Good Reads for Young Vampire Fans
Steer Your Kids to These Vampire Books Suitable for Their Age
Currently The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and the movie have created a strong public interest in vampires. Even young children get curious about all the discussions of vampires. Obviously most children below the teen years won't be plowing through a 640 page romance about vampires. Parents will want to find vampire books appropriate for the experience level and reading level of their young vampire fan.
I started my career as a children's librarian over thirty years ago. Drawing on that background, I have assembled some more suitable vampire titles for junior vampire fans to read or in the case of preschoolers, for you to read to them.
(costume photo courtesy of Amazon)
Vampire Stories for the Youngest Ones
For kindergarten through 3rd grade
"This is a very cute kid's book about a vampire who loves vegetables and candy. He keeps to himself until he learns that one day every year there is a holiday where kids can get candy - for free! He leaves for a halloween adventure amongst the strange creatures known as "humans"... and finishes his tale with something even more special than candy.
This is one of the better kid's books to come out this year, both in terms of artwork and the pacing of the story. The artwork is unlike a lot of other kid's books in that it has much bolder contrasting colors as opposed to the usual pastel or primary color schemes. They did a great job of using dark colors to make a fun and mysterious world. There is a very cute section where Dagmar (the vampire) is trying on several costumes to wear for halloween. Another great scene in the book shows Dagmar (in bat form) flying above a city of trick or treaters. Kids will love counting all the different kids dressed up as monsters - and a couple of real monsters too!
The story also has a subtext about being afraid of people who seem different to you. Spend some time with Dagmar - you'll be glad that you did! " review from Amazon
Fun with Dick and Jane and a Vampire - and a fun book for early readers and even adults
If you grew up reading Dick and Jane, you'll get a real kick out of this transformation. Young readers who want a vampire story will find it not too scary and easy-to-read as well.
Vampire Books in Series for Children
If they like one, then there is more to go on to read.
For 9 - 12 year olds
For 11 - 14 year olds
"The Livingstone's are vegetarians. They're vampires, and they live in Manhattan. You just know it's not going to be a walk in the park--Central Park, that is.
Adele Griffin's Vampire Island takes us into the world of Lexie, Maddy and Hudson, a world where vampires and humans live together, but not all vampires are fruit-bat hybrids. I really enjoyed following Lexie through her boy problems, Maddy spying on the neighbors, and Hudson setting out to save the world.
Hudson has a small language problem. He uses old world words (like "yewn," "O' Happy Day" and "whilst") in a new world. He wants to help save the planet from global warming, so he makes people write on both sides of the paper, use the least amount of electricity possible, and sometimes has his sister Maddy scare kids into not using as much throw-away paper or plastic at lunch. By night he loves to fly through Central Park, talking to bat friends. By day he talks to the animals his parent's pet sit.
Lexie can do things only bats can do, echo-sounding, super-fast reflexes (I liked the coin catching trick), double-jointed knees. These attract the attention of the hottest guy in school, Dylan Easterby. Dylan happens to be the same age as Lexie (her human age anyway). Lexie runs into trouble because Mina, the most popular girl in school, also happens to want Dylan.
Of all the vampire children, Maddy has the most trouble adapting to the vegan diet, but she's willing to try some interesting new foods. She drinks hot pomegranate juice every morning, pretending it's blood. She eats mosquitoes and ticks to get the blood they have taken from others. She also has a keen sense for uncovering and hunting down pureblood vampires. When two move in across the street from the Livingstone's, she is not about to let them hurt her family. She's an awful cook, but that doesn't stop her from making cookies with garlic and holy water. She can also be bossy. She gets Hudson, her younger brother, to dress up as a girl elf scout, and has him sell the special cookies to the vampires. She's also disappointed that her brother looks better in her elf scout uniform then she does.
Adele Griffin's Vampire Island is a wonderful, funny, suspenseful story. I read it cover to cover in one sitting, and I would recommend it for anyone who likes adventure, magic, creatures of the night, and garlic cookies. " review from Amazon
A Boxed Set of Bunnicula Books - A bunny vampire, how fun!
"The first book grabs the reader and the sequels are great too. Here's what happens in Bunnicula: Things were never the same after that dark and stormy night when the family arrived home from the movies with a cuddly little bunny they'd found wrapped in a blanket left on a seat in the theater. Since it was a Dracula movies showing, they decided to name the bunny, Bunnicula.
It was Chester, their cat, who first noticed some very strange things about Bunnicula. For instance, the black and white markings on his back looked very much like a cloak and instead of the usual rabbit square buck teeth, he had sharp pointed fangs rather like a vampire's fangs.
Harold, the family dog, wasn't too impressed by these two oddities, but did notice that the rabbit seemed to sleep all day.
Then one morning the family discovered a white tomato and couldn't figure out what had happened to it. It seemed to be drained of its juice. Only Chester noticed the two tiny puncture marks in the tomato.
You'll love these books and their great animal characters. " (my review on Amazon)
Individual Titles about Bunnicula - Read all the books about Bunnicula, the vampire bunny
Bet you can't read just one!
And Even More Bunnicula Stories
Using Bunnicula in the Classroom - Perfect for teachers
"This resource is directly related to its literature equivalent and filled with a variety of cross-curricular lessons to do before, during, and after reading the book. This reproducible book includes sample plans, author information, vocabulary building ideas, cross-curriculum activities, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and ideas for culminating and extending the novel." (description from Amazon)
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This Vampire Book is for Teens - The Reformed Vampire Support Group
This one is for grades 7 and up.
"From the first page I was caught. No, not just by the clever turn of phrase and the hilarious lives these vampires lead, that's a given. I read Evil Genius and loved it too. No, it's the careful way that the characters are revealed and the absurd things they have to do to survive." (review on Amazon)
Buy the Book Here (The Reformed Vampire Support Group)
Learn All about Vampires
Some children resist reading novels, so try luring them into reading with nonfiction.
For ages 9 - 12.
"Have you ever thought about vampires? What they do? How they act, talk, or live? If you have, read "A Practical Guide to Vampires" by Lisa Trutkoff Trumbauer. You will learn everything about their weaknesses and powers. All the lore about them will help young vampire hunters with their job. When are they weakest? Do they have to drink human's blood? All these questions are answered and more! Read to fulfill your knowledge of one of the world's most mysterious monsters and eventually take on your role as a vampire hunter! Remember to wear your garlic necklace on this exciting adventure!
Before anything else, I have to say that the artistry was beautiful. "A Practical Guide to Vampires" was the most artistically pronounced book I have ever reviewed. The pictures go really well with the book. The artist beautifully depicts the actions, movements, words, and skills of a vampire with full-colored pictures. Children can read this book just by the art and guess what the pages say! I expect every monster lover or vampire enthusiast to enjoy this book! If your kid loves monsters like vampires or werewolves, this will be an exciting insight into their habits and life.
I would recommend "A Practical Guide to Vampires" by Lisa Trutkoff Trumbauer to anyone who loves monsters or anyone under the age of twelve. This is not a frightening book at all, and it explains vampires in a way children can understand. It is not only for monster lovers though, as I am not a monster enthusiast at all, and I enjoyed learning about these mystical creatures. I would think boys would like this book more than girls, but then again, that remains to be seen." (review from Amazon)