Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2012

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 — but they were great fun.

This year, a number of authors have again volunteered their time to read aloud to classrooms and libraries all over the world. 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 7th.
    • 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 make a note of it here.  (Authors, please let me know that if you can!)

World Read Aloud Day – Skyping Author Volunteers for March 7, 2012

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

Amy Ackley
Viking Juvenile/Penguin USA

Sarah Albee
Simon and Schuster/Random House/Walker-Bloomsbury
MG fiction/PB/MG nonfiction
Lisa Albert
YA – fiction and nonfiction (plus PB and funny MG in-progress)
R.J. Anderson
Carolrhoda Lab (US) / HarperCollins (US/Canada) / Orchard (UK)
upper MG / YA (Ages 10+)
Alex Bledsoe
(Writes for adults but will Skype w/ teens)
Mônica Carnesi
Nancy Paulsen Books
Jennifer Carson
L&L Dreamspell
Stephanie Burgis
Atheneum Books
Loree Griffin Burns
Houghton Mifflin/Henry Holt
MG Nonfiction
Samantha Combs
Astraea Press/Musa Publishing
YA and MG
Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Rising Moon/Cooper Square/Taylor Trade/Rio Chico
Karen Day
Random House
Erin Dealey (Sorry- Erin’s WRAD schedule is full as of 1/30)
Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, Pearson, Unibooks
pb  (plus chapt book, mg, & YA in progress)
Dianne de Las Casas (Sorry – Dianne’s schedule is full as of 2/23)
Pelican Publishing
Amy Feller Dominy
Laura Duksta
Jody Feldman
Alison Ashley Formento
Albert Whitman & Company
Margie Gelbwasser
Donna Gephart (Sorry- Donna’s WRAD schedule is full as of 2/15)
Random House
Linda Gerber
Puffin (Penguin Books for Young Readers)
Terry Golson
Stephanie Greene
Chapter books/MG
Joan Holub
Jacqueline Houtman
Front Street/Boyds Mills Press
Kara Lareau
Harcourt/Roaring Brook
Sarah Darer Littman
Puffin/Scholastic Press
C. Alexander London
Nan Marino
Roaring Brook Press
Peter Marino
Holiday House
Kate Messner ( Sorry…as of 1/15, Kate’s WRAD Skype schedule is full.)
Chronicle Books/Scholastic/Walker-Bloomsbury
PB/Chapter books/MG
Saundra Mitchell
Note: Though Sandra writes for older readers, she says she’ll happily read other people’s picture books to elementary classes, too!
Mike Mullin
Tanglewood Press
Richard Newsome
Walden Pond Press
Ammi-Joan (A. J.) Paquette
J.L. Powers
Cinco Puntos Press
Young Adult Fiction
Sarah Prineas
HarperCollins (US), Quercus (UK, India, Aus)
Middle grade
Kim Purcell
Penguin/Viking Feb 2012
Jenn Reese
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Barb Rosenstock
Lisa Schroeder
Sterling/Aladdin/Simon Pulse
Alan Silberberg
Aladdin/ Hyperion
MG fiction
Ruth Spiro
Linda Urban
Greg van Eekhout
Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA
Middle grade
Padma Venkatraman
Penguin Young Readers Group
Natasha Wing
Holt/Running Kids
PB/Chapter Books
Kathleen Damp Wright
Barbour Books

For authors…

How to be added to this list: 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
PB/Chapter books/MG

For teachers & librarians:

Are you new to Skype?  Wondering how a Skype author visit works?  Click here to read a blog entry about my students’ virtual visit with the fantastic Laurie Halse Anderson. It includes an overview of how a Skype chat with an author might work, as well as tips for teachers, librarians, & book club organizers to help your virtual visit run smoothly.  Check out my SLJ feature, “An Author in Every Classroom: Kids Connecting with Authors via Skype. It’s the next best thing to being there.”

Thanks – and happy reading, everyone!

57 Replies on “Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2012

  1. Hi Kate,
    Once again, I’m amazed at your generosity about putting together an event like this. Since we got to talk with Laurel this fall about Bigger Than a Breadbox, I’d love to have you stop in on this read aloud day.

    If you still have availabilities, let me know. I have 2 language arts classes, but could always work it out with my teaming partner to gather both groups together at same time if it makes it easier for you. Possible times for us:
    11:45 – 12:45, 1:40 – 2:10, 3:10 – 3:50.

    I teach in Dublin, Ohio (EST), and I teach language arts to 5th graders. Once you let me know if this can work, I’ll DM you with skype name and phone number.

    Thanks again for the offer. Happy New Year!

  2. Kate,

    World Read Aloud Day was such a fantastic experience last year! I connected with the most amazing teachers, librarians and students. I’d be delighted to participate again. It will be fun to share a sneak peek of Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen a week before it comes out.

    Here’s the info: Donna Gephart, funny MG fiction for Random House, perfect for upper elementary and middle school.

    Kate, thanks for expanding the reach of World Read Aloud Day by organizing this wonderful opportunity for authors, teachers, librarians and students!

  3. Thanks, Kate, I will pass this on to our school librarian as we haven’t yet skyped with an author and it is about time we did.

  4. Dear Kate,
    How nice of you to do this. I’ve skyped into schools after taking that lovely “class” you gave us at NESCBWI – “Skype me up Scottie” I think you called it and I’d love to be added to your list.
    Thanks very much!

    Padma Venkatraman
    Penguin Young Readers Group

  5. I’d love to participate and read from my debut novel, biographies, or in-progress picture books and middle grade novel. As a library assistant, I’m also interested in scheduling someone! 🙂

    Lisa Albert
    YA – fiction and nonfiction (plus PB and funny MG in-progress)
    @LisaWrites4Kids on Twitter

  6. Hey Kate–
    Jennifer Fosberry of My Name is Not Isabella passed this along to me and I would love to participate! My picture books are I Love You More and You Are a Gift to the World. More information about my school programs is available here though I realize this will be primarily reading. Sounds great! Let me know if you need anything else from me. Have a Bright and Blessed 2012!
    Keep Reading, Keep Shining!

  7. Hi Kate- Just to let you know that my Skype visit has been booked! I’ll be at the La Canada Elementary School in Southern California. If the kids are lucky, it will be snowing here and they’ll get to see a New England winter (my backyard is wired for WiFi, so I can walk around out there with my iPad during the visit. Fun!)
    Terry Golson (author of Tillie Lays an Egg)

  8. Hey Kate,
    I’m a little late to the party, but would love to included on your list. Is it too late? This is such a wonderful idea–I’m just sorry I’m flying so far below the radar that I missed it until now.

  9. Kate,

    I love this idea. Please add my name to your volunteer list.

    Stephanie Greene

    Princess Posey early chapter books (Putnam)
    Owen Foote chapter books (Clarion
    Sophie Hartley midde grade novels (Clarion
    Moose and Hildy early readers (Marshall Cavendish)

  10. Hi Kate,
    After I added myself to the LitWorld guest readers list I forgot to ask you to add me to your list. I hope I’m not too late. Thank you so much for doing this again!
    Jean Reidy
    Bloomsbury and Disney Hyperion
    Picture Books

  11. What a wonderful idea! By any chance, do you have a similar endeavour for authors who write in other languages? I believe all the authors listed write in English. Please correct me if I am wrong 🙂

    1. I do believe all these authors write in English – and while some of our books have been translated, we’re not necessarily fluent in those languages. Perhaps this is something we could work on for next time – I’ll ask the WRAD folks about it. Thanks for raising this issue!