My Little Vampire

ML decided months ago she wanted to be a vampire. We bought a black dress for the occasion. Recently, we’ve read several vampire picture books.  The books reminded us she needed a cape, fangs and bright red lipstick.  They have been purchased and are ready for Friday night.

Below are our favorite vampire picture books.  Plus a bonus for parents of toddlers.


Vampirina Ballerina written by Countess Anne Marie Pace and pictures by Mistress of the Night LeUyen Pham – ML loved the illustration of Vamperina demonstrating her plies and arabesques to all the creatures in her house… a ghost, Frankenstein, a mummy and more.

Vampire Boy

Vampire Boy’s Good Night by Lisa Brown – ML found the illustration featuring two legs with black and white tights and ruby red slippers sticking out from under a house hilarious.  We saw The Wizard of Oz Broadway play last year; so ML fully appreciated the reference.

Dear Vampa

Dear Vampa by Ross Collins – “A young vampire writes a letter to his grandfather bemoaning his new neighbors.” The vampires decide to sell their house.  ML and I howled when we saw who bought the house. Here’s a hint about the buyers.  On the full moon, they’ll be howling too.


The Sleepless Little Vampire by Richard Egielski – Why isn’t the little vampire sleeping.  Is it the noisy creatures around?  Spiders, bats, cockroaches and more?  Of course not.  He’s waiting for the sun to rise.


Hampire! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Howard Fine – Who is this vampire and what does it eat?  Not your average vampire book.

I'm a Vampire

I’m a Little Vampire by Sonali Fry and illustrated by Sanja Rescek – It’s a board book so ML wouldn’t let me read it stating, “That’s for babies.”  But it’s so adorable I had to include it for those of you with toddlers.

Misbehaving Moms

ChicksRunWild MonkeysJumpingBed

It’s time for mom’s to have some misbehaving time.  Between all the inclement weather school closings and rearranging schedules, we deserve to have some fun.  I love the recent article on Slate, Goodnight Snow Days a satire based on the classic book, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

ML loves books with a misbehaving mom component.  Two favorites include:

Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Ward Jenkins – Every time Mama tucks in her chicks, they wait for her to leave.  Then, they go crazy… wiggling, jumping, cartwheeling, somersaulting and  pillow fighting.  Finally, Mama gets smart and joins the fray.  She leads them in a chicken dance; exhausting them to the point where they beg to go to sleep.  After Mama tucks them in, her wild evening plans begin.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow – A funny rendition of the popular repetitive counting rhyme where five monkeys jump on the bed.  Gradually all of them bump their head.  Each time mama calls the doctor; the response is “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”  Guess who starts jumping on her bed when all the little monkeys are asleep?

So on the first nice evening after my new patio is complete, I invite all mom’s to put their children to bed.  Then, join me on the patio for some misbehaving.  I’ll provide the wine and cheese.  Please no jumping on our beds.