Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List! I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and educator who maintains this site. I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and I realize that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits. With that in mind, this is a list of authors who offer free 15-20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books. As an author, I offer free Skype chats for the following titles:
(Please check book release dates! Upcoming titles are also listed; Skype visits available upon book’s release!)
If you’re interested in booking a “virtual visit” with me, please visit my website or drop me an email (kmessner at katemessner dot com).
How does a Skype virtual visit work? Click here to read a blog entry about my students’ virtual visit with the fantastic Laurie Halse Anderson. It includes an overview of how a Skype chat with an author might work, as well as tips for teachers, librarians, & book club organizers to help your virtual visit run smoothly. You can click here to read my first School Library Journal technology feature on Skype author visits, called “Met Any Good Authors Lately? Classroom Visits Can Happen Via Skype” and this follow-up SLJ feature, “An Author in Every Classroom: Kids Connecting with Authors via Skype. It’s the next best thing to being there.” There’s also an ever-growing list of authors who offer both free and paid Skype visits at the Skype An Author Network.
Important note for teachers & librarians: Please check with the author via email to be sure he or she still offers free Skype chats before you purchase books or make plans. (Some authors offer only a limited number of free Skype visits, and some who start out offering free visits begin to charge later on. I don’t always get those updates right away.) And authors…if you’re on this list but no longer offer free Skype visits, please let me know.
Authors Who Skype With Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)
The following authors offer free 15-20-minute Skype chats with book clubs and classes that have read one of their books! (Many also offer more in-depth virtual visits for a fee.) To arrange a virtual visit, check out the authors’ websites for book choices and contact information. Then ask for their books at your favorite bookstore or visit IndieBound to find a store near you!
For Middle Grade Book Clubs (Ages 8-12)
Sara Lewis HolmesJacqueline HoutmanLynda Mullaly HuntMichele Weber HurwitzMark JeffreyLynne KellyDerek Taylor KentRose KentMorgan KeyesKristen KittscherJo KnowlesJane KurtzR.L. LaFeversIrene LathamJessica LeaderLindsey LeavittDebbie LevyJoanne LevyCynthea LiuC. Alexander LondonDayna LorentzEric LuperJoAnn Early MackenTorrey MaldonadoLeslie MargolisNan MarinoStephen McCranieKate MessnerRita MurphyRichard NewsomeBarbara O’ConnorWendy OrrMitali PerkinsErica PerlSarah PrineasKatie QuirkCandice RansomOlugbemisola Rhuday-PerkovichYolanda RidgeKaren Romano YoungMadelyn RosenbergKurtis ScalettaAugusta ScattergoodLaura SchaeferLisa SchroederAdam SelzerLaurel SnyderMargo SorensonTricia SpringtubbAnna StaniszewskiCatherine StineMelissa ThomsonJennifer TraftonAnne UrsuGreg van EekhoutNancy ViauJ and P VoelkelCynthia WillisBarry WolvertonBarbara WrightTracie Vaughn Zimmer
For Teen Book Clubs
(Also check out the list of adult authors below; many also work with teens.)
Michele AlbionAmy AlkonChrista AllanCharlene Ann BaumbichSandra GullandCarla GunnSue HarrisonSarah MacleanLouise MathewsonMaryann McFaddenKitty MorseOlugbemisola Rhuday-PerkovichKelly SimmonsGarth SteinGwendolyn Zepeda
For Adult Book Clubs
(Also check out the authors listed above; middle grade & teen novels can be great book club selections!)
Picture Book Clubs for Younger Readers (4-8)Marsha Diane ArnoldMike ArtellLouise BordenLarry Dane BrimnerSusan Taylor BrownLeslie BulionTracey M. CoxKatie DavisLori DegmanElizabeth DulembaKathy DuvalCarol Gordon Ekster Jonathan EmmettJill EsbaumCarol Gordon EskerAlison Ashley FormentoSonia Clark FosterBruce HaleLaurie JacobsLisa Jahn-CloughJane KohuthJane KurtzKara LareauTara LazarDeb LundJoAnn Early MackenWendy MartinKate MessnerJamie MichalakKim NormanWendy OrrErica PerlJean ReidyCandice RansomMadelyn RosenbergBarb RosenstockMichael ShouldersMargo SorensonDebbie A. TaylorNancy ViauJennifer Ward
If you’re an author of a traditionally published book who would like to be added, please email me (kmessner at katemessner dot com) with your name & website and whether you write picture books, MG, YA, or adult. For the sake of being clear, traditionally published means published in print by a widely recognized children’s book publisher. I recognize that e-books and self-published titles are also part of the publishing world, but a list that encompasses all of those would simply be too overwhelming for me to maintain. If someone would like to start a list of ebook and self-published authors who Skype, I think that would be great, and I’ll happily link to it here. So again…this is a list of traditionally published authors who offer FREE 20-minute Skype chats with classrooms & book clubs that have read one of their books.
If you’re a bookseller or book club member, teacher, or librarian, thanks for stopping by – and feel free to comment with any questions!