Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day!

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

 

I also read lots and 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 couple 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 2013 is March 6th.

Some of you have already sent me notes asking if I’m available to Skype on that day, and I’m so sorry to tell you that I’m not this year – but for the very good reason that I’ll be reading to some kids in person at a school author visit in Vermont on that day. Instead, I’ll offer a sneak-preview video read aloud of two upcoming titles — HIDE AND SEEK (which is the sequel to my mystery CAPTURE THE FLAG and comes out April 1st) and MARTY MCGUIRE HAS TOO MANY PETS (which doesn’t come out until 2014, so I’ll be reading to you from the not-yet-edited draft. Cool, huh?)  So if you’d like to share those with your students, just bookmark this page and stop back on March 6th, and the videos will be posted right here.

So now…on to the World Read Aloud Day Skype list! 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 6th. 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 6, 2013

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
Disney-Hyperion
Elementary
10-12 EST
http://www.annemariepace.com
 
Crissa-Jean Chappell
Flux
High School
10am-3pm EST 
http://crissajeanchappell.com
 
JoAnn Early Macken
Disney-Hyperion, Candlewick Press, Holiday House
Elementary
10 a.m.-2 p.m. CST
http://www.joannmacken.com
 
Laurel Snyder
Random House Books for Young Readers
K-5 EST
8 am- 2pm
http://laurelsnyder.com
 
Erica S. Perl
Random House/Abrams
Elementary/Middle School
9am-12pm EST
http://www.ericaperl.com
 
Jody Feldman
HarperCollins/Greenwillow
Elementary/Middle School
8am-5pm CST
http://www.jodyfeldman.com
 
Terry Golson
Scholastic
K-3
10 to 2 EST
http://www.HenCam.com
 
Lynn Plourde
Dutton, S&S, Down East
Elementary EST
9am-noon EST
http://www.lynnplourde.com
 
Alissa Grosso
Flux
High School & Middle School
All day – EST
http://alissagrosso.com
 
Tricia Springstubb
HarperCollins
Elementary
10-2 EST
http://www.triciaspringstubb.com
 
Lori Degman
Simon & Schuster
Elementary
1:00 – 6:00 CST
http://www.Loridegman.com
 
Karen Day
Random House
Elementary/Middle School
11am-2pm EST
http://www.klday.com 
 
Donna Gephart
Delacorte Press/Random House
Elementary/Middle School
9am-6pm EST
http://www.donnagephart.com
 
Sarah Albee
(Numerous publishers)
Elementary/Middle School
10am-3pm EST
http://www.sarahalbeebooks.com
 
DiannaWinget
Harcourt
Elementary/Middle
9am-2pmPST
http://www.diannawinget.com
 
Erin Dealey
Atheneum/Sleeping Bear Press
Elementary/Middle School
10am-6pm EST 
http://www.erindealey.com
 
Sonia Gensler
Knopf
Middle School/High School
10am-3pm CST
http://www.soniagensler.com
 
Nikki Loftin
Penguin
Older Elementary (Third Grade & up)
11am-2pm CST
http://www.nikkiloftin.com
 
Linda Joy Singleton
Llewellyn/Flux
Middle/HS
Flexible times PST
http://www.LindaJoySingleton.com
 
Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Philomel/Penguin
Elementary Time Zone
10am-4pm EST
http://www.itsrhymetime.com
 
Margo Sorenson
Marimba Books/Just Us Books
Elementary K-3
6 AM – 8 AM PST
http://www.margosorenson.com
 
Irene Latham
Penguin & Macmillan
Elementary/Middle School
9am-1pm CST
http://www.irenelatham.com
 
Carol Weis
Simon & Schuster
Elementary 
11am-2pm EST
http://www.carolweis.com
 
Hillary Homzie
Simon & Schuster
Elementary/Middle School
9 am- 12 am PST
http://www.hillaryhomzie.com
 
Tami Lewis Brown
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Elementary
8:30- 2:00 EST
http://tamilewisbrown.com
 
Wendy Kitts
Nimbus Publishing
Elementary
9 am-7 pm PST
http://www.wendykitts.ca
 
Diane Zahler
Harper Collins
Elementary/Middle
12pm-3pm EST
http://www.dianezahler.com
 
Monica Carnesi
Penguin/Paulsen
Elementary
10 am – 3 pm EST
http://www.monicacarnesi.com
 
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic
4th-8th grade
9:00AM-11:00AM EST
http://www.olugbemisolabooks.com
 
Greg R. Fishbone
Lee & Low
Upper Elementary/Middle School
Any time
http://www.gfishbone.com
 
Natasha Wing
Grosset & Dunlap
Elementary
9-11 MST
http://www.natashawing.com
 
Lizzie K. Foley
Dial/Penguin
Elementary/Middle School
9:30am-2pm EST
http://www.lizziekfoley.com
 
 Tanya Lee Stone
Candlewick/Henry Holt/Penguin
Elementary/Middle School/High School
10am-2pm EST
 http://www.tanyastone.com
 
Amy Guglielmo
Sterling
Pre-school/Elementary (up to 2nd grade)
11am-2pm EST
http://www.touchtheart.com
 
Leslie Bulion
Peachtree,Charlesbridge
Elementary/Middle School
2-5pm EST
http://www.lesliebulion.com
 
Mark Jeffrey
Harper Collins
Middle School
Anytime – PST
http://markjeffrey.net
 
Dori Hillestad Butler
Albert Whitman/Peachtree/Grosset & Dunlap
Elementary or Middle School
1:00pm-3:00pm CST
http://www.kidswriter.com
 
Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Rising Moon/Taylor Trade
Elementary
9am-2pm MST
http://www.carmelacoyle.com

 

Shannon Delany
St. Martin’s Press
Middle/High School
9am-2pm EST
http://www.ShannonDelany.com
 
Ammi-Joan Paquette
Walker/Tanglewood
Elementary/Middle School
10am-2pm EST
http://www.ajpaquette.com
 
J&P Voelkel
Egmont USA
Middle School
10am-1pm EST
http://www.jaguarstones.com
 
Melissa Wiley
Simon & Schuster/Random House
Elementary
10am-2pm PST
http://melissawiley.com
 
Mina Javaherbin
Candlewick/Disney Hyperion
Elementary
8:30am-2pm PST
http://minajavaherbin.com
 
Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Upper elementary and middle
10 am to 2 pm CST
http://kristintubb.com
 
W.H. Beck
Houghton Mifflin
Elementary/Middle School
7-7:45, 12:15-12:45, 4:15-5 CST
http://www.whbeck.com
 
Joanne Levy
Bloomsbury Middle School
Elementary/Middle School
8:30 EST – 10:30 EST
http://www.joannelevy.com
 
Jean Reidy
Bloomsbury/Disney Hyperion
Preschool/Elementary School
10 am – 5 pm EST
http://www.jeanreidy.com
 
Melanie Hope Greenberg
Penguin
Elementary
9am – 12:00pm EST
http://www.melaniehopegreenberg.com

Alison Alison Formento
Albert Whitman & Company
Elementary 
1:00-4:00 pm EST
http://www.alisonashleyformento.com
 
Debbie Dadey
Simon and Schuster/Scholastic
Elementary
9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:00 EST
http://www.debbiedadey.com
 
Cynthia Platt
Tiger Tales
Elementary
10am-1pm EST
http://scribblingintheattic.com
 
Frané  Lessac
Candlewick/Holiday House/Lee and Low
Elementary/Middle School
Author’s time zone: Australia +8 GMT
10:30- 11:00am EST
http://www.franelessac.com
 
Roni Schotter
Scholastic/Random House/Dial
Elementary (2nd-3rd)
11-2 EST
http://www.ronischotter.com
 
Melinda Szymanik
Scholastic NZ + others
Elementary/Middle
Flexible Times (author is in NZ)
http://www.melindaszmanik.com
 
Hazel Edwards
Penguin
Elementary
Flexible times (author in Australia)
http://www.hazeledwards.com
 
Susan Brocker
HarperCollins NZ
Middle School
Various times – New Zealand Standard time
http://www.susanbrocker.com
 
Meg McKinlay
Candlewick
Elementary/Middle
9-12 EST (Author is in Australia)
http://www.megmckinlay.com
 
Alexa Moses
HarperCollins Australia
Middle School
9:30-2:30 AEST
7:30-11pm EST
http://www.alexamoses.com
 
Juliet MacIver
Scholastic NZ/Walker & HarperCollins Australia
Elementary School
2pm-4pm EST (Author is GST +13)
 http://www.facebook.com/juliette.maciver?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Juliette-MacIver-Author/509684365718086?fref=ts kjmac@clear.net.nz
 
Eileen Rosenthal
Atheneum
Pre-K – K
2pm-5pm EST
http://www.eileenrosenthal.com
 
Jamie Michalak
Candlewick
Elementary
10-2 EST
http://www.jamiemichalak.com
 
D. Dina Friedman
Simon & Schuster
Middle School
11-3 EST
http://www.ddinafriedman.com
 
Kate Feiffer
Simon & Schuster
K-5
Daytime hours EST
http://www.katefeiffer.com
 
Steve Ince
Game Writer
Ages 9-12
2pm-4pm GMT (Author lives in the UK)
http://www.steve-ince.co.uk
 
Rebecca Rupp
Candlewick
Elementary/Middle
8am-2pm EST
rebeccarupp@gmail.com
 
Bobbie Pyron 
Westside Books, HarperCollins, Scholastic
Elementary, grades 3-6
11:00-1:00 Mountain Time
http://www.bobbiepyron.com

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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