Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2018!

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:

 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.


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 1st. 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 personal lives, 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 1,2018

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
9am-11am EST


Tricia Springstubb

Candlewick Press; HarperCollins Balzer & Bray

Younger and older elementary grades

9am -4pm EST


Julie Segal Walters
Simon and Schuster
9:30-11:30 & 1:00-2:30 ET


Anne Marie Pace

Disney-Hyperion, Beach Lane Books, Scholastic, Henry Holt

Elementary (especially primary)

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST


Jody Jensen Shaffer

Laura Godwin/Henry Holt Children’s Books


10-3pm CST


Jarrett Lerner
Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
7 am-10pm EST


Monica Carnesi

Penguin Random House

Early Elementary

9 am – 4 pm EST


Jodi Kendall

HarperCollins Children’s Books

Upper Elementary

8am-12noon EST


Stacy McAnulty

Random House Books for Younger Readers and Henry Holt/Macmillan

Elementary School



Nanci Turner Steveson
Upper Elementary & Middle School
7:30am to 1:00pm Mountain Time


Emma Otheguy

Lee & Low Books


8am-4pm EST


Erin Teagan

American Girl/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Elementary & Middle School

8-5pm EST


Mary Sullivan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
10 am- 3pm CST


Madelyn Rosenberg
Scholastic/Albert Whitman/Holiday House
Elementary/Middle School
8:30 am- 2pm EST


Susan B. Katz

Scholastic/Random House/Barefoot

Lower Elementary

10-2 PST


Lori Richmond
Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and more
9:30 am – 2:00 pm EST


Deborah Freedman

Viking, Atheneum


9 am — 4 pm EST

Please use this form:


Abby Cooper

Sticks & Stones, Bubbles – FSG/Macmillan

Upper Elementary/Middle School

9 – 3 CST


Caroline Starr Rose

Penguin Random House; Albert Whitman

elementary and middle school

10-2 MST


Rebecca Rupp

Candlewick Press


8 AM – 2 PM EST


Marianne Malone

Random House (and Yearling)

Middle Grade

9am-3pm Pacific Standard Time


Mike Mullin

Tanglewood Press

High School

12-6 pm EST


Camille Andros
8 am- 2pm EST


Dianne White

Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

Younger Elementary

7 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST


Beth McMullen

Simon & Schuster

Middle Grade

9:00-3:00 PST


Caela Carter


Middle School or Upper Elementary

All day Eastern Standard Time


Dana Alison Levy

Delacorte Press/Random House

Upper Elementary/Middle School

8:30 am -3:00 pm EST


Jennifer Swanson
National Geographic Kids 
2nd- 8th grade 
9:30 am- 1pm EST 


Carole Estby Dagg

Nancy Paulsen/Penguin Young Readers


8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Home – Carole Estby Dagg


Donna Earnhardt

Flashlight Press


8am – 3pm EST


Larissa Theule

Lerner, Abrams, and Bloomsbury


9 am – 2 pm PST


Kara LaReau

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Candlewick Press, and Abrams Kids


9am to 2:30 pm EST


Carmella Van Vleet

Holiday House / Charlesbridge / Nomad Press


9:00 am -2:30 pm EST


Keely Hutton
Farrar, Straus, Giroux – Macmillan
Middle-High School
8 am- 2pm EST


Jessica Petersen

The Innovation Press


10 am – 2 pm PST


Karen Romano Young
National Geographic Kids/Chronicle

8 am- 3pm EST


Sarah Sullivan

Candlewick Press


8 am – 5 pm EST


Kerri Kokias

Knopf Books for Young Readers


9am-2pm PST


Loree Griffin Burns

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Holt, Lerner

Elementary, Middle

9am to 3:40pm EST


Gaia Cornwall

Candlewick Press
9:30pm- 2:30pm EST


Jenna Grodzicki
Clear Fork Publishing
9am- 3pm EST


Katey Howes

Ripple Grove Press, Sterling Children’s Books


9am-2:30pm EST


Nancy Castaldo

Houghton Mifflin/Random House

Elementary/Middle School

9 am- 2 pm EST


Megan Wagner Lloyd

Knopf Books for Young Readers
10 am- 2pm EST


Jennifer Brown

Little, Brow/Katherine Tegen/Bloomsbury

Middle School or High School



Christina Soontornvat

Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky Kids


9am-2pm CT


Maria Gianferrari

HMH; Roaring Brook Press; Aladdin; Boyds Mills Press; Putnam; Little Bee


10:15-10:45 AM EST; 1:15-4:30 PM


Denis Markell

Delacorte Press
8 am- 3:30pm EST


Lisa Rose

Kar-Ben Publishing


12-3:30 pm EST


Robin Yardi

Arbordale Publishing & Carolrhoda


6 AM – 2 PM Pacific Standard Time


Jennifer Thermes
Abrams Books for Young Readers
10am- 2pm EST


Elana K. Arnold

Harper Collins/Walden Pond Press


8am-2pm PST


Debbi Michiko Florence

Farrar Straus Giroux

Elementary (gr 1- 3)

10 am – 1 pm EST


Kelly Jensen

Algonquin Young Readers

Middle/High School

9 am – noon central time


Kerry O’Malley Cerra
Sky Pony Press
Upper elementary & middle school
8:30 am- 3 pm EST


Laurie Wallmark

Sterling Children’s Books and Creston Books


8am- – 8pm EST


Anica Mrose Rissi

Simon & Schuster BFYR / Disney-Hyperion

Younger Elementary: Grades K-4

10am to 6pm EST


Bree Barton

Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins*

High School

8 am- 5pm PST


A.M. Rose

Entangled Teen

Middle or High School

9am – 3:30pm CST


Allison Singer

DK Publishing


9am-5pm EST


Peter McCleery
HarperCollins Children Books
12pm- 4pm EST


Jody Feldman


Grades 3-7

8:00am – 4:00pm CST


Miriam Busch

Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins


10 am- 2pm CST


Rita Antoinette Borg

Horizon publishers/ Bloomsbury UK


Rome time


Jennifer Hansen Rolli
Penguin Random House 
8 am- 2pm EST


Margaret Dilloway


Elementary/Middle School

7:30 am- 2 pm PST


Kayla Cagan
Chronicle Books
High School
10am PST – 6pm PST


Sarah Aronson

Scholastic Press

8 am- 5pm Central


Jaime Questell
Entangled Teen
High School
8 am- 3pm CST


Sarah Brannen

Albert A. Whitman, Charlesbridge, Scholastic, etc.


10 am – 3 pm EST


Diane Magras

Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin Young Readers


11:00 am – 2:30 pm EST


Carter Higgins
Chronicle Books
8:30 am- 10:30 am PST


Janet Sumner Johnson

Capstone Young Readers


9 am- 2pm MST


Beth Ain

Random House and Scholastic


9 am- 2 pm EST


Sarah Albee

Random House/National Geographic Kids

Elementary/Middle School

9 am- 2pm EST


Steve Swinburne

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


8 am – 2 pm EST


Julia Lynn Rubin

Diversion Books

High School

11 AM – 2PM EST


Mike Grosso

Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Upper Elementary, Middle School

8:00am-3:00pm CST


Rebecca Behrens
Simon & Schuster
Elementary, Middle
10 am – 3 pm EST


M. Romero

Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House

4th and 5th grade, Middle School

8 AM – 2 PM EST


Brenda Rufener

HarperTeen of HarperCollins Publishers

High School

8 AM – 2 PM EST


Laura Murray

GP Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers


9 am-2pm EST


Ronni Arno
Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Late Elementary/Early Middle
9am- 2pm EST


Brian Lies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


9 AM – 2 PM EST


Rebecca Caprara

Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group

Elementary & Middle School

9am-1pm EST


Michelle Cusolito



9 am to 4pm EASTERN Time (With breaks for lunch etc).


Deborah Heiligman
Macmillan Childrens Books/ Two Lions/ National Geographic
Elementary, Middle School, High school
9 am to 3:00 p.m. EST


Nancy Bo Flood

Charlesbridge and Highlights/BoydsMill Press- Wordsong

elementary  & middle school


Mara Rockliff

Candlewick Press


9 am – 4 pm EST


Augusta Scattergood

Scholastic Press

Elementary and Middle School (Gr. 3-7)

9 AM-4 PM


Elly Swartz

Farrar Straus and Giroux – Finding Perfect

Scholastic – Smart Cookie

Upper elementary and middle school

10:30am-3pm EST


Linsey Davis



9am-3pm EST


Melissa Stoller

Clear Fork Publishing


9 am-2 pm EST


Carol Gordon Ekster

Clavis Books

Elementary (K-2)

Available 1:00 p.m.-3:00 EST


Brooks Benjamin

Random House

Upper elementary or middle school

8 am – 5 pm (EST)


Jenn Bishop

Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Gr. 3-7 (Elementary & Middle)

Available 10-4 pm EDT



Trisha Speed Shaskan


Elementary School

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST


Deborah Schaumberg


High School

8 am – 2 pm EST


Hannah Dias

Eifrig Publishing


8am- 2pm CST


Lisa Gammon Olson
Eifrig Publishing
9 am- 2pm CST


Lauren Magaziner

Penguin Books for Young Readers


9 am – 6 pm EST


Elaine Vickers
9:30-10:30 am, 2-3 pm EST


Annie Silvestro

Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Sterling Children’s Books


9am – 2pm EST


Robin Newman 

Creston Books


10 am – 1 pm EST


Hayley Barrett
Candlewick/Holiday House/S&S

8 am-12pm EST


Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

HMH, Scholastic Press

Elementary (K-2)

9 am-11:30 am, EST


Lynn Plourde

Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin

Upper Elementary-Gr. 4-6

8 am – 3 pm EST


Marcie Colleen



10 – 4pm PCT


Shannon Hitchcock


Grade Level 3-7

Hours: 11:00–3:00 EST


Kathleen Burkinshaw

Sky Pony Press

Middle and High school

10am – 3:00pm EST


Constance Lombardo


Upper Elementary

10am – 3pm  EST


Jennifer Wolf Kam

Charlesbridge Publishing

Middle School/High School

8 AM- 3:00 PM, EST


Erin Soderberg Downing
Random House, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, Bloomsbury
Elementary/Middle School
10 am- 3pm CST


Patricia McMahon

Simon and Schuster/Boyds Mills Press/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


9-4 CST


Casey Lyall
Sterling Children’s Books
Elementary/Middle School
9 am- 4pm EST


Nisha Sharma

Crown Books for Young Readers

High School

8am-11am EST


Leah Henderson
Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
Elementary and Middle School
9:30 am – 2 pm EST


Monica Tesler

Simon & Schuster

Elementary, Middle

9 am – 3 pm EST


Rebecca Petruck



8 am – 10p ET


Donna Gephart
Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House
Upper Elementary & Middle School
8:30 am- 3:30pm EST


Miranda Paul

Knopf Children’s (Penguin Random House), Lerner, Macmillan Children’s

9 am-1pm Central (+Willing to schedule early morn/late night for schools overseas)


Lita Judge
Dial/Roaring Brook/Atheneum
12 – 3pm EST


Meg Fleming

Simon & Schuster and little bee books


9:00am- 2:00 PST


Linda Vigen Phillips

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Middle and up

8 am – 2 pm EST


Chana Stiefel

Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)

Early Childhood & Elementary

8:30-10:30 AM EST


Gina Perry
little bee books
Younger Elementary
9am-2pm EST


Lezlie Evans
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Albert Whitman, Disney-Hyperion
Younger Elementary K-3
9:00-5:00 pm EST

Sue Fliess

little bee books, Albert Whitman, Henry Holt


9 am – 3 pm EST or


Judy Dodge Cummings

Nomad Press

Grades 5-7

11-3 Central Time


Hillary Homzie
MIX/Aladdin/Simon & Schuster; Swirl/Sky Pony Press
8 am- 11:30 am PST


Susan Tan

Roaring Brook Press


8am-4pm EST


Andrea Wang

Albert Whitman & Co.

Elementary, Grades K-3

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Mountain Time or contact page at


Bridget Hodder

Macmillan/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Grades 4 – 8

1:00 – 5:00 EST


Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books/Random House
Elementary & Middle (3-8)
9-5 pm EST


E. Conran

Gosling Press, Goosebottom Books

Elementary (4-6)

8am-3pm PST


Shari Green

Pajama Press

upper elementary

9am – 12noon PST


Jill Diamond
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9:30 am – 2:30 pm PST


Karina Yan Glaser

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Elementary and Middle

10am – 2pm EST


Dana Middleton

Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan


9am-3pm PST


S.A. Larsen

Leap Books, LLC & Ellysian Press

Upper Elementary, Middle Grade, & High School)

9am – 2pm EST


Sarah Cannon
Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan
9 am- 3pm EST


Wendy BooydeGraaff

Ripple Grove Press


10 am – 3pm EST


Shelly Becker

Sterling Publishing


10am-3pm EST


Darcey Rosenblatt

Henry Holt/MacMillian

Middle Grade

7am – 2pm PST


Cynthia Reeg

Jolly Fish Press/ North Star Editions


10-2 EST


Matthew Swanson

Macmillan Children’s


9:00am – 3:00pm EST


Jodi McKay

Albert Whitman & Co


9:00-2:00 est


Tricia Clasen

Sky Pony Press

Elementary (4-6th grade)

10-4 Central


Lee Gjertsen Malone

Aladdin/Simon & Schuster

4th through 8th grades

9am – 4pm EST


Rebecca Donnelly
Capstone Young Readers
Middle Grade
9-10 am, noon-3pm EST

Anna Raff

Candlewick Press
9 am – 2 pm EST

Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Litte Somit, Simon & Schuster
9am-2pm eastern
Dianne Salerni
Upper Elementary and Middle School
11 am – 5 pm EST
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
HarperCollins, Scholastic, Seagrass Press
Elementary, Middle
9am – 2pm EST

Debbie Reed Fischer
Delacorte Press/ Penguin Random House
upper elementary/ middle school
8:30 am – 2:00 pm EST

Lilliam Rivera

Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Middle School/High School
9am-3pm PST
Stel Pavlou
Upper Elementary & Middle
10am- 3pm EST
Tara Lazar
S&S/Aladdin, Disney*Hyperion, Random House, Sterling
Available all day; in Eastern Time Zone

Nancy Churnin
Albert Whitman & Company; Creston Books
9 – 11 am CST

Elissa Brent Weissman
Atheneum/Simon & Schuster
9am-2pm EST

Christina Farley
8 am- 12pm EST


Katey Howes
Ripple Grove Press, Sterling Children’s Books, Carolrhoda
Younger Elementary
9am-3pm EST, 7:30-9pm EST

Anika Denise
Abrams, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House
9am-2pm EST
Rob Vlock
Upper Elementary & Middle
11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
Andrea J Loney
Albert Whitman & Company and Lee & Low Books
All Elementary
6 am – 3 pm PST
Veronica Bartles
Harper Collins Balzer & Bray
8 am- 4pm EST
Jennifer Fosberry

Amanda Hosch
Capstone Young Readers/Stone Arch Books
8 am to 2 pm PT
Tracy Marchini
Creative Editions
PreK – Lower Elementary
10 am- 5pm EST

Please use the contact form at:
Michelle Meadows
Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Henry Holt
10 am – 3 pm EST
Karen Leggett Abouraya
Dial Books for Young Readers + Star Walk Kids Media
Older Elementary/Middle School
Available 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Eastern time

Jackie Azúa Kramer

North South Books


9am-2pm EST


Carmela LaVigna Coyle 
Muddy Boots Books 
8 am- 2pm MST 
Caron Levis
FSG/Macmillan; Atheneum/S&S; HMH
12-4   EST
Jane Kohuth
Penguin Random House (Random House Books for Young Readers, Dial)
12 pm – 4:30 pm EST
Leslie Bulion
Peachtree Publishers, Charlesbridge
10:15 am- 7pm EST
Ruth Kirk
Rourke Educational Media
10am-11am EST

Robin Roe

High School 
1pm- 6pm EST


Lindsay Currie
Simon & Schuster
Middle Grade
8 am- 2pm CST 

Annemarie O’Brien
Knopf, PenguinRandom House
10:30a am- 11:30am EST
Lisa Katzenberger
Elementary (PreK-2)
9 am-2pm CST
Dee Leone
Penguin/Sterling Children\’s Books
PreK to Elementary
8:00 – 3:00 PST
 Mark Maciejewski
Simon & Schuster Aladdin
upper elementary-middle school (gr 4-8)
8am-3pm PST
Carol Weston
Sourcebooks / Ava&Pip; Speed of Life
Upper Elementary / Middle School
9 to 3 EST
Cynthia Levinson
Peachtree, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins
Grades 1-12
9-12 CST

Christine Pakkala

Boyds Mills Press
8 am-3 pm EST

Julie Fortenberry

Viking Books for Young Readers
Younger Elementary
8 am- 5pm EST
Maria Ashworth
Clear Fork Publishing
12-4 central time

Supriya Kelkar

Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books
Elementary, Middle School
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST
Beth Ferry
HMH, Chronicle, Candlewick, Knopf
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., EST
Veera Hiranandani
Penguin Random House
older elementary, middle school
9am-2pm EST
Annette Bay Pimentel
Nancy Paulsen Books; Charlesbridge
8 am-4 pm Pacific Time Zone
Miriam Spitzer Franklin
Skypony Press

3rd-6th grade

Available from 12:30-3:00 Eastern Standard


Stephanie Robinson
Delacorte Press
Middle Grade (upper elementary/early middle school
8:30 am – 3:15pm EST


Claire Lordon

Little Bee Books
Penny Parker Klostermann

Random House Books for Young Readers

9-3 CST

Maxine Kaplan

Abrams / Amulet

High School
9:30am – 2:30pm EST

Lorri Horn
Amberjack Publishing
Grade Level: 3-6
Hours: 8AM — 3PM Pacific Time Zone
David Neilsen
Crown Books for Young Readers
Middle Grade
8 am- 3pm EST
I’ll be updating this list once a week or so until WRAD, so if you check back, you may 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

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