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 Skype chats for all of my titles – check out the “Books” tab above for a list!
If you’re interested in booking a “virtual visit” with me, please visit my author-Skype page for current availability and directions for requesting a visit!
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 Picture Book & Young Chapter Book ReadersMarsha Diane Arnold Sarah Aronson Mike Artell Deborah Blumenthal Louise Borden Donna Janell Bowman Larry Dane Brimner Leslie Bulion Rachelle Burk Nancy Castaldo Tracey M. Cox Katie Davis Keila Dawson Erin Dealey Lori Degman Elizabeth Dulemba Kathy Duval Carol Gordon Ekster Jonathan Emmett Jill Esbaum Carol Gordon Esker Julie Falatko Debbi Michiko Florence Alison Ashley Formento Julie Fortenberry Sonia Clark Foster Josh Funk Laura Gehl Kristin L. Gray Jenna Grodzicki Susan Hood Laurie Jacobs Lisa Jahn-Clough Shelli R. Johannes Rebecca C. Jones Jacqueline Jules Jess Keating Jane Kohuth Jane Kurtz Kevin Kurtz Lindsey Lane Heather Lang Kara Lareau Tara Lazar Gail Carson Levine Nancy Tupper Ling Deb Lund JoAnn Early Macken Wendy Martin Sarah Jane Marsh Kate Messner Jamie Michalak Kate Narita Christopher Silas Neal Judy Carey Nevin Kim Norman Debbie Ridpath Ohi Wendy Orr Ammi-Joan Paquette Erica Perl Gina Perry Annette Pimentel Sally J. Pla J.L. Powers Candice Ransom Elizabeth Raum Jean Reidy Mara Rockliff Madelyn Rosenberg Barb Rosenstock Michelle Schaub Jody Jensen Shaffer Michael Shoulders Amy Sklansky Margo Sorenson Ruth Spiro Sarah Sullivan Jane Sutcliffe Jennifer Swanson Debbie A. Taylor Holly Thompson Laurie Ann Thompson Carmella Van Vleet Nancy Viau Stef Wade Laurie Wallmark Jennifer Ward Lee Wardlaw Dianne White Robin Yardi
For Middle Grade Readers (Ages 8-12)
Sara Lewis Holmes Amanda Hosch Jacqueline Houtman Lynda Mullaly Hunt Michele Weber Hurwitz Mark Jeffrey Janet Johnson Rebecca C. Jones Jess Keating Lynne Kelly Derek Taylor Kent Rose Kent Morgan Keyes Kristen Kittscher Jo Knowles Jane Kurtz R.L. LaFevers Irene Latham Jessica Leader Lindsey Leavitt Claire Legrand Jarrett Lerner Gail Carson Levine Debbie Levy Joanne Levy Cynthea Liu Nikki Loftin C. Alexander London Dayna Lorentz Eric Luper JoAnn Early Macken Wendy McLeod MacKnight Diane Magras Andrew Maraniss Leslie Margolis Nan Marino Sarah Jane Marsh Laura Williams McCaffrey Stephen McCranie Robin Mellom Kate Messner Laurie Morrison Rita Murphy Mahtab Narsimhan Richard Newsome Wendy Orr Alexandra Ott Ammi-Joan Paquette Mitali Perkins Erica Perl Jen Petro-Roy Sally J. Pla J.L. Powers Sarah Prineas Katie Quirk Candice Ransom Elizabeth Raum Laura Resau Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Yolanda Ridge Anica Mrose Rissi Mara Rockliff Dee Romito Madelyn Rosenberg Susan Ross Dianne Salerni Augusta Scattergood Laura Schaefer Lisa Schroeder Heidi Schulz Rachel Searles Adam Selzer Liesl Shurtliff Shari Simpson Laurel Snyder Margo Sorenson Tricia Springtubb Anna Staniszewski Nanci Turner Steveson Amy Stewart Catherine Stine Sarah Sullivan Jane Sutcliffe Jennifer Swanson Elly Swartz Erin Teagan Holly Thompson Laurie Ann Thompson Melissa Thomson Jennifer Trafton Anne Ursu Greg van Eekhout Carmella Van Vleet Nancy Viau Rob Vlock J and P Voelkel Beth Vrabel Lee Wardlaw Cynthia Willis Dianna Winget Barry Wolverton Barbara Wright Robin Yardi Karen Romano Young Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
For Teen Readers
(Also check out the list of adult authors below; many also work with teens.)
Charlene Ann Baumbich
Gail Carson Levine
For Adult Readers
(Also check out the authors listed above; middle grade & teen novels can be great book club selections!)
For Authors & Illustrators: If you’re an author or illustrator of a traditionally published book who would like to be added, please email me (katemessner books at gmail dot com) with your name, website, and publisher, 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 15-20 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!