Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2014!

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

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 2014 is March 5th.

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’d like to have an author visit your classroom or library for 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 clicking on the link to his or her website and finding a contact form or email.  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 March 5th. Please note authors’ availability and time zones. Adjust accordingly if yours is different!
    • Your Skype username and a phone number where you can be reached on that day
  • Please understand that authors are people, too, and have schedules and families 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 his or her name – that means the author’s schedule is full, and no more visits are available.  (Authors, please let me know that if you can!)

World Read Aloud Day – Skyping Author Volunteers for March 5, 2014

Authors are listed along with publishers, available times, and the age groups for which they write.  (PB=picture books, MG=middle grades, YA=young adult, etc.)

 Anne Marie Pace
9am-2pm EST
JoAnn Early Macken
Disney-Hyperion, Candlewick Press, Holiday House
11 a.m.-2 p.m. CST
Laurel Snyder
Random House Books for Young Readers
8 am- 2pm EST
Erica S. Perl
Random House/Abrams/Scholastic
Elementary/Middle School
10am-2pm EST
Tricia Springstubb
10-2 EST
Julia DeVillers
Simon&Schuster, Penguin
Elementary/Middle School 
9a-11:30 am and 12:30-3 pm EST
Joy Preble
Soho Press & Balzer and Bray
Jr. High – High School
10 AM – 2PM CST
Erin Soderberg / Erin Downing
Bloomsbury / Simon & Schuster
Elementary / Middle School
10am-3pm CST
Donna Gephart
Delacorte Press/Random House
Elementary/Middle School
10am-3pm EST
Sarah Albee
(Numerous publishers)
Elementary/Middle School
10am-3pm EST
Nikki Loftin
Older Elementary (Third Grade & up)
10am-2pm CST
Monica Carnesi
9 am – 2 pm EST
Lisa Schroeder
7:30-9:30 PST; 10:30-12:00 PST
Kristen Kittscher
Harper Children’s
Elementary & Middle School
11am-6pm EST
David Macinnis Gill
YA/older MS EST
9am-2pm EST
Kami Kinard
Scholastic Press
Upper Elementary/Middle School
9am-2pm EST
Bob Shea
10am-2pm EST
Frances Bonney Jenner  
Irie Books
Middle School  
MST  8am-3pm
Laura Purdie Salas
Clarion and Millbrook
10am-1pm CST
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Elementary/Middle School 
1pm-4pm Mountain
Kate Messner
9-10:30 am EST
Jennifer Fosberry
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
10am-1pm PST
Barbara O’Connor
Elementary School (Gr 4,5 optimum)
12-1:30 EST
Patrice Lyle
Leap Books
Middle School
Most times, CST
Kim Baker
Roaring Brook Press
Macmillan Elementary
Middle School 
9am-2pm PST
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Disney-Hyperion, Two Lions, Abrams, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster
Melissa Guion
10am – 2pm EST
Jody Feldman
Elementary/Middle School
9am-3pm CST 
Amy Goldman Koss
Dial Books for Young Readers
Elementary / Middle School
10:00am – 2:00pm Pacific Time
Liz Garton Scanlon
Beach Lane Books/S&S/HarperCollins/Bloomsbury
10-1 CST
Ammi-Joan Paquette
Random House/Walker/Candlewick/Clarion
Elementary/Middle School
9-2 EST
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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  1. Lori
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    A MILLION thanks for organizing this…I am beyond ecstatic to find this opportunity for my class.

  2. Posted January 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to be part of this! how do I sign up????? xo Amy

  3. Posted January 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Great list, Kate! Thanks for this. You are so awesome for the community helping like this. I signed up too, but not sure if I did it correctly. So great to see the other authors who signed up. Thank you!

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