There’s something magical about hearing authors bring their stories to life. Whether it’s an all-new literary adventure or a cherished tale, read-alouds are a wonderful way to foster a love for books in our homes and classrooms. Many of our favorite writers have created videos and activities on social media to be shared with kids all around the world. We’ve rounded up over 40 of the best virtual author activities below!
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Virtual Author Activities and Read Alouds for Elementary School Kids
These authors offer read alouds of their books or they read books by their favorite authors.
1. Mac Barnett
2. Julia Cook
This bestselling children’s author has a large collection of read aloud videos on her YouTube channel!
Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed sea explorer Jacques Cousteau, and third-generation ocean explorer, took some time to read aloud from his book series, Fabien Cousteau Expeditions, and talk about his work in ocean conservation!
4. James Dean
On his Instagram page, the author shares videos that provide a behind-the-scenes look at story development and illustrations. On his YouTube channel, he also offers read alouds from his Pete the Cat series of books.
Enjoy a reading of Falatko’s book, Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), by Stranger Things actor, David Harbour. This read aloud comes with a teacher’s guide.
6. Thelma Godin
The author has added a collection of videos of herself reading from her picture books on Instagram. You may also learn more about her books on her website.
8. Dan Gutman
9. Bruce Hale
10. Oliver Jeffers
The author created a Stay at Home: Story Time section on his website, where he shares all of the videos from his Instagram Live read alouds.
11. Susan Katz
Award-winning author and illustrator Susan B. Katz reads from her book, The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
12. Melinda Long
Activities and videos from the bestselling author of How I Became a Pirate and other amazing books.
13. Tony Medina
Author Brittany Thurman reads aloud from Medina’s book, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy.
14. Kate Messner
A former classroom teacher, Messner has written more than three dozen books for kids. In addition to this read aloud, she’s put together a library of distance learning resources for students, families, teachers, and librarians.
15. Peter Reynolds
The author, illustrator, and founder of FableVision has created an archive of weekday read-aloud events on Facebook.
17. Heather Shumaker
Author chat for families and for young interested in fiction and how authors write books.
18. David Shannon
19. Tanya Lee Stone
Virtual Author Activities for Middle School
Read alouds and reading activities from favorite authors.
20. Peter Butzl
Darer has created a Home Learning section on her website, which includes resources such as readings, mini-lessons, and prompts to her website.
22. Tony DiTerlizzi
23. Leah Henderson
24. Jeff Kinney
This official PDF teaching guide is a great learning resource for your middle schooler to think about and discuss the beloved Diary of a Wimpy Kid series!
25. Jo Knowles
Watch Knowles read the first chapter of her middle-grade novel, Where the Heart Is, while giving students a fun writing exercise. She’s also created guides for teachers and book groups on her website.
Author of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, Krosoczka has a robust YouTube channel filled with art and illustration tutorials, comic lessons, and more. Be sure to also check out his National Book Award Finalist, Hey Kiddo.
27. Jarrett Lerner
28. Grace Lin
The author and illustrator has taken to YouTube to provide a glimpse into Chinese culture and a guide for drawing Chinese dragons. On her website, you’ll also find fun activities, podcasts, videos for kids, and videos for educators. You can even request a virtual school visit!
You may have to change the season or specific circumstances, but this collection of writing prompts is a great way to help your students build literacy skills while giving them a chance to express themselves.
30. J.K. Rowling
What better series for middle schoolers than the famous Harry Potter books? You probably loved them, and now you have the chance to introduce your students to the Wizarding World. Use this handy discussion guide that covers the first four books to bring an academic approach to your own little wizards’ education.
31. Neal Shusterman
32. Melissa Stewart
The nonfiction science book author has created engaging video mini-lessons, including a similes worksheet, researching skills, and more.
33. Mo Willems
Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo Williams for Lunch Doodles. These videos explore ways of writing and making together while he chats about his characters, Pigeon, Piggie, and Elephant.
Virtual Author Activities for High School & Young Adults
Even more resources for tweens and teens.
34. Tracey Baptiste
The author of The Jumbies series has created videos of mini-lessons on comparative mythology and has added valuable distance learning resources, including downloadables for teachers and parents, to her website.
35. John Green
Are your students fans of the author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns? These discussion questions will help them dig deeper into his works. Green has also co-created Crash Course, a website that provides high-quality educational videos for high school and college-level classes. Students, parents, and teachers alike could be entertained for hours without ever leaving the site!
36. April Henry
Looking for writing prompts? This author has put together a list of prompts to get students thinking outside of the box.
37. Will Hobbs
To go along with his collection of youth novels, Hobbs has created resources and activities for teachers and librarians.
38. Tayari Jones
Want to learn more about writing an etheree (a ten-line poem in which writers add an additional syllable with each line)? Scanlon has a video lesson all about them!
40. Joyce Sidman
41. Angie Thomas
Like these virtual author activities? Looking for more? We have hundreds of online resources here!