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
10-12 EST
Crissa-Jean Chappell
High School
10am-3pm EST
JoAnn Early Macken
Disney-Hyperion, Candlewick Press, Holiday House
10 a.m.-2 p.m. CST
Laurel Snyder
Random House Books for Young Readers
8 am- 2pm
Erica S. Perl
Random House/Abrams
Elementary/Middle School
9am-12pm EST
Jody Feldman
Elementary/Middle School
8am-5pm CST
Terry Golson
10 to 2 EST
Lynn Plourde
Dutton, S&S, Down East
Elementary EST
9am-noon EST
Alissa Grosso
High School & Middle School
All day – EST
Tricia Springstubb
10-2 EST
Lori Degman
Simon & Schuster
1:00 – 6:00 CST
Karen Day
Random House
Elementary/Middle School
11am-2pm EST 
Donna Gephart
Delacorte Press/Random House
Elementary/Middle School
9am-6pm EST
Sarah Albee
(Numerous publishers)
Elementary/Middle School
10am-3pm EST
Erin Dealey
Atheneum/Sleeping Bear Press
Elementary/Middle School
10am-6pm EST
Sonia Gensler
Middle School/High School
10am-3pm CST
Nikki Loftin
Older Elementary (Third Grade & up)
11am-2pm CST
Linda Joy Singleton
Flexible times PST
Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Elementary Time Zone
10am-4pm EST
Margo Sorenson
Marimba Books/Just Us Books
Elementary K-3
6 AM – 8 AM PST
Irene Latham
Penguin & Macmillan
Elementary/Middle School
9am-1pm CST
Carol Weis
Simon & Schuster
11am-2pm EST
Hillary Homzie
Simon & Schuster
Elementary/Middle School
9 am- 12 am PST
Tami Lewis Brown
Farrar Straus & Giroux
8:30- 2:00 EST
Wendy Kitts
Nimbus Publishing
9 am-7 pm PST
Diane Zahler
Harper Collins
12pm-3pm EST
Monica Carnesi
10 am – 3 pm EST
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic
4th-8th grade
9:00AM-11:00AM EST
Greg R. Fishbone
Lee & Low
Upper Elementary/Middle School
Any time
Natasha Wing
Grosset & Dunlap
9-11 MST
Lizzie K. Foley
Elementary/Middle School
9:30am-2pm EST
 Tanya Lee Stone
Candlewick/Henry Holt/Penguin
Elementary/Middle School/High School
10am-2pm EST
Amy Guglielmo
Pre-school/Elementary (up to 2nd grade)
11am-2pm EST
Leslie Bulion
Elementary/Middle School
2-5pm EST
Mark Jeffrey
Harper Collins
Middle School
Anytime – PST
Dori Hillestad Butler
Albert Whitman/Peachtree/Grosset & Dunlap
Elementary or Middle School
1:00pm-3:00pm CST
Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Rising Moon/Taylor Trade
9am-2pm MST


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

Alison Alison Formento
Albert Whitman & Company
1:00-4:00 pm EST
Debbie Dadey
Simon and Schuster/Scholastic
9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:00 EST
Cynthia Platt
Tiger Tales
10am-1pm EST
Frané  Lessac
Candlewick/Holiday House/Lee and Low
Elementary/Middle School
Author’s time zone: Australia +8 GMT
10:30- 11:00am EST
Roni Schotter
Scholastic/Random House/Dial
Elementary (2nd-3rd)
11-2 EST
Melinda Szymanik
Scholastic NZ + others
Flexible Times (author is in NZ)
Hazel Edwards
Flexible times (author in Australia)
Susan Brocker
HarperCollins NZ
Middle School
Various times – New Zealand Standard time
Meg McKinlay
9-12 EST (Author is in Australia)
Alexa Moses
HarperCollins Australia
Middle School
9:30-2:30 AEST
7:30-11pm EST
Juliet MacIver
Scholastic NZ/Walker & HarperCollins Australia
Elementary School
2pm-4pm EST (Author is GST +13)!/pages/Juliette-MacIver-Author/509684365718086?fref=ts
Eileen Rosenthal
Pre-K – K
2pm-5pm EST
Jamie Michalak
10-2 EST
D. Dina Friedman
Simon & Schuster
Middle School
11-3 EST
Kate Feiffer
Simon & Schuster
Daytime hours EST
Steve Ince
Game Writer
Ages 9-12
2pm-4pm GMT (Author lives in the UK)
Rebecca Rupp
8am-2pm EST
Bobbie Pyron 
Westside Books, HarperCollins, Scholastic
Elementary, grades 3-6
11:00-1:00 Mountain Time

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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