Hi there – and welcome to the World Read Aloud Day author Skype volunteer list for 2016!
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 2016 is Wednesday, February 24th!
Unfortunately, I’ll be traveling to a conference in Missouri on that day and won’t be around to Skype myself, but I promise to share a special video read-aloud here on that day, so bookmark this page & you’ll be able to share that with your students!
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 24th. 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 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 their 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 February 24, 2016.
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.)
FSG and Chronicle
9-12 (Eastern Time)
Jennifer Maschari HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray Older Elementary & Middle School 8 am- 12pm EST http://www.jenmaschari.com
Aladdin M!X (forthcoming), Bloomsbury
8 am – 4 pm EST
Stacy McAnulty Random House Kids Elementary 8:30 am- 2pm EST www.stacymcanulty.com
Kim Norman Penguin, Sterling & Scholastic Younger Elementary 10am-3pm Eastern Time Zone www.kimnormanbooks.com firstname.lastname@example.org Ammi-Joan Paquette Philomel/Penguin Elementary 11am – 3pm EST www.ajpaquette.com
Atheneum / Simon & Schuster
Upper Elementary, Middle School or High School 8 am -11 am MST www.melaniecrowder.com Julie Falatko Viking Children’s Books Elementary 9 am – 2 pm EST http://juliefalatko.com email@example.com Lisa Jahn-Clough
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Elementary K – 3 (picture books)
High school (YA novels)
9 am – 2 pm EST
Random House/Bloomsbury/National Geographic
Middle School, Older Elementary 1 – 3 Eastern Time sarahalbeebooks.com firstname.lastname@example.org Josh Funk
8am – 6pm EST
Jennifer Swanson National Geographic Kids, Charlesbridge, Capstone Older Elementary, Middle School, High School 8am to 2pm EST www.JenniferSwansonBooks.com Jennifer@JenniferSwansonBooks.com Miranda Paul
Lerner Publishing Group & Macmillan Children’s
Elementary 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Central) http://mirandapaul.com email@example.com Molly B. Burnham Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins older elementary East Coast time available school hours www.mollybburnham.com
Anne Marie Pace
Disney-Hyperion, Scholastic, Henry Holt, Beach Lane
9-3 Eastern time, minus 1:45 – 2:15
Upper Elementary, Middle School
2-5 PM EST
Nanci Turner Steveson
Upper Elementary/Middle School
8:30-11:30 Mountain Time
HarperCollins, Fitzhenry and Whiteside
8am – 2pm EST
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, Sleeping Bear, Kane Miller
Elementary Flexible to your needs–worldwide. (I’m PST) http://www.erindealey.com Laura Sassi
Zonderkidz (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
Younger Elementary, Preschool
10am – 2pm EST
Hayley Barrett Candlewick Press Younger Elementary 9-12 EST https://hayleybarrettwrites.wordpress.com firstname.lastname@example.org Deborah Freedman Viking Children’s Books Younger Elementary 9 am — 3 pm EST http://www.deborahfreedman.net/ Nikki Loftin
1 pm – 4 pm Central
Sarah Darer Littman Scholastic Press/S & S Aladdin Upper Elementary/Middle School/High School 8 am- 4pm EST http://sarahdarerlittman.com
Sarah Jamila Stevenson
Middle School/High School
10am – 3pm PST
Michelle Edwards Random House Books for Young Readers, HMH Younger Elementary 9 am- 3 pm CST www.michelledwards.com
Two Lions Publishing
9am to 3pm EST
Random House Books for Young Readers
8:30 to 2:30 PST
9 am to 5 pm. Israel (2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time)
Penguin Books for Young Readers
9 am – 6 pm EST
Little Simon (Simon and Shuster)
9am – 2pm EST
Older Elementary, Middle School, High School
Margie Palatini Simon & Schuster, Harpercollins, Hyperion, Clarion, Dutton, Abrams, Scholastic All Elementary 10 am to 2 pm (Eastern Standard) www.margiepalatini.com
Pelican Publishing Co., Inc.
8:00am – 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time
Elementary, Picture Book
Capstone Young Readers
Older Elementary/Middle School
Central Standard Time (8:30-3:30 p.m.)
Aladdin/Simon & Schuster; and Epic Reads Impulse/Harper
Older Elementary and Middle School
10 am – 2 pm EST
Creston Books, Berkeley, CA
11:30 Am- 2:30 PM EST
Older Elementary (3rd-6th)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Pacific)
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