How to Book Free Author & Illustrator Visits on World Read Aloud Day

Once a year, on World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), the kidlit community offers free, 20-minute virtual visits to schools around the world. Here’s how to schedule a visit from your favorite author or illustrator:

  1. Sign up for Kate Messner’s newsletter. She gathers the names and contact information of all the authors and illustrators who participate in WRAD and sends out a Google Doc to her subscribers sometime in November or December.
  2. As soon as you get that newsletter from Kate, contact the author(s) or illustrator(s) you’re hoping to book. Slots go FAST, so don’t wait!
  3. Log on for your virtual author visit on February 7, 2024 and ENJOY!


Many authors and illustrators who participate in WRAD offer early access to their sign-up sheets to newsletter subscribers. If you have a particular person in mind for WRAD, subscribe to their newsletter list for first dibs!