Making Plans for World Read Aloud Day 3/7/12

Did you know that LitWorld’s annual World Read Aloud Day is coming up on March 7th?

“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

Last year, a bunch of us who write books for kids got together and volunteered to read aloud via Skype to classrooms and libraries all over the world, for free. These weren’t big, fancy presentations — just a few minutes of reading aloud, followed by some questions.  I made a list of read-aloud authors with links so teachers & librarians could contact them and plan Read Aloud Day Skype sessions for their students. Some authors also posted video read-alouds to share, and it was all great fun.

So…that brings us to this year. World Read Aloud Day is March 7, 2012.

Are you a traditionally published author who would like to Skype into classrooms & libraries to read aloud to kids for free on March 7th? Just leave me a comment with your name, publisher(s),  the age groups for which you write, and a website where teachers & librarians can find contact information.  Please use this format to keep things simple:

Kate Messner
Chronicle/Scholastic/Walker-Bloomsbury
PB/Chapter books/MG
www.katemessner.com

Once I hear from a bunch of people, I’ll create this year’s list and keep adding to it as we get closer to World Read Aloud Day.

(Note: This list will include traditionally published authors only. I have nothing against self-publishing, but I’m one human being with limited time, and that helps to limit the scope of this project so that I can still write books and feed my kids and things like that.  If someone else wants to make a list of self-published authors volunteering to do Skype read-alouds, I will happily link to it here.)

Teachers & librarians…please give us a few days and then check back; we’ll have a list of authors ready to go so that you can start planning for Read Aloud Day, 2012!

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32 Comments

  1. Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    [I did this last year and it was a huge success–definitely worth doing again!!]

    Sarah Prineas

    HarperCollins (US), Quercus (UK, India, Aus)

    Middle grade

    http://www.sarah-prineas.com

  2. Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful! I’d love to be involved. Count me in for:

    Ammi-Joan (A. J.) Paquette
    Tanglewood/Walker
    PB/MG
    ajpaquette.com

  3. Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, my comment didn’t post. Trying again.]

    Sarah Prineas

    HarperCollins (US), Quercus (UK, India, Aus)

    MG

    http://www.sarah-prineas.com

  4. Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to be counted in as well!

    Jennifer Carson
    L&L Dreamspell/Pugalicious Press
    MG
    http://www.findawonder.com

  5. Posted December 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I’d be happy to participate.

  6. Posted December 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    R.J. Anderson
    Carolrhoda Lab (US) / HarperCollins (US/Canada) / Orchard (UK)
    upper MG / YA
    http://www.rj-anderson.com

  7. Posted December 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Count me in too, Kate!

    Loree Griffin Burns
    Houghton Mifflin/Henry Holt
    MG Nonfiction
    http://www.loreeburns.com

  8. Posted December 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m in too, Kate …

    Loree Griffin Burns
    Houghton Mifflin/Henry Holt
    MG Nonfiction
    http://www.loreeburns.com

    Happy New Year!

  9. Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Would love to do it again this year! Thanks for organizing, Kate.
    Sarah Albee
    Simon and Schuster/Random House/Walker-Bloomsbury
    MG fiction/PB/MG nonfiction
    http://www.sarahalbeebooks.com

  10. Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I’m so in it’s ridiculous!

  11. Posted December 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to be involved, Kate. Thanks for organizing.

    J.L. Powers
    Cinco Puntos Press
    Young Adult Fiction
    http://www.jlpowers.net

  12. Posted December 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea, Kate. I’m in.

    Joan Holub
    ZERO THE HERO,
    Henry Holt/Macmillan, 2012
    ages 6-10 picture book.
    GODDESS GIRLS tween series,
    Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8-12.
    http://www.joanholub.com
    http://joanholub.blogspot.com

  13. Posted December 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    This sounds wonderful! I’ll be on a plane back from Africa to JFK on March 7th! I land at 3:45 p.m. Do I have any options for participating once I land? I’ve got Skype on my iPad or would happily go somewhere to participate. Let me know!

    • Posted January 2, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Miranda, I bet we could figure something out if you’d like to do this – I’ll just make a note of the time(s) you ARE available and note that you’re traveling that day. Sound good?

  14. Posted December 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I’m happy to buzz (and Skype) my new bee picture book.
    Alison Ashley Formento
    Albert Whitman & Company
    PB
    http://www.alisonashleyformento.com

  15. Posted December 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks!
    Aliison Ashley Formento
    Albert Whitman & Company
    PB
    http://www.alisonashleyformento.com

  16. Posted December 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m very interested!

    Samantha Combs
    Astraea Press/Musa Publishing
    YA and MG
    http://www.samanthacombswrites.webs.com

  17. Posted December 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m very interested!
    Samantha Combs
    Astraea Press and Musa Publishing
    YA and MG
    http://www.samanthacombswrites.webs.com

  18. Posted December 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m not a published author…just wanted to say, what a fantastic idea! Happy reading and thanks for taking part in world read aloud day. Can’t believe it’s almost here again! Need to start figurin’ out what to do. Happy New Year!

  19. Posted December 31, 2011 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Hi Kate,
    Loved doing this last year. Count me in. Thanks!

    Karen

  20. Posted December 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like a lot of fun and it happens soon after my debut YA comes out. I’m in!

    Kim Purcell
    TRAFFICKED
    Penguin/Viking Feb 2012
    YA
    kimpurcell.com

  21. Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Kate!
    Alison Ashley Formento
    Albert Whitman & Company
    PBs
    http://www.alisonashleyformento.com

  22. Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Hey Kate, Trying this again. Hope it works!

    Sarah Albee
    Walker/Bloomsbury/Simon and Schuster
    MG NF/MG Fiction
    http://www.sarahalbeebooks.com

  23. Posted December 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous experience last year – spoke with 5 schools in 3 countries!

    Ruth Spiro
    Dutton
    Picture Books
    http://www.ruthspiro.com

  24. Posted January 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Loved it last year — count me in!

    Scholastic/MG

  25. Posted January 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this idea – thanks for putting this together!! Here’s my info:

    Lori Degman
    Simon & Schuster
    PB

    • Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Lori! What website shall I link to for you?

  26. Posted January 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Love to participate – Thanks Kate.

    Alan Silberberg
    Aladdin/ Hyperion
    MG fiction
    http://www.silberbooks.com

  27. Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Hooray for LitWorld! Hooray for Kate Messner!

    C. Alexander London
    Philomel
    MG-YA
    http://www.calexanderlondon.com

  28. Posted January 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    This is fantastic! I would love to be a part of this. Please let me know if I can participate.
    Angela Walker
    Harry Purple Monkey Dishwasher, First Adventure
    Harry’s also on facebook, twitter and youtube

    Make it a great day!

    • Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Angela! Could you please provide the information requested in the blog post? Thanks.

  29. Posted February 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Not sure if I’m too late to participate, but I’m happy to if not too late.
    Publishers include Aladdin ( S & S), HarperCollins, Dial, and others.
    Pic bks (Library Lil, Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name, Ten Naughty Little Monkeys, and others)
    Chapter book and MG fiction series (most recent is Goddess Girls, coauthored with Joan Holub)

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