With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favorite authors are offering online read alouds and activities on social media. We’ve rounded up some of the best virtual author activities below!
Read-Alouds for Elementary School Kids
These authors are offering read-alouds of their books and books by their favorite authors.
The author will be doing read-alouds on Instagram Live of her book Mae Among the Stars.
The author will be reading a book a day on Instagram Live. It does not appear that he will be adding the videos to his website at this time.
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.
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.
The author will be reading one book every day on Instagram Live. Can’t make it? He’ll also be posting the videos to his website.
A former classroom teacher, Messner has written more than three dozen books for kids. She’s put together a library of distance learning resources for students, families, teachers, and librarians.
Young kids will enjoy this great read-aloud of Where Are My Books? The author also provides a teacher’s guide, drawing demos and shares a crowd-sourced music video based on the book.
Virtual Author Activities for Middle School
Read-alouds and reading activities from favorite authors.
Sarah is adding readings, mini-lessons, and prompts to her page! Follow along and get inspired to get reading and writing.
Listen to a read-aloud of Henderson’s The Magic in Changing Your Stars and then work through the writing challenge (with hints!) listed on author Kate Messner’s site: Who is Ailey Benjamin Lane named after?
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!
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 will be hosting a daily drawing webcast on YouTube at 2 PM EDT. You can also find videos on his website. Be sure to also check out his National Book Award Finalist, Hey Kiddo.
The author behind Enginerds has created some cool worksheets that will be updated every few days to keep kids entertained and engaged. These activities may be a good addition to your distance learning resources.
The author and illustrator has taken to YouTube to provide a glimpse into Chinese culture and a guide for drawing Chinese dragons.
You may have to change the season or specific circumstances, but this collection of writing prompts is a great way to help your student build literacy skills, while giving them a chance to express themselves.
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 children into 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.
The nonfiction science book author has created engaging video mini-lessons including a similes worksheet, researching skills, and more.
Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his lunch doodle! Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to 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.
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.
Fans of the author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns? Here’s a link to some discussion questions surrounding 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!
Looking for writing prompts? This author has put together a list of prompts to get students thinking outside of the box.
To go along with his collection of youth novels, Hobbs has created resources and activities for teachers and librarians.
Check out the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Learning Guide for Silver Sparrow by this NEA creative writing fellow.
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!
Looking for more online resources for learning at home? We’ve built a list with over 80 options here.
Have other virtual author activities to share? Email us at [email protected] with your additions and we will regularly update.