Anne marie pace



How did you come up with the idea for VAMPIRINA BALLERINA?

I was thinking about opposites, or at least, things that are different from one another.  That led to the idea of a vampire who wants to take ballet lessons.  Vampires and ballerinas are very different, right?  I knew I wanted to explore those differences. That’s what writing so often is, exploring ideas on paper and figuring out how to communicate them in a story.

Did you and LeUyen Pham work together? It seems like the pictures and the text work so well together.

Usually in making a picture book, the author and illustrator work separately without talking to each other, but for VAMPIRINA BALLERINA, our editors Kevin and Rotem had us collaborate more than usual. My favorite picture books are those where the pictures have more in them than just the story that’s told with words, and I think LeUyen is a master of that.  There are 37 things I’ve noticed that are her special touches.  You might find even more.

Tell us about the Disney Junior animated series.

Disney Junior created an animated series for young children based on VAMPIRINA BALLERINA.
The show is called VAMPIRINA and it premiered in October, 2017.  I am not part of the production team, so I watch each episode just like all of Vampirina’s fans to see what the show is like.  The people who are making VAMPIRINA are the same people who make the wonderful show DOC MCSTUFFINS. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Will there be more VAMPIRINA BALLERINA books?

The latest book, VAMPIRINA IN THE SNOW, was released on October 2, 2018.

Where can I get a copy of VAMPIRINA BALLERINA and the other books in the series?

You can order them from online booksellers or get them through your favorite local bookstores. If you wanted a signed copy, you can call The Sycamore Tree bookstore at 434-529-8270 and they can have me come in to their store to sign your book and they’ll mail it to you.

Are there party supplies for a Vampirina party?

There are no party supplies that you can buy at stores that look like the book characters, but there are party supplies that look like TV Vampirina. I made a Pinterest page with lots of ideas for making your own Vampirina party.  Go here.

Do you have any ideas for teaching Vampirina Ballerina in my classroom?

My writer friend Natalie Dias Lorenzi, who is also a teacher and school librarian, created a wonderful Vampirina Ballerina teacher’s guide, which you can download here.