Introducing our Teachers Write 2018 Guest Authors!

Teachers Write is a free, online summer writing camp for teachers and librarians. This summer, our program runs from July 9th to August 3rd. You can learn all about the program and sign up to join us here. 

The best thing about Teachers Write is that you’ll have the opportunity to write with and learn from many of your students’ favorite authors!  Here’s our amazing line-up of guest authors for Summer 2018. Please take some time before July to visit their websites, read some of their books, and get ready for a great summer of writing!

Mini-Lesson Monday – July 9 – Kate Messner shares a mini-lesson on perspective and point of view using her new novel-in-documents Breakout as a mentor text.

Tuesday Quick-Write – July 10 –  Traci Sorrell, author of the upcoming picture book We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, shares a quick writing prompt to get your pencils moving (or keyboards tapping – whichever you prefer!)

Q&A Wednesday – July 11 – Guest authors Grace Lin and Emma Otheguy are your hosts for Q&A Wednesday. They’ll be answering questions about writing in the comments section throughout the day. Grace is the Newbery Honor author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and an upcoming picture book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Emma’s debut picture book biography, Martí’s Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad, came out last year.

Thursday Quick-Write – July 12 – Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation, joins us for a writing prompt that challenges campers to use anachronistic historical moments for character development – a fun way to understand a character on a deeper level and provoke a more meaningful character arc in a story.

Mini-Lesson Friday – July 13 – Michelle Cusolito, author of the nonfiction picture book Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN, shares a mini-lesson about writing & revising nonfiction.

Mini-Lesson Monday – July 16 – Anne Marie Pace, author of Vampirina Ballerina and Busy-Eyed Day, shares a mini-lesson on revising picture books.

Tuesday Quick-Write – July 17 – Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series, shares a quick-write prompt on using traditions (cultural and family) to spark story ideas and creating characters.

Q&A Wednesday – July 18 – Mike Jung and Jess Keating are your hosts for Q&A Wednesday today! Mike’s latest middle grade novel is Unidentified Suburban Object. Jess’s nonfiction titles Pink is for Blobfish and Shark Lady.

Thursday Quick-Write – July 19 – Heidi Schulz, author of Hook’s Revenge, shares a prompt that challenges writers to look at setting as a lens for character.

Mini-Lesson Friday – July 20 – Erin Dionne, author of Lights, Camera, Disaster, shares a mini-lesson that challenges writers to take a closer look at sentence structure. She’ll offer tips for getting rid of passive voice, distancing words, etc.

Mini-Lesson Monday – July 23 – Sarah Albee writes MG nonfiction like Poison and Dog Days of History. Her mini-lesson is about how history is made up of the stories we choose to tell about the past, and how each generation writes its own history from its own historical present. 

Tuesday Quick-Write – July 24 – Hena Khan will share a writing prompt inspired by the first title in her new chapter book series, Zayd Saleem: Chasing the Dream: Power Forward. Hena also writes picture books (Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns and Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets) and MG novels (Amina’s Voice).

Q&A Wednesday – July 25 – Phil Bildner and Tanya Lee Stone are guest authors today. Phil is the author of the Rip and Red series, including Most Valuable Players. Tanya is best known for her nonfiction; her new picture book is Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented.

Thursday Quick-Write – July 26 – Jen Petro Roy, author of P.S. I Miss You and Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of The Train of Lost Things, team up today for a conversation and quick write that focuses on writing about tough topics for kids.

Mini-Lesson Friday – July 27 – Linda Urban’s new books are an early MG novel called Road Trip with Max and his Mom and a picture book called Mabel and Sam. Today, she’ll share a mini-lesson about notebooks and how writers might use them to inspire creativity and play.

Mini-Lesson Monday – July 30 – Chris Tebbetts, co-author of the Middle School series (Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life), shares a mini-lesson called “Three Steps to Character Dimension: Internal Conflict, Contradiction, and Shadow Traits.”

Tuesday Quick-Write – July 31 – Today’s writing prompt is from Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of Two Naomis and the forthcoming sequel Naomis, Too, both with Audrey Vernick.

Q&A Wednesday – August 1 – Meg Medina and Ann Angel are your hosts for our final Q&A Wednesday. Meg write picture books (Tia Isa Wants a Car) and YA novels (Burn Baby Burn), and her first middle grade novel, Merci Suarez Changes Gears, comes out in September. Ann Angel writes both fiction and nonfiction, including the YA biography Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing.

Thursday Quick-Write – August 2 – Tracey Baptiste, author of The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies, shares a prompt that challenges writers to think about nonverbal communication.

Friday Farewell  – August 3 – Kate Messner & guests

And don’t forget that we’ll have Friday Feedback with Gae Polisner, Sunday check-ins with writer-educator Jen Vincent, and amazing writing prompts from Jo Knowles, who shares her Monday Morning Warm-Ups to kick off each week, too!

Every time I look at this lineup, I get more excited about the summer to come. And it’s almost time to get writing! Have you signed up for Teachers Write 2018 yet? Go ahead and do that now! 

Then take some time to check out the links above. Buy some books. Get to know your guest authors. Follow them on Twitter & find them on Facebook if you like to hang out in those places, too. We’ll be back Monday, July 9th to get started!

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More Voices, More Faces: A Challenge for Educators, Conference & Festival Organizers, and Authors & Illustrators

We’re celebrating Women’s History month with 31 days of posts focused on improving the climate for social and gender equality in the children’s and teens’ literature community. Join in the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kidlitwomen or Twitter #kidlitwomen

 

I have never met an educator or children’s book creator who didn’t claim to support diversity in children’s literature. Surely, all of our kids deserve to see themselves in the stories we share. And most of us are rightly troubled when we look at statistics like these:

And yet…  Somehow, year after year, we see conference keynote lists and book festival lineups and conference panels that are made up entirely or almost entirely of men and/or white people, which only serves to reinforce the inequities. We see conference panels that promote “FIVE FUNNY MEN!” and “ADVENTURE BOOKS FOR BOYS,” all by white male authors. When girls and people of color see these lineups over and over again, it sends a persistent and insidious message.

Your voice doesn’t matter here.

This business of telling stories and making art is not for you.

Librarian Edi Campbell notes that when indigenous people and people of color are invited to speak, they’re often relegated to diversity panels. “Associations think that having panels on topics of social justice, equity, or diversity makes them look more inclusive. Rather, having these panels with IPOC, LGBT+ individuals or people with disabilities without including them on topics that address literary, scholarly, or professional topics perpetuates the colonization of youth literature,” Campbell says. “Have we ever seen Ellen Oh, Jacqueline Woodson, or Meg Medina afforded the honor (!) of speaking solely on their craft?” Campbell also notes that not enough work is done to make panels accessible. “People with disabilities are often excluded even from panels centered on marginalized people and adding insult to injury, they often are not afforded a way to access the information presented.”

Conference organizers should also think about the issues involved with inviting only one person of color to participate in an otherwise all-white panel. Tracey Baptiste, author of The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies, says that can be exhausting. “I have often been the only POC on a panel,” she says. “It’s uncomfortable, especially when someone says something insensitive or low-key racist, like ‘It’s easy to add diversity to your books, just change some of the kids’ names!’ Which is a real thing that was said when I was on a panel of me, and three white men. I’m put in the position of having to teach or correct publicly, or smile and deal with the insult of comments like that, and it’s mentally and emotionally exhausting.”

Most often, an unbalanced panel like this doesn’t happen because organizers are carefully planning to leave out women and people of color. It happens because they’re not planning carefully enough. Creating a great panel or festival lineup or book display takes thought. It requires one to read widely and make a point to learn about new authors and illustrators from all different backgrounds. Often, it requires asking for help.

Author-Educator Colby Sharp often asks for input in creating a more diverse lineup of speakers for NerdCamp MI. “I ask publishers to consider sending a diverse groups of creators to camp,” he says. “They are almost always willing to do this.”

I’ve found this to be the case in recent years, too, and have had great luck when I’ve approached publishers to request an author or illustrator for a panel. But sometimes, this can be tricky territory for educators to navigate. As a conference or panel organizer, you’re often asking publishers to sponsor an author or illustrator’s travel to your event. What happens when you’re trying to create a diverse group and you request a particular author, but the publisher offers up another white male author instead? It’s okay to say no thanks. In this situation, I usually say something like, “I so appreciate this offer. Author A was at the top of our wish-list for this event, but we’re planning to reach out to a few other people if you’re not able to send her. Thanks for considering – and I’ll circle back to you if it turns out that we have another opening for Author B.”

Sarah Mulhern Gross, a teacher & writer who also works on conference lineups says, “When dealing with publishers we are very clear about our focus on the authors/illustrators being representative of our student population. Sometimes we have to say it twice (and often in writing), but so far, so good.”

She brings up a great point. If we’re presenting content related to children’s books, shouldn’t we aim for a lineup of featured authors and illustrators that represents our kids?  Census data shows us that America is growing more diverse, and by 2020, half of the nation’s children will be non-white.  Just over half of our population is female, too. What does that mean for our conference lineups and panels?  If you’re committed to fairness and real representation, it means that you should aim for any group you put together to be at least half women and at least half people of color. And it’s important to think about other kinds of inclusion, too, relating to gender, orientation, religious & cultural backgrounds, and disability.

So here’s the challenge. Can we agree that we’d like to live in a world where all kids get to see themselves in books and see creators who look like them? If so, here’s what we can all do to move a step in that direction.

A CHALLENGE FOR EDUCATORS, CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS, AND PANEL MODERATORS

I reached out to author-educator Donalyn Miller, whose conference panels are among my favorites because they always feature diverse voices and views. She offered four tips for conference, book festival, and panel organizers:

  1. Refuse to moderate groups that are all male or all white.
  2. Read widely, so that you know lots of diverse authors, not just the same four.
  3. Read the books your authors are promoting and look for connections between books beyond representation.
  4. As moderator, ensure equity of voices among panelists, and don’t allow individuals to dominate the discussion (including you)

A CHALLENGE FOR AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS

  1. Don’t participate in all-male or all-white events or panels. Encourage organizers to consider other kinds of diversity as well.
  2. Let your publicists know that this is something you’ve committed to do. (They’ll be great about it – I promise. Publishers are interested in social justice, too.)
  3. When you’re invited to an event, before you commit, ask who else is invited. Explain to the organizer that you’ve made a commitment to only participate in events and panels that feature a diverse group.
  4. Offer to help. The pledge to only participate in events that also feature people of color is one that I made quietly several years ago. A number of times since then, I’ve been invited to be on panels that were originally planned as all-white. I explained to the organizers that I only participate in panels that also feature people from traditionally underrepresented groups, and I offered some suggestions. In one of those cases, I stepped back from a panel to make room for someone else, and in the others, the organizers were happy to add more voices. Most often, people want to do a better job with this. They just don’t always know where to start.

There are many dynamics at work, creating and sustaining the inequities we see in the world of children’s books. But there are also some things we can easily address. If no one moderates or participates in all-male/all-white panels, we’ll stop seeing them, and we’ll begin to see more festival and conference lineups that better reflect the amazing kids for whom we make books.

Give it some thought, okay? Later this month, Mike Jung will be coordinating a pledge for men of children’s literature who are committed to no longer participating in all-male panels or conference/festival lineups. And Laurel Snyder will be coordinating a pledge for those who promise not to participate in events & panels unless they include people of color. It’s important to note that this isn’t the only kind of diversity we need in children’s literature, and we have a long way to go to make sure that all of our kids are represented. But maybe this can be a start. I think it’s a conversation worth continuing.

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Researching Ranger in Time: D-Day: Battle on the Beach

The trick to writing a series of historical adventures with a time-traveling search and rescue dog is choosing topics that kids are excited to read about. Often, that means dealing with time periods that have been written about many times before but digging to find a story that hasn’t been told over and over.

The latest book in the Ranger in Time series, D-DAY: BATTLE ON THE BEACH, is set during World War II, at the Battle of Normandy. When I started reading and researching to find my way into this book, I discovered a story that I’d never heard before, even though I’d seen plenty of movies like Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day.

It was the story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only African American combat unit to come ashore on D-Day. These men were among the first ashore on Omaha Beach. Their mission was to raise car-sized balloons over the beach to keep German bombers from flying low enough to hit their targets. Those balloons helped to protect Allied troops as they came ashore after their overnight crossing of the English Channel, buying them time to make their way up the beach. One of my main characters in this new Ranger in Time book, Walt Burrell, is based on the men of the 320th. In order to tell his story, I needed to read the stories of the real men who served in that unit.

I read this article in the New York Times, which tells the story of how William Dabney, a member of the 320th who fought on Omaha Beach was finally able to return there to be honored in a ceremony. It was a far cry from the way Dabney and his fellow soldiers were ignored and discriminated against when they finished serving their country and came home to Jim Crow America.

I devoured Linda Hervieux’s book FORGOTTEN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF D-DAY’S BLACK HEROES AT HOME AND AT WAR. This work of nonfiction is written for adults, but selected excerpts would be great to share with students who are reading Ranger’s latest adventure in class.

When I talk with students about research, I always share with them how my work begins at the library, with paper books. Next, I read all that I can find about my topic online, and then comes my favorite part of the research process — field trips. I spent a week in France when I was working on RANGER IN TIME: D-DAY: BATTLE ON THE BEACH. I spent time at the incredible Shoah Memorial in Paris, which shares in painful detail the story of how Nazis and the French police who helped them rounded up Jewish people and sent them away to concentration camps. One of my characters is a boy named Leo, whose grandmother sent him away to live with a farmer in Normandy, hoping it would be safer than Paris. His story is based on the stories of so many children I read about at this memorial.

I spent a day at the incredible Caen Memorial Museum, which tells the story of World War II, starting with the early days when the Nazis turned neighbor against neighbor by targeting Jewish people for discrimination. The museum has artifacts, narratives, and documents about nearly every aspect of the war in France.

I also toured Omaha Beach, where Leo and Walt meet one another. This was where the Allied forces came ashore on June 6, 1944 to begin the battle that ultimately freed France from the Nazis. Standing beside the bunkers where German gunners waited for the Allied forces is an experience I’ll never forget.

I’m truly grateful to Claire LeSourde, who served as our expert guide as we walked through the landscapes where the battle took place. Here’s where the men of the 320th were most likely to have come ashore, she’d explain. Here’s where their balloons would have flown. See this hill behind the German pillbox? That’s what they would have climbed on their way to liberate the village of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Claire had offered to connect me with a man whose family lived in that village — the setting for the opening scene of D-Day: Battle on the Beach — at the time of the invasion.  Unfortunately, he was in the  hospital on the day we visited. But Claire asked around at the local farm stand and found a woman who said her mother-in-law might be open to talking about her experience. We waited, sipping cider samples while it was arranged, and then we were invited into a nearby farmhouse to meet Jeannette Legallois.

She’s quite shy, Jeannette’s daughter-in-law told us. She may not have much to say. But Jeannette invited my family to sit down at her kitchen table and proceeded to talk with us for well over an hour, with Claire translating.

Jeannette was fifteen years old when the Allies arrived to liberate her village. She remembered how excited everyone was, how the children chased the jeeps and the women brought cider out for the soldiers. But she remembered sadness, too. So many of her neighbors had been killed and hurt in the Allied bombing raids that came before D-Day. They couldn’t believe that it was finally over.

Jeannette told us stories of living in occupied France, too. She remembered how the Nazi soldiers arrived at her farm, demanding five liters of milk each day. Her brothers would stick their fingers in the milk “to put germs in it” before they delivered it. Food was rationed then, and Jeannette would sneak meat in her school bag to give to classmates whose families didn’t have as much. She remembers how her father listened to the BBC on his secret crystal radio in the basement. That was forbidden, so she’d wait outside, pretending to play in the garden but really keeping watch for German soldiers so she could warn him to hide it if they came near. Parts of Leo’s story in D-Day: Battle on the Beach are based on Jeannette’s real-life experiences in 1944.

My trip to Normandy wouldn’t have been complete without paying tribute to some of the real heroes of the 320th who gave their lives on Omaha Beach. We found the graves of Henry J. Harris, Brooks Stith, and James McLean at the American cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I returned home from this trip, I was overwhelmed with stories in the best possible way. I brainstormed and transcribed notes and looked over photographs and brainstormed some more. Many months later, I’m so exited to share this story with you. I hope you’ll share it with the young readers in your life who love dogs, history, and adventure.

Ranger in Time: D-Day: Battle on the Beach is out today! It’s available wherever you like to buy books. If you have a wonderful local independent bookstore, I bet you love them just as much as I love mine, and I hope you’ll buy it there.

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Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2018!

Hi there – and welcome to the World Read Aloud Day author Skype volunteer list for 2017!

If you’re new to this blog, I’m Kate Messner, and I write books like these:

 The Seventh Wish

I also read lots of books, and reading aloud is one of my favorite things in the world. When I was a kid, I was the one forever waving my hand to volunteer to read to the class, and still, I’ll pretty much read to anyone who will listen.

For the past few years, I’ve helped out with LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day by pulling together a list of author volunteers who would like to spend part of the day Skyping with classrooms around the world to share the joy of reading aloud.

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY 2017 IS FEBRUARY 1, 2018

The authors listed below have  volunteered their time to read aloud to classrooms and libraries all over the world. These aren’t long, fancy presentations; a typical one might go like this:

  • 1-2 minutes: Author introduces himself or herself and talks a little about his or her books.
  • 3-5 minutes: Author reads aloud a short picture book, or a short excerpt from a chapter book/novel
  • 5-10  minutes: Author answers some questions from students about reading/writing
  • 1-2 minutes: Author book-talks a couple books he or she loves (but didn’t write!) as recommendations for the kids

If you’re a teacher or librarian and you’d like to have an author Skype with your classroom or library on World Read Aloud Day, here’s how to do it:

  • Check out the list of volunteering authors below and visit their websites to see which ones might be a good fit for your students.
  • Contact the author directly by using the email provided or clicking on the link to his or her website and finding the contact form. Please be sure to provide the following information in your request:
    • Your name and what grade(s) you work with
    • Your city and time zone (this is important for scheduling!)
    • Possible times to Skype on February 1st. Please note authors’ availability and time zones. Adjust accordingly if yours is different!
    • Your Skype username
    • A phone number where you can be reached on that day in case of technical issues
  • Please understand that authors are people, too, and have schedules and personal lives, just like you, so not all authors will be available at all times. It may take a few tries before you find someone whose books and schedule fit with yours. If I learn that someone’s schedule for the day is full, I’ll put a line through their name – that means the author’s schedule is full, and no more visits are available.  (Authors, please send an email to me know when you’re all booked up!)

World Read Aloud Day – Skyping Author Volunteers for February 1,2018

Authors are listed here (kind of randomly, actually…in the order they emailed me) along with publishers, available times, and the age groups for which they write.  (PB=picture books, MG=middle grades, YA=young adult, etc.)

Kate Messner
Bloomsbury/Candlewick/Chronicle/Scholastic
Elementary & Middle School
9am-11am EST
www.katemessner.com
http://www.katemessner.com/contact-me/

 

Tricia Springstubb

Candlewick Press; HarperCollins Balzer & Bray

Younger and older elementary grades

9am -4pm EST

www.triciaspringstubb.com

tricia.springstubb@gmail.com

 

Julie Segal Walters
Simon and Schuster
Elementary
9:30-11:30 & 1:00-2:30 ET
http://www.juliesegalwalters.com
julie.segal.walters@gmail.com

 

Anne Marie Pace

Disney-Hyperion, Beach Lane Books, Scholastic, Henry Holt

Elementary (especially primary)

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST

http://www.annemariepace.com

annemarie@annemariepace.com

 

Jody Jensen Shaffer

Laura Godwin/Henry Holt Children’s Books

Elementary

10-3pm CST

jodyjensenshaffer.com

jodyjensenshaffer@gmail.com

 

Jarrett Lerner
Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Elementary
7 am-10pm EST
http://www.jarrettlerner.com
Jarrett.Lerner@gmail.com

 

Monica Carnesi

Penguin Random House

Early Elementary

9 am – 4 pm EST

www.monicacarnesi.com

monicacarnesi@mac.com

 

Jodi Kendall

HarperCollins Children’s Books

Upper Elementary

8am-12noon EST

www.jodikendall.com/contact

 

Stacy McAnulty

Random House Books for Younger Readers and Henry Holt/Macmillan

Elementary School

9AM – 3PM EST

www.stacymcanulty.com

author.stacymcanulty@gmail.com

 

Nanci Turner Steveson
HarperCollins
Upper Elementary & Middle School
7:30am to 1:00pm Mountain Time
www.nanciturnersteveson.com
Auntiebook@gmail.com

 

Emma Otheguy

Lee & Low Books

Elementary

8am-4pm EST

www.emmaotheguy.com

emma.otheguy@gmail.com

 

Erin Teagan

American Girl/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Elementary & Middle School

8-5pm EST

www.erinteagan.com

teaganek@hotmail.com

 

Mary Sullivan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Elementary
10 am- 3pm CST
http://marysullivan.com/
mary@marysullivan.com

 

Madelyn Rosenberg
Scholastic/Albert Whitman/Holiday House
Elementary/Middle School
8:30 am- 2pm EST
http://madelynrosenberg.com
madelynruth@yahoo.com

 

Susan B. Katz

Scholastic/Random House/Barefoot

Lower Elementary

10-2 PST

www.susankatzbooks.com

Susan@connectingauthors.org

 

Lori Richmond
Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and more
Elementary
9:30 am – 2:00 pm EST
http://www.loridraws.com/
lori@loridraws.com

 

Deborah Freedman

Viking, Atheneum

Elementary

9 am — 4 pm EST

Please use this form: http://www.deborahfreedman.net/wrad

 

Abby Cooper

Sticks & Stones, Bubbles – FSG/Macmillan

Upper Elementary/Middle School

9 – 3 CST

www.AbbyCooperAuthor.com

AbbyRCooper@gmail.com

 

Caroline Starr Rose

Penguin Random House; Albert Whitman

elementary and middle school

10-2 MST

www.carolinestarrrose.com

carolinestarr@yahoo.com

 

Rebecca Rupp

Candlewick Press

Elementary/Middle

8 AM – 2 PM EST

rebeccarupp@gmail.com

 

Marianne Malone

Random House (and Yearling)

Middle Grade

9am-3pm Pacific Standard Time

www.mariannemalone.com

mariannemalonebooks@gmail.com

 

Mike Mullin

Tanglewood Press

High School

12-6 pm EST

mikemullinauthor.com

mike@mikemullinauthor.com

 

Camille Andros
Clarion/HMHKids
Elementary
8 am- 2pm EST
https://www.camilleandros.com

camdros@gmail.com

 

Dianne White

Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

Younger Elementary

7 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST

http://www.diannewrites.com

dianne@diannewrites.com

 

Beth McMullen

Simon & Schuster

Middle Grade

9:00-3:00 PST

Beth@BethMcMullenBooks.com

www.bethmcmullenbooks.com

 

Caela Carter

Harper

Middle School or Upper Elementary

All day Eastern Standard Time

www.caelacarter.com

caela.carter@gmail.com

 

Dana Alison Levy

Delacorte Press/Random House

Upper Elementary/Middle School

8:30 am -3:00 pm EST

www.danaalisonlevy.com

dana@danaalisonlevy.com

 

Jennifer Swanson
National Geographic Kids 
2nd- 8th grade 
9:30 am- 1pm EST
http://jenniferswansonbooks.com/
Jennifer@JenniferSwansonBooks.com 

 

Carole Estby Dagg

Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Young Readers

Elementary

8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Home – Carole Estby Dagg

carole_dagg@yahoo.com

 

Donna Earnhardt

Flashlight Press

Elementary

8am – 3pm EST

https://wordwranglernc.wordpress.com/

Donnawearnhardt@gmail.com

 

Larissa Theule

Lerner, Abrams, and Bloomsbury

Elementary

9 am – 2 pm PST

ltheule@gmail.com

 

Kara LaReau

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Candlewick Press, and Abrams Kids

Elementary

9am to 2:30 pm EST

https://karalareau.com

https://karalareau.com/contact-info/

 

Carmella Van Vleet

Holiday House / Charlesbridge / Nomad Press

Elementary

9:00 am -2:30 pm EST

www.carmellavanvleet.com

carmellavanvleet@yahoo.com

 

Keely Hutton
Farrar, Straus, Giroux – Macmillan
Middle-High School
8 am- 2pm EST
www.keelyhutton.com

khutton1@rochester.rr.com

 

Jessica Petersen

The Innovation Press

Elementary

10 am – 2 pm PST

https://jessica-petersen.com/

jessica@jessica-petersen.com

 

Karen Romano Young
National Geographic Kids/Chronicle

8 am- 3pm EST

http://www.karenromanoyoung.com

wrenyoung@gmail.com

 

Sarah Sullivan

Candlewick Press

Elementary

8 am – 5 pm EST

www.sarahsullivanbooks.com

sarah@sarahsullivanbooks.com

 

Kerri Kokias

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Elementary

9am-2pm PST

https://www.kerrikokias.com

mail@kerrikokias.com

 

Loree Griffin Burns

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Holt, Lerner

Elementary, Middle

9am to 3:40pm EST

http://loreeburns.com/www.loreeburns.com

loreegriffinburns@yahoo.com

 

Gaia Cornwall

Candlewick Press
PreK-Elementary
9:30pm- 2:30pm EST
GaiaCornwall.com

g.cornwall@gmail.com

 

Jenna Grodzicki
Clear Fork Publishing
Elementary
9am- 3pm EST

www.jennagrodzicki.com

jennagrodz@live.com

 

Katey Howes

Ripple Grove Press, Sterling Children’s Books

Elementary

9am-2:30pm EST

www.kateyhowes.com

howes_kathryn@yahoo.com

 

Nancy Castaldo

Houghton Mifflin/Random House

Elementary/Middle School

9 am- 2 pm EST

nancycastaldo.com

nancycastaldo@nancycastaldo.com

 

Megan Wagner Lloyd

Knopf Books for Young Readers
Elementary
10 am- 2pm EST
http://meganwagnerlloyd.com
meg@meganwagnerlloyd.com

 

Jennifer Brown

Little, Brow/Katherine Tegen/Bloomsbury

Middle School or High School

9AM – 2PM CST

www.JenniferBrownAuthor.com

JenniferBrownYA@gmail.com

 

Christina Soontornvat

Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky Kids

Elementary

9am-2pm CT

www.soontornvat.com

csoontornvat@gmail.com

 

Maria Gianferrari

HMH; Roaring Brook Press; Aladdin; Boyds Mills Press; Putnam; Little Bee

Elementary

10:15-10:45 AM EST; 1:15-4:30 PM

http://mariagianferrari.com/

http://mariagianferrari.com/contact

 

Denis Markell

Delacorte Press
Middle
8 am- 3:30pm EST
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/534331.Denis_Markell
dmarkell@aol.com

 

Lisa Rose

Kar-Ben Publishing

Elementary

12-3:30 pm EST

www.LisaRoseWrites.com

LisaRoseWrites@gmail.com

 

Robin Yardi

Arbordale Publishing & Carolrhoda

Elementary

6 AM – 2 PM Pacific Standard Time

https://robinyardi.com/2017/10/17/world-read-aloud-day-2018/

robin@blueeggbooks.com

 

Jennifer Thermes
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Elementary
10am- 2pm EST
http://jenniferthermes.com
jennifer@jenniferthermes.com

 

Elana K. Arnold

Harper Collins/Walden Pond Press

Elementary

8am-2pm PST

www.elanakarnold@gmail.com

elanakarnold@gmail.com

 

Debbi Michiko Florence

Farrar Straus Giroux

Elementary (gr 1- 3)

10 am – 1 pm EST

http://debbimichikoflorence.com/

jasminetoguchibooks@gmail.com

 

Kelly Jensen

Algonquin Young Readers

Middle/High School

9 am – noon central time

kellybjensen.com

kellybjensen@gmail.com

 

Kerry O’Malley Cerra
Sky Pony Press
Upper elementary & middle school
8:30 am- 3 pm EST
http://kerryomalleycerra.com
kerryocerra@gmail.com

 

Laurie Wallmark

Sterling Children’s Books and Creston Books

Elementary

8am- – 8pm EST

www.lauriewallmark.com

laurie@lauriewallmark.com

 

Anica Mrose Rissi

Simon & Schuster BFYR / Disney-Hyperion

Younger Elementary: Grades K-4

10am to 6pm EST

anicarissi.com

anicamroserissi@gmail.com

 

Bree Barton

Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins*

High School

8 am- 5pm PST

www.breebarton.com

breebarton@gmail.com

 

A.M. Rose

Entangled Teen

Middle or High School

9am – 3:30pm CST

www.amroseauthor.com

annmrose@yahoo.com

 

Allison Singer

DK Publishing

Elementary

9am-5pm EST

https://www.amazon.com/Allison-Singer/e/B01FV1V4EI/

allison.singer@dk.com

 

Peter McCleery
HarperCollins Children Books
Elementary
12pm- 4pm EST
http://www.petermccleery.com/
peter.mccleery@gmail.com

 

Jody Feldman

HarperCollins/Greenwillow

Grades 3-7

8:00am – 4:00pm CST

http://jodyfeldman.com

jody@jodyfeldman.com

 

Miriam Busch

Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins

Elementary

10 am- 2pm CST

http://miriambuschauthor.com

http://miriambuschauthor.com/connect/

 

Rita Antoinette Borg

Horizon publishers/ Bloomsbury UK

Elementary

Rome time

http://ritaborg.us

rita@ritaborg.us

 

Jennifer Hansen Rolli
Penguin Random House 
Elementary
8 am- 2pm EST
https://www.jenniferhansenrolli.com/

jenhansen@earthlink.net

 

Margaret Dilloway

Disney-Hyperion

Elementary/Middle School

7:30 am- 2 pm PST

www.margaretdilloway.com

margaretdilloway@gmail.com

 

Kayla Cagan
Chronicle Books
High School
10am PST – 6pm PST
http://kaylacagan.com
hello@kaylacagan.com

 

Sarah Aronson

Scholastic Press
Elementary

8 am- 5pm Central
http://saraharonson.com
sarah.n.aronson@gmail.com

 

Jaime Questell
Entangled Teen
High School
8 am- 3pm CST

jaimequestell.com

Jquestellauthor@gmail.com

 

Sarah Brannen

Albert A. Whitman, Charlesbridge, Scholastic, etc.

Elementary

10 am – 3 pm EST

http://sarahbrannen.com

ssbrannen@verizon.net

 

Diane Magras

Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin Young Readers

Middle

11:00 am – 2:30 pm EST

https://www.dianemagras.com/

diane@dianemagras.com

 

Carter Higgins
Chronicle Books
Elementary
8:30 am- 10:30 am PST
www.designofthepicturebook.com
carterhiggins@gmail.com

 

Janet Sumner Johnson

Capstone Young Readers

Elementary

9 am- 2pm MST

http://janetsumnerjohnson.com

rjljohnson.janet@gmail.com

 

Beth Ain

Random House and Scholastic

Elementary

9 am- 2 pm EST

https://www.bethain.com/

Bethain@gmail.com

 

Sarah Albee

Random House/National Geographic Kids

Elementary/Middle School

9 am- 2pm EST

www.sarahalbeebooks.com

sarahalbee@taftschool.org

 

Steve Swinburne

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Elementary

8 am – 2 pm EST

http://steveswinburne.com

stephen.swinburne@gmail.com

 

Julia Lynn Rubin

Diversion Books

High School

11 AM – 2PM EST

http://julialynnrubin.com

writejulia@gmail.com

 

Mike Grosso

Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Upper Elementary, Middle School

8:00am-3:00pm CST

http://mikegrossoauthor.com
me@mikegrossoauthor.com

 

Rebecca Behrens
Simon & Schuster
Elementary, Middle
10 am – 3 pm EST
http://www.rebeccabehrens.com
http://rebeccabehrens.com/contact/

 

M. Romero

Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House

4th and 5th grade, Middle School

8 AM – 2 PM EST

http://rmomero.com

contact@rmromero.com

 

Brenda Rufener

HarperTeen of HarperCollins Publishers

High School

8 AM – 2 PM EST

https://www.brendarufener.com/

brenda.rufener@gmail.com

 

Laura Murray

GP Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Elementary

9 am-2pm EST

www.LauraMurrayBooks.com

LauraMurrayBooks@gmail.com

 

Ronni Arno
Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Late Elementary/Early Middle
9am- 2pm EST
www.ronniarno.com
ronniarno@gmail.com

 

Brian Lies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Elementary

9 AM – 2 PM EST

www.brianlies.com

blies@earthlink.net

 

Rebecca Caprara

Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group

Elementary & Middle School

9am-1pm EST

www.rebeccacaprara.com

rebecca.caprara@gmail.com

 

Michelle Cusolito

Charlesbridge

Elementary

9 am to 4pm EASTERN Time (With breaks for lunch etc).

http://www.michellecusolito.com/

Michelle@michellecusolito.com

 

Deborah Heiligman
Macmillan Childrens Books/ Two Lions/ National Geographic
Elementary, Middle School, High school
9 am to 3:00 p.m. EST
http://deborahheiligman.com/contact/

Deborah@DeborahHeiligman.com

 

Nancy Bo Flood

Charlesbridge and Highlights/BoydsMill Press- Wordsong

elementary  & middle school

www.nancyboflood.com

wflood@hotmail.com

 

Mara Rockliff

Candlewick Press

Elementary

9 am – 4 pm EST

mararockliff.com

mararockliff.com/img/email.bmp

 

Augusta Scattergood

Scholastic Press

Elementary and Middle School (Gr. 3-7)

9 AM-4 PM
http://www.augustascattergood.com/
gsgood2@gmail.com

 

Elly Swartz

Farrar Straus and Giroux – Finding Perfect

Scholastic – Smart Cookie

Upper elementary and middle school

10:30am-3pm EST

http://ellyswartz.com/

ellyswartz@outlook.com

 

Linsey Davis

Zondervan

Elementary

9am-3pm EST

www.linseytdavis.com

Linsey.davis@abc.com

 

Melissa Stoller

Clear Fork Publishing

Elementary

9 am-2 pm EST

www.MelissaStoller.com

MLStoller@aol.com

 

Carol Gordon Ekster

Clavis Books

Elementary (K-2)

Available 1:00 p.m.-3:00 EST

www.carolgordonekster.com

cekster@aol.com

 

Brooks Benjamin

Random House

Upper elementary or middle school

8 am – 5 pm (EST)

www.BrooksBenjamin.com

cbrooks.benjamin@gmail.com

 

Jenn Bishop

Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Gr. 3-7 (Elementary & Middle)

Available 10-4 pm EDT

jennbishop.com

jenn@jennbishop.com

 

 

Trisha Speed Shaskan

Lerner/HarperCollins

Elementary School

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST

http://www.trishaspeedshaskan.com

trishaspeedshaskan@gmail.com

 

Deborah Schaumberg

HarperTeen

High School

8 am – 2 pm EST

www.deborahschaumberg.com
email@deborahschaumberg.com

 

Hannah Dias

Eifrig Publishing

Elementary

8am- 2pm CST

www.hannahcarmonadias.com

authorhcd@gmail.com

 

Lisa Gammon Olson
Eifrig Publishing
Elementary
9 am- 2pm CST
http://lwww.lisagammonolson.com
lisagammonolson@gmail.com

 

Lauren Magaziner

Penguin Books for Young Readers

Elementary

9 am – 6 pm EST

http://laurenmagaziner.com/

lauren@laurenmagaziner.com

 

Elaine Vickers
HarperChildrens
Elementary
9:30-10:30 am, 2-3 pm EST
http://elainevickers.com
elainebvickers@hotmail.com

 

Annie Silvestro

Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Sterling Children’s Books

Elementary

9am – 2pm EST

www.anniesilvestro.com

anniesilvestro@gmail.com

 

Robin Newman 

Creston Books

Elementary 

10 am – 1 pm EST

www.robinnewmanbooks.com 

rnewman504@nyc.rr.com

 

Hayley Barrett
Candlewick/Holiday House/S&S
Elementary

8 am-12pm EST
hayleybarrettwrites@gmail.com

 

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

HMH, Scholastic Press

Elementary (K-2)

9 am-11:30 am, EST

andriawarmflashrosenbaum.com

http://www.andriawarmflashrosenbaum.com/contact.htm

 

Lynn Plourde

Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin

Upper Elementary-Gr. 4-6

8 am – 3 pm EST

http://www.lynnplourde.com

lynn@lynnplourde.com

 

Marcie Colleen

HarperCollins/Macmillan

Elementary

10 – 4pm PCT

www.thisismarciecolleen.com

marciecolleen@gmail.com

 

Shannon Hitchcock

Scholastic

Grade Level 3-7

Hours: 11:00–3:00 EST

http://www.shannonhitchcock.com

http://www.shannonhitchcock.com/contact.html

 

Kathleen Burkinshaw

Sky Pony Press

Middle and High school

10am – 3:00pm EST

www.kathleenburkinshaw.com

klburkinshaw@gmail.com

 

Constance Lombardo

HarperCollins

Upper Elementary

10am – 3pm  EST

http://constancelombardo.com

conlombardo@hotmail.com

 

Jennifer Wolf Kam

Charlesbridge Publishing

Middle School/High School

8 AM- 3:00 PM, EST

http://www.jenniferwolfkam.com

jrwkam@aol.com

 

Erin Soderberg Downing
Random House, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, Bloomsbury
Elementary/Middle School
10 am- 3pm CST
http://www.erinsoderberg.com
http://www.erindowning.com

erin@erinsoderberg.com

 

Patricia McMahon

Simon and Schuster/Boyds Mills Press/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Elementary

9-4 CST

patriciamcmahonbooks.com

patricia@patriciamcmahonbooks.com

 

Casey Lyall
Sterling Children’s Books
Elementary/Middle School
9 am- 4pm EST
https://www.caseylyall.com/

casey@caseylyall.com

 

Nisha Sharma

Crown Books for Young Readers

High School

8am-11am EST

www.nisha-sharma.com

contact@nisha-sharma.com

 

Leah Henderson
Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
Elementary and Middle School
9:30 am – 2 pm EST
leahhendersonbooks.com
reachme@leahhendersonbooks.com

 

Monica Tesler

Simon & Schuster

Elementary, Middle

9 am – 3 pm EST

monicatesler.com

monicatesler@gmail.com

 

Rebecca Petruck

ABRAMS/Amulet

Middle

8 am – 10p ET

http://www.rebeccapetruck.com

rebecca_petruck@yahoo.com

 

Donna Gephart
Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House
Upper Elementary & Middle School
8:30 am- 3:30pm EST
http://donnagephart.com
donnagephart@bellsouth.net

 

Miranda Paul

Knopf Children’s (Penguin Random House), Lerner, Macmillan Children’s
Elementary

9 am-1pm Central (+Willing to schedule early morn/late night for schools overseas)

www.mirandapaul.com
Mirandapaulbooks@gmail.com

 

Lita Judge
Dial/Roaring Brook/Atheneum
Elementary
12 – 3pm EST
http://litajudge.net

info@litajudge.com

 

Meg Fleming

Simon & Schuster and little bee books

Elementary 

9:00am- 2:00 PST

www.megfleming.net

meg@megfleming.net

 

Linda Vigen Phillips

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Middle and up

8 am – 2 pm EST

http://www.lindavigenphillips.com

linda.phillips4866@gmail.com

 

Chana Stiefel

Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)

Early Childhood & Elementary

8:30-10:30 AM EST

http://chanastiefel.com/

stiefelchana@gmail.com

 

Gina Perry
little bee books
Younger Elementary
9am-2pm EST
http://www.ginaperry.com
ginacarey@comcast.net

 

Lezlie Evans
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Albert Whitman, Disney-Hyperion
Younger Elementary K-3
9:00-5:00 pm EST
LezlieEvans.com
Lezlieevans@gmail.com

Sue Fliess

little bee books, Albert Whitman, Henry Holt

Elementary

9 am – 3 pm EST

www.suefliess.com

sue.fliess@gmail.com or http://www.suefliess.com/contact

 

Judy Dodge Cummings

Nomad Press

Grades 5-7

11-3 Central Time

http://judydodgecummings.com/

judydodgecummings@gmail.com

 

Hillary Homzie
MIX/Aladdin/Simon & Schuster; Swirl/Sky Pony Press
Elementary
8 am- 11:30 am PST
www.hillaryhomzie.com
hillary@hillaryhomzie.com

 

Susan Tan

Roaring Brook Press

Elementary

8am-4pm EST

www.susantanbooks.com

susanshaumingtan@gmail.com

 

Andrea Wang

Albert Whitman & Co.

Elementary, Grades K-3

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Mountain Time

http://andreaywang.com

andrea@andreaywang.com or contact page at http://andreaywang.com/contact/

 

Bridget Hodder

Macmillan/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Grades 4 – 8

1:00 – 5:00 EST

www.BridgetHodder.com

http://www.bridgethodder.com/contact-bridget-hodder/

 

Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books/Random House
Elementary & Middle (3-8)
9-5 pm EST
www.laurashovan.com
laurashovan@gmail.com

 

E. Conran

Gosling Press, Goosebottom Books

Elementary (4-6)

8am-3pm PST

http://aeconran.com

aeconran@gmail.com

 

Shari Green

Pajama Press

upper elementary

9am – 12noon PST

http://www.sharigreen.com

sharigreenbooks@gmail.com

 

Jill Diamond
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Elementary
9:30 am – 2:30 pm PST
https://www.jilldiamondbooks.com/
jilldiamond78@gmail.com

 

Karina Yan Glaser

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Elementary and Middle

10am – 2pm EST

www.karinaglaser.com

http://www.karinaglaser.com/contact/

 

Dana Middleton

Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan

Elementary

9am-3pm PST

http://www.danamiddletonbooks.com/

dana@danamiddletonbooks.com

 

S.A. Larsen

Leap Books, LLC & Ellysian Press

Upper Elementary, Middle Grade, & High School)

9am – 2pm EST

https://www.salarsenbooks.com/

sheri@salarsenbooks.com

 

Sarah Cannon
Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan
Middle
9 am- 3pm EST
http://sarahcannonbooks.com
hellosarahcannon@gmail.com

 

Wendy BooydeGraaff

Ripple Grove Press

Elementary

10 am – 3pm EST

wendybooydegraaff.com

http://www.wendybooydegraaff.com/contact-form/

 

Shelly Becker

Sterling Publishing

Elementary

10am-3pm EST

http://shellybeckerbooks.com

Shellybecker@gmail.com

 

Darcey Rosenblatt

Henry Holt/MacMillian

Middle Grade

7am – 2pm PST

https://www.darceyr.com

darceyr@comcast.net

 

Cynthia Reeg

Jolly Fish Press/ North Star Editions

Elementary

10-2 EST

https://www.cynthiareeg.com

cynthiareeg@ymail.com

 

Matthew Swanson

Macmillan Children’s

Elementary

9:00am – 3:00pm EST

www.robbiandmatthew.com

matthew@robbiandmatthew.com

 

Jodi McKay

Albert Whitman & Co

Elementary

9:00-2:00 est

www.jodimckaybooks.com

Jodi@jodimckaybooks.com

 

Tricia Clasen

Sky Pony Press

Elementary (4-6th grade)

10-4 Central

http://www.triciaclasen.com

triciaclasen@gmail.com

 

Lee Gjertsen Malone

Aladdin/Simon & Schuster

4th through 8th grades

9am – 4pm EST

leegjertsenmalone.com

leegjertsenmalone@gmail.com

 

Rebecca Donnelly
Capstone Young Readers
Middle Grade
9-10 am, noon-3pm EST

Anna Raff

Candlewick Press
Elementary
9 am – 2 pm EST

Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Litte Somit, Simon & Schuster
Elementary
9am-2pm eastern
Dianne Salerni
HMH/HarperCollins
Upper Elementary and Middle School
11 am – 5 pm EST
 
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
HarperCollins, Scholastic, Seagrass Press
Elementary, Middle
9am – 2pm EST

http://olugbemisolabooks.com

Debbie Reed Fischer
Delacorte Press/ Penguin Random House
upper elementary/ middle school
8:30 am – 2:00 pm EST

Lilliam Rivera

Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Middle School/High School
9am-3pm PST
Stel Pavlou
HarperCollins
Upper Elementary & Middle
10am- 3pm EST
Http://danielcoldstar.com
Mail@danielcoldstar.com
Tara Lazar
S&S/Aladdin, Disney*Hyperion, Random House, Sterling
Elementary
Available all day; in Eastern Time Zone
tarakidlit@gmail.com

Nancy Churnin
Albert Whitman & Company; Creston Books
Elementary
9 – 11 am CST
http://www.nancychurnin.com/
nancychurnin@mac.com

Elissa Brent Weissman
Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
Elementary
9am-2pm EST

Christina Farley
Skyscape
Middle/High
8 am- 12pm EST
http://www.christinafarley.com

Farley.ChristinaL@gmail.com

 

Katey Howes
Ripple Grove Press, Sterling Children’s Books, Carolrhoda
Younger Elementary
9am-3pm EST, 7:30-9pm EST
www.kateyhowes.com
Howes_kathryn@yahoo.com

Anika Denise
Abrams, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House
Elementary
9am-2pm EST
 
Rob Vlock
S&S/Aladdin
Upper Elementary & Middle
11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
Andrea J Loney
Albert Whitman & Company and Lee & Low Books
All Elementary
6 am – 3 pm PST
Veronica Bartles
Harper Collins Balzer & Bray
Elementary
8 am- 4pm EST
http://vbartles.com
vbartleswrites@vbartles.com
Jennifer Fosberry
Sourcebooks

Amanda Hosch
Capstone Young Readers/Stone Arch Books
Elementary
8 am to 2 pm PT
Tracy Marchini
Creative Editions
PreK – Lower Elementary
10 am- 5pm EST
http://www.tracymarchini.com

Please use the contact form at: http://tracymarchini.com/contact-faqs/
Michelle Meadows
Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Henry Holt
Elementary
10 am – 3 pm EST
Karen Leggett Abouraya
Dial Books for Young Readers + Star Walk Kids Media
Older Elementary/Middle School
Available 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Eastern time
handsaroundthelibrary.com
leggett@comcast.net

Jackie Azúa Kramer

North South Books

Elementary

9am-2pm EST

https://www.jackieazuakramer.com

Jkramer422@gmail.com

 

Carmela LaVigna Coyle 
Muddy Boots Books 
Elementary 
8 am- 2pm MST
www.carmelacoyle.com
carmelacoyle@gmail.com 
 
Caron Levis
FSG/Macmillan; Atheneum/S&S; HMH
Elementary
12-4   EST
Jane Kohuth
Penguin Random House (Random House Books for Young Readers, Dial)
Elementary
12 pm – 4:30 pm EST
Leslie Bulion
Peachtree Publishers, Charlesbridge
Elementary
10:15 am- 7pm EST
http://lesliebulion.com
lesliebulion@gmail.com
Ruth Kirk
Rourke Educational Media
Elementary
10am-11am EST
ruthmkirk.wordpress.com
ruthmkirk@gmail.com

Robin Roe

Disney-Hyperion 
High School 
1pm- 6pm EST
http://www.robinroewriter.com/
robinroewriter@gmail.com

 

Lindsay Currie
Simon & Schuster
Middle Grade
8 am- 2pm CST
www.lindsaycurrie.com

lindsayncurrie@gmail.com 

Annemarie O’Brien
Knopf, PenguinRandom House
Elementary
10:30a am- 11:30am EST
https://annemarieobrienauthor.com
Annemarie@AnnemarieOBrienAuthor.com
Lisa Katzenberger
Capstone
Elementary (PreK-2)
9 am-2pm CST
Dee Leone
Penguin/Sterling Children\’s Books
PreK to Elementary
8:00 – 3:00 PST
http://www.deeleone.com/home.html
http://www.deeleone.com/contact.html
 Mark Maciejewski
Simon & Schuster Aladdin
upper elementary-middle school (gr 4-8)
8am-3pm PST
Markmaciejewski.com
Magicjetski@yahoo.com
Carol Weston
Sourcebooks / Ava&Pip; Speed of Life
Upper Elementary / Middle School
9 to 3 EST
carolweston.com
carol@carolweston.com
Cynthia Levinson
Peachtree, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins
Grades 1-12
9-12 CST

Christine Pakkala

Boyds Mills Press
Elementary
8 am-3 pm EST

Julie Fortenberry

Viking Books for Young Readers
Younger Elementary
8 am- 5pm EST
http://juliefortenberry.com
fortenberryillustration@gmail.com
Maria Ashworth
Clear Fork Publishing
Elementary
12-4 central time
www.mariashworth.com
mashworth113@yahoo.com

Supriya Kelkar

Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books
Elementary, Middle School
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
Beth Ferry
HMH, Chronicle, Candlewick, Knopf
Elementary
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., EST
Veera Hiranandani
Penguin Random House
older elementary, middle school
9am-2pm EST
Annette Bay Pimentel
Nancy Paulsen Books; Charlesbridge
Elementary 
8 am-4 pm Pacific Time Zone
Miriam Spitzer Franklin
Skypony Press

3rd-6th grade

Available from 12:30-3:00 Eastern Standard

www.miriamfranklin.com

mspitzerfranklin@gmail.com

 

Stephanie Robinson
Delacorte Press
Middle Grade (upper elementary/early middle school
8:30 am – 3:15pm EST
https://www.fairdaysfiles.com/
robinsonstef@yahoo.com

 

Claire Lordon

Little Bee Books
Elementary
1-4PM PST
Penny Parker Klostermann

Random House Books for Young Readers
Elementary

9-3 CST

https://pennyklostermann.com/

Maxine Kaplan

Abrams / Amulet

High School
9:30am – 2:30pm EST
http://maxinekaplanbooks.com

maxine.kaplan@gmail.com

Lorri Horn
Amberjack Publishing
Grade Level: 3-6
Hours: 8AM — 3PM Pacific Time Zone
David Neilsen
Crown Books for Young Readers
Middle Grade
8 am- 3pm EST
https://david-neilsen.com/
neilsendavid@gmail.com
I’ll be updating this list once a week or so until WRAD, so if you check back, you may find that the options will change. Schedules will fill, so some folks will no longer be available, but there will also be new people added.

Authors & Illustrators: If your schedule is full & you need to be crossed off the list, please email to let me know. If you’d like to be added to the list, directions are here. Please note that this particular list is limited to traditionally published authors/illustrators, only to limit its size and scope. I’m one person with limited time. However, if someone else would like to compile and share a list of self-published, magazine, and ebook author/illustrator volunteers, I think that would be absolutely great, and I’ll happily link to it here. Just let me know!

Happy reading, everyone!

“World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.”              ~from the LitWorld website

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Getting ready for World Read Aloud Day 2/1/18 – A Call for Author Skype Volunteers!

LitWorld’s magical World Read Aloud Day is February 1, 2018 – and one of the fun traditions of this day of sharing stories is for authors around the world to Skype into classrooms & libraries for short read-alouds. For the past few years, I’ve helped out by compiling a list of author volunteers so that teachers & librarians can connect with them to schedule Skype sessions on that day.

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Teachers & librarians: Please hold tight for right now… the list will be coming soon!

Authors & Illustrators: Are you a traditionally published* author or illustrator who would like to be listed as a WRAD Skype volunteer? Please read the information & follow the directions below…

WRAD SKYPE VISITS AREN’T LONG OR FANCY PRESENTATIONS. USUALLY, THEY LAST 10-15 MINUTES AND GO SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

  • 1-2 minutes: Author gives a quick introduction & talks a little about their books.
  • 3-5 minutes: Author reads aloud a short picture book, or a short excerpt from a chapter book/novel
  • 5-10 minutes: Author answers some questions from students about reading/writing
  • 1-2 minutes: Author book-talks a couple books they love (but didn’t write!) as recommendations for the kids

Interested in volunteering? If you’re a traditionally published* author or illustrator, here’s how to sign up:

  1. Send an email to worldreadaloudskype@gmail.com. (Please do not try to send your info in a comment, Twitter DM, or any other way. It won’t be included unless it’s sent via this WRADSkype email address.)
  2. In the subject line, write WRAD Skype volunteer.
  3. In the body of the email, please share your name, publisher, grade level for which your books are most appropriate (Elementary, Middle, or High School), hours you’ll be available and your time zone, your website, and your email or contact page on your website.

 

Here’s a sample, showing what the body of your email should look like. Please use this exact format so your entry can be copied & pasted into the list.

Laurel Snyder
Random House Books for Young Readers
Elementary
8 am- 2pm EST
http://laurelsnyder.com
laurel’semail@gmail.com

Thanks for using this exact format. It saves so much time. Once I have all of your information in this format, I’ll add you to the list, which will be shared in November.

IMPORTANT: Whenever your schedule for WRAD is full, please send another email to worldreadaloudskype@gmail.com to let me know that. As soon as I can, I’ll cross your name off the list so you don’t keep getting requests.

*This list is limited to traditionally published authors/illustrators to limit its size and scope because I’m one person with limited time. However, if someone else would like to compile and share a list of self-published and ebook author/illustrator volunteers, I think that would be absolutely great, and I’ll happily link to it here. Just let me know! 

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Two New Novels for the New School Year: The Exact Location of Home and Breakout!

I have two books to talk about today – one that will feel very familiar to my readers & one that’s different from anything I’ve ever written!

First… today is book release day for THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME!  It’s about geocaching, absent parents, great blue herons, homelessness, and friendship. It’s also a companion novel to my 2009 debut THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. This book has been a long time coming. I wrote a draft of it before Gianna Z. even came out, but at that time, Bloomsbury wanted me to wait a while on another book set in the same world. By the time GIANNA Z. won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award in 2010, I’d moved on to other projects, and it was just last year that my editor let me know that she wanted to revisit that Zig book. I revised a bunch more to get it ready for today’s hardcover publication. In some ways, this book feels like a collaboration between the writer I was nine years ago and the writer I am today, so I was thrilled when it earned two starred reviews. SLJ called it “A gentle but truthful look at poverty and homelessness for fans of realistic middle grade novels, such as Gary Schmidt’s Okay for Now and Messner’s The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., in which Zig is a secondary character,” and Kirkus sums it up with: “Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale.” (I didn’t link to the SLJ review because it’s loaded with spoilers. You can google it if you don’t mind having all your surprises ruined. 🙂 

My other book news this week is a cover reveal for a project that’s totally different from anything I’ve written before. BREAKOUT is a novel-in-documents, told entirely through letters, text messages, press clippings, petitions, photographs, comics, and other bits of everyday life that soon-to-be 8th grader Nora Tucker collects for her community’s time capsule project. The project is supposed to share a slice of life in fictional Wolf Creek, a sleepy mountain town in the Adirondacks, but the day after it’s assigned, two convicted killers escape from the maximum security prison where Nora’s father is superintendent. Nora’s collected documents share many points of view on what happens during the two-week manhunt that changes the way Nora sees some of her neighbors and the place she’s always called home. BREAKOUT is a fictional story, but it was inspired by the Clinton Correctional Facility prison break two summers ago, which led to a three-week manhunt in the woods and mountains near my home in Northern NY.

BREAKOUT isn’t out until June 5th, but the one and only John Schu is hosting a cover reveal along with an interview on his blog this Thursday, so be sure to stop by if you’d like to see how the cover came to be and hear more of the story behind the story for this book!

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New Books for Hurricane Harvey Schools & Libraries: Details for schools/libraries and authors/publishers

Hundreds of Texas classrooms and libraries lost books in Hurricane Harvey and related flooding, and some have started reaching out to ask for help to make sure kids have books when they return to school. Please note that the best way to help is by donating money, either to individual libraries or to the Texas Library Association Disaster Relief fund, which will be assisting for many weeks to come. Many authors, illustrators, & publishing professionals have also asked about donating new books to some of those schools & libraries. This New Books for Hurricane Harvey Schools & Libraries project aims to connect schools in need with those who have new books to donate.

If you are a teacher, librarian, or principal whose school or library lost books, you can fill out this form to request new book donations. 

If you are an author, illustrator, or publishing professional and you’d like to donate a box of new books, here’s information on how to do that.

(Photo above is by Danelle Anderson via fb: Kingwood Library losses) 

I’ve been collecting requests from teachers, librarians, and principals and now have a list of dozens of Texas schools that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and are ready (or almost ready) to receive new book donations. They have all specifically requested this sort of donation. If you are an author, illustrator, or publishing professional who would like to help, please email me (kate messner books at gmail) or DM me on Facebook or Twitter (@katemessner), to request access to the spreadsheet. This link may NOT be shared publicly because it includes many educators’ personal contact information. Please do not post it anywhere.

The spreadsheet has a list of teachers, schools, and needs, along with addresses for sending new books and dates when books can be accepted. I’d like to keep track of what’s been sent to whom so we can make sure everyone gets books. To “adopt” a classroom or library in need, you’ll go to column J on the spreadsheet in the row for the school/library you’d like to adopt. Enter your name, where you’re from if you work at a publisher, and what you are sending. Examples of this: “Kate Messner – 15 of my books” or “Paige Turner from Bloomsbury – 1 case of mixed titles.”

Please note that this effort is for new book donations. While some impacted classrooms might welcome gently used book donations, people who have experienced this sort of catastrophic flooding in the past say that can lead to a flood of unusable materials which then create another job for people who are already overwhelmed. If you were thinking of organizing a used book drive, one idea is to have a used book sale at your school instead and donate the proceeds to the Texas Library Association Disaster Relief Effort. https://squareup.com/store/txla

 

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KidLit Cares: Full picture book, MG, or graphic novel manuscript critique with editor Shana Corey

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here. Now, on to the auction!

Editor Shana Corey is offering one editorial letter/critique on an unpublished picture book, middle grade novel or graphic novel manuscript.
Shana Corey is an executive editor at Random House Children’s Books, where she edits award-winning middle grade novels and graphic novels. When not editing, she writes picture books about change-makers, including Here Come the Girl Scouts!The Secret Subway, and A Time To Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech.
Opening bid: $100

Auction ends:Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10pm EST.

Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void. (Please note: bidding at the last second isn’t a good idea. Websites get overloaded & there’s always a chance that your bid might not post on time. So please bid your best offer with plenty of time to spare.)

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck, and thanks for bidding!

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KidLit Cares: Partial manuscript critique & phone call with editor Andrew Karre

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here. Now, on to the auction!

Editor Andrew Karre will read up to 40 pages of your YA or MG novel, followed by a phone call critique/discussion of the piece.
Andrew Karre is executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers. Over the course of his career in children’s literature, he’s had the privilege of editing books by A.S. King, E. K. Johnston, Maggie Stiefvater, Ashley Hope Pérez, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and many other acclaimed authors. He works from his home in St. Paul, MN. @andrewkarre

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends:Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10pm EST.

Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void. (Please note: bidding at the last second isn’t a good idea. Websites get overloaded & there’s always a chance that your bid might not post on time. So please bid your best offer with plenty of time to spare.)

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck, and thanks for bidding!

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KidLit Cares: Original drawing & signed books from author-illustrator Dan Santat

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here. Now, on to the auction!

Dan Santat has donated one original ink sketch of a character for an upcoming book and  9 signed books which includes Dan’s newest book, AFTER THE FALL which ships Oct 3
Dan Santat is a NY Times Best Selling author of titles such as, Are We There Yet? and the recipient of the 2015 Randolph Caldecott Medal for The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. He is also the creator of the Disney animated series, The Replacements.

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends:Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10pm EST.

Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void. (Please note: bidding at the last second isn’t a good idea. Websites get overloaded & there’s always a chance that your bid might not post on time. So please bid your best offer with plenty of time to spare.)

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck, and thanks for bidding!

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