Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2017!

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:

Ranger in Time -- Race to the South PoleHow to Read a StoryLink to Up in the Garden and Down in the DIrt 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 Thursday, February 16, 2017

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 16th. 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 send an email to me know when you’re all booked up!)

World Read Aloud Day – Skyping Author Volunteers for February 16, 2017.

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
Elementary & Middle School
9:30-12 (Eastern Time)

Phil Bildner
FSG and Chronicle
Older Elementary
9-12 (Eastern Time)

Jennifer Maschari
Older Elementary & Middle School
8 am- 2pm EST

Loree Griffin Burns
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Henry Holt/Millbrook Press
Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
8 am- 2pm EST

Laurel Snyder
Chronicle/Walden Pond Press

Barb Rosenstock
Knopf/Random House, Calkins Creek, Dial, Dutton
8am-3pm, CST

Jen Swann Downey
Middle School
I am flexible and in the Eastern Standard Zone.

Stacy McAnulty
Random House, Running Kids Press
8:30 am- 3pm EST

Sarah Albee
Crown/Bloomsbury/Harper Collins/National Geographic

Older Elementary, Middle School
10-2 Eastern Time

Josh Funk
Younger Elementary
3pm – 9pm EST

Jennifer Swanson
National Geographic Kids, Charlesbridge 
Older Elementary, Middle School
10am to 4pm EST

Christine Pakkala
Boyds Mill Press
Younger Elementary
10 am-2 pm EST

Molly B. Burnham
9-4 EST

Lori Richmond
Bloomsbury; Simon & Schuster
Younger Elementary
9:30 am – 3:00 pm EST

Nanci Turner Steveson
HarperCollins Children’s
Upper Elementary/Middle School
7:30-10 Mountain Time

Deborah Freedman
Viking Children’s Books
9 am — 4 pm EST

Sarah Darer Littman
Scholastic Press/S & S Aladdin
Upper Elementary/Middle School/High School
8 am- 6pm EST

Lauren Magaziner
Penguin Books for Young Readers
9 am – 6 pm EST

Lindsey Leavitt
Random House, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury
Elementary & Middle School
All day, Mountain time

Dana Alison Levy
Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House
8:30-3 EST

Karen Romano Young
Chronicle Books
Upper elementary or middle school
9-5 EST

Melanie Conklin
Penguin (Putnam)

Elementary and Middle School
10am-2:30pm EST

Laurie Wallmark
Creston Books

9-5 (Eastern time)


Annette Simon
Younger Elementary
8 am – 2 pm EST

Jennifer Brown
Little, Brown Books; Katherine Tegen; Bloomsbury
Older Elementary, Middle School, High School
8:30am – 2pm CST

Leslie Bulion
7:30 am – 6pm EST

Mike Grosso
Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Older Elementary, Middle School
9:30am-10:15am and 3:15pm-6:00pm CST

Carmella Van Vleet
Holiday House/Charlesbridge/Nomad Press
9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Children’s Books
Older Elementary
Hours: Flexible (EST)

Sara Nickerson
Dutton Children’s Books
Older Elementary
9am-2pm PST

Jane Kelley
Random House Children’s Books; Feiwel & Friends
Older Elementary
10 am – 2 pm CST

Rita Antoinette Borg
Younger Elementary
3 hours/ Gmt +1 with Rome Italy

Kara LaReau
Candlewick & Abrams/Amulet
10-11am and 2:30-3:30pm EST

Anne Broyles
Charlesbridge, Tilbury House, Pelican Elementary

Cynthia Levinson
Peachtree/HarperCollins/Simon & Schuster
Older Elementary, Middle School
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST

Ellen Wittlinger
Merit Press/F&W Media
High School
10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Jenny Lundquist
Aladdin M!X/ Simon & Schuster
Older Elementary
9:15am – 2:30pm PST

Robin Newman
Creston Books
Kindergarten – Third Grade
10:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

Karen Leggett Abouraya
Dial/Fable Learning

Upper Elementary
 7:00 am – 8:00 pm   Eastern Standard Time

Anica Mrose Rissi
Simon & Schuster BFYR
Younger Elementary: Grades 1-4
10am to 5pm EST

Monica Tesler
Simon & Schuster
Older Elementary
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Sue Fliess
Albert Whitman & Co/Sky Pony Press
Younger Elementary
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST or

Robin Yardi
Arbordale & Carolrhoda
Elementary (K-6)
7:00 am – 2pm PST

Ronni Arno
Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Older Elementary / Middle School
9 am – 2 pm EST

Sarah Sullivan
Candlewick Press and Macmillan
All Elementary and Middle Grades 5-7
8 am – 5 pm EST

Alan Katz
9 am – 2 pm EST

Abby Cooper
Older elementary/middle school
9 AM – 3 PM Central

Madelyn Rosenberg
Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)/Holiday House/Scholastic
All Elementary, Middle School
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., EST

Laura Murray
GP Putnam’s Sons
Younger Elementary
9 am -2 pm EST

Mary Crockett
Middle and High School
8 am – 2 pm EST

Paula Chase
Kensington Books/Dafina Imprint
Middle School
9 am- 1:30pm EST

Lisa Schroeder
Scholastic and Simon and Schuster
Older Elementary, Middle School, High School
8 am – 12 pm PST

Julie Segal Walters
Simon & Schuster
Younger Elementary
Available 12:00 – 3:00 EST

Dee Romito
Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
Older Elementary, Middle School
9:30 AM-2 PM EST

Katy Kelly
Random House
Older Elementary
9:30-6:30 EST

Jenn Bishop
Alfred A. Knopf / Random House
Older Elementary, Middle School
10 am – 5 pm EST

Gail Nall
Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
Older Elementary and Middle School
10am-2pm EST

Holly Thompson

Henry Holt, Delacorte/Random House, Shen’s/Lee&Low
Elementary, Middle School, High School
8am-5pm Japan time; 8am-11am EST

Erin Teagan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Older Elementary
8am-1pm EST

Brooks Benjamin
Delacorte/Random House
Older elementary/middle school
11:30am–12:45pm & 2:00pm–7:00pm EST

Jennifer Wolf Kam
Charlesbridge Publishing
Middle School/High School
8 am- 2:30 pm, EST

Hannah Barnaby
HMG/Knopf/Putnam/Simon & Schuster
All Elementary; Middle School; High School
9am – 2pm EST

Sarah Aronson
Older Elementary
All day- Central Time Zone

Janet Sumner Johnson
Capstone Young Readers
Older Elementary
9 am- 2pm PST

Ammi-Joan Paquette
Philomel/Penguin, Candlewick, Bloomsbury
11 am- 2pm EST

Corey Ann Haydu
Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins
Older Elementary and Middle School
9-4 EST

Erin Petti
Mighty Media Press
Upper Elementary/ Middle School
erin.m.petti@gmail.comJ. C. Phillipps
Viking/Houghton Mifflin
Younger Elementary
10 am – 2pm EST

Tamara Ellis Smith
Schwartz & Wade (Random House)
Middle School
8:30-11 and 12:30-2 (EST)

Bridget Hodder
Macmillan/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Grades 4-8
all day – EST

Ellen Booraem
Penguin Books for Young Readers
Middle School
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins; Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic
Elementary & Middle School
8 am- 2pm EST

Jodi Kendall
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Upper elementary/Middle School
9:30am-12noon EST

Julie Falatko
Viking Children’s Books
All Elementary
9:30-2:30 ET

Miriam Spitzer Franklin
Skypony Press
Older  Elementary
9-2 EST

Virginia Zimmerman
Clarion Books/HMH
Grade 5-8 / Older Elementary / Middle School
830 am – 230 pm EST

Shari Green
Pajama Press 
Older Elementary
9:00 a.m. – noon PST

Jody Feldman
All Elementary, Middle School
7:30am – 4:30pm Central

Monica Carnesi
Penguin Random House
9 am to 4 pm EST

Lee Gjertsen Malone
Aladdin/ Simon & Schuster
older elementary and middle school
9am to 4pm, EST

Megan Maynor
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Younger Elementary
9:30am-2:00pm CST

Trisha Speed Shaskan
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Younger Elementary
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST

David Huyck
Kids Can Press; Tundra Books
All Elementary
9am-noon Central time

Kirby Larson
Scholastic/Random House/Walker Books for Young Readers/Little Brown
All Elementary and Middle School (depending on the title)
10 am – 2 pm, PST

Augusta Scattergood
Scholastic Press
Upper Elementary, Middle School
10 AM- 12 Noon, 2- 4 PM, EST


Shannon Hitchcock


Older Elementary

10:00 am – 2:00 pm EST


Constance Lombardo


older Elementary

10 – 2  EST


Annemarie O’Brien
Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Books for Young Readers
Older Elementary
7am – 8am PST or 6:30pm – 9:30pm PST (on Feb 15th, if international)


Denis Markell

Delacorte Press
Older Elementary/Middle School
9am – 4pm EST


Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Skypony Press

Older Elementary

9-2 EST


Jill Diamond
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Grades 3-5 (Older Elementary)
9:30-4 PST


Anna Raff

Candlewick, G.P. Putnam and Sons, Viking

Younger Elementary

9am – 3pm EST


Annette Bay Pimentel

Older Elementary
8 am- 2pm Pacific Time


Kathleen Burkinshaw
Sky Pony Press
Middle School
9-2 EST
Jody Jensen Shaffer
10-2 CST
Mara Rockliff
9-5 EST


Sue Lowell Gallion
Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster
Younger Elementary
9 – 3 CST

Tricia Clasen

Sky Pony Press
Grades: 3-6
9-3 CST
Erin Soderberg Downing
Random House Books for Young Readers
9 am – 4 pm CST

Julie Fortenberry

Viking Books for Young Readers
Younger Elementary
8 am- 5pm EST

Ann Ingalls
Scholastic and Penguin Books for Young Readers
Early Elementary (K-1)
8AM to 12AM CST 

David A. Kelly
Random House Children’s Books
11 am- 5pm EST

Dianne White
Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster
Younger Elementary7 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST


Laura Sassi
Preschool – 2nd grade
10am – 3pm EST
Contact via website:


Ann Jacobus
St. Martin’s Press
High School 
Available 8:30am-1:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), Feb. 16
Maria Gianferrari
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Roaring Brook & more
10AM to 3PM (EST)

Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
National Geographic Kids/Capstone/NSTA Press
Older Elementary
9 am – 1 pm EST
Contact me at

Rebecca J. Gomez
Atheneum, Putnam
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST
Andrea Wang
Albert Whitman & Co.
Younger Elementary
8 am – 3 pm MST
Penny Parker Klostermann
Random House Children’s Books
All Elementary
9am – 3pm CST

Terry Pierce
Tilbury House
8:30-2:30 PST

Hachette/Macmillan + others
All ages
8.00am-6.30pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) UTC/GMT +10 hours

Cynthia Reeg
Jolly Fish Press (Flux)
Upper Elementary
9am-12pm EST
Jackie Azúa Kramer
North South Books
Younger Elementary 
8 am- 2pm EST

Kim Norman
Sterling, Scholastic & Penguin
Lower Elementary
10 am- 2pm EST

Debbi Michiko Florence
Picture Window Books (Capstone)
Elementary (K-2)
9am – 2 pm EST

Elly Swartz
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Older Elementary, Middle School


Sarah Prineas
HarperCollins, Scholastic
Older Elementary
9-12 central time
Rosanne Parry
Random House Children’s Books
older elementary and middle school
5:30am to 10pm, PST

S.A. Larsen (Sheri)
Leap Books
Older Elementary & Middle School
8 am- 2pm EST 

Stephanie Bearce
Source Books/Prufrock Press
Upper Elementary and Middle School
I am available 9am – 2pm central standard time
email me at:

Ann Whitford Paul


Younger elementary

11-2 pacific coast time


Margaret Dilloway


Middle Grade (Older elementary-middle school)

7-10:30 am PST

Michelle Edwards
Random House/Schwartz and Wade
Younger Elementary

9:30-4:00 CT

Anne Ylvisaker
Candlewick Press
Grades 3-6
9am-12pm PST

Nora Gaydos

Random House Kids
Younger Elementary
12:20 pm – 1:10 pm   EST
Miranda Paul
Knopf Books/Lerner/Millbrook & more
Elementary (K-4)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST

Stephanie Robinson

Delacorte Press

Middle Grade (Grades 4-7)

Older Elementary/Middle School 

9:30-12:30  or 1:45-2:45 Easter Standard Time

I’ll be updating this list every few days until WRAD, so if you check back, you’ll 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