Vampire Hunt by Dan Jolley
· Vampire Island by Adele Griffin
· Vampire Snacks by Larry Derryberry
· Vampires by Charlotte Guillain
· Vampires by Jim Pipe
· Vampires by S.L. Hamilton
· Vampires by Stephen Krensky
· Vampires Do Hunt Marshmallow Bunnies by Marcia Thorton Jones
· Vinny the Vampire by Jordan Pierce

Bertena Varney

The Lure of the Vampire - 2nd Edition has been picked up Hydra Publications and provides more television, cartoons, movies and books that are appropriate for children.
It will also discuss other aspects of the vampire in pop culture including movies, television, books, comics, video games and more.

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