SCHOOL AUTHOR TALK PROGRAM

Ignite Every Student's Passion for Reading and Writing with Monthly Bestselling Author Visits

Many schools struggle to afford the high speaking fees of bestselling children's book authors, which limits students' access to these impactful literacy events. BookBreak was launched with a mission to change that.

With over 1,500 partner schools and counting, our goal is to embed author talks as an integrated component of student learning. We believe that students engaging with inspiring authors can ignite enthusiasm for reading, spark a passion for writing, and help the literacy of even the most reluctant readers.

By pooling the resources of thousands of schools into our author talk program, we're breaking down barriers and expanding access to these transformative experiences.

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How It Works: K-5 and 6-8 Programs

BookBreak is a platform created and developed by the industry-leading Library Speakers Consortium, which has many years of experience working with authors and publishers in delivering amazing online programs.

BookBreak brings 2-4 bestselling elementary and middle school authors to schools each month via live stream. Events are geared toward specific grade cohorts such as K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. Each grade level has the opportunity to hear from an age-appropriate author at least once per month throughout the school year. Recordings of the talks are also available on our platform.

The live events are 10-15 minutes long for elementary school and 15 to 25 minutes long for middle school. They are designed as a short “brain break” for teachers or librarians to share with their classes and there is also the opportunity for student Q & A.

We are highly committed to offering a diverse mix of perspectives and will ensure that half or more of the featured authors will be women and/or represent a multi-cultural background.

BookBreak supports student interest in reading and writing with monthly bestselling author talks and comprehensive planning resources, seamlessly integrating with teacher curricula and reinforcing the library's value as a collaborative learning space.

Livestream

1500+

SCHOOLS

40+

AUTHORS PER YEAR

800K+

STUDENT VIEWS


THE SPEAKERS

Authors and Creators

We're proud to bring world-renowned authors (just to mention a few) who will be participating with elementary schools for the 2023-2024 school year including Kate DiCamillo, Jeff Kinney, Dan Santat, Kate Messner, Matt de la Peña, Shannon Hale, and LeUyen Pham. And, for the middle school program we have highly acclaimed authors that include Lois Lowry, Jerry Craft, Alan Gratz, Sharon Draper, Steve Sheinkin and Tamora Pierce. Please request a demo for the latest list of upcoming authors.

Don’t Take Our Word For It

Listen to what our educators say about the impact of author talks.

"BookBreak is the best digital tool in my toolbox! Through these monthly livestream presentations, I can easily connect my teachers and students with the authors and illustrators they already love... the presentations spark interest in books and increase our circulation statistics."

Fran Woodruff, MLIS
Librarian
Edgewood Elementary School
Homewood City Schools, AL

"BookBreak has been a great addition to our curriculum because it aligns with our district plan of increasing equity, access, and engagement for all our learners... It offers authentic author talks to our most promising readers and the authors look like our students!"

Magaly Rodriguez Ronan, M.Ed
Director of Equity, Curriculum & Instruction
Westford Public Schools, MA

"Students are feeling connections and they understand the values, characters, or themes of a literary work, which helps them to understand the author and processes of becoming an author. These BookBreaks have developed and enriched my students' love of reading."

Blanca Godinez
4th Grade Dual Immersion Teacher
Hamilton Elementary
Hamilton Unified School District, CA

"Our staff and students have been thoroughly enjoying the BookBreak virtual author/illustrator talks this school year because they promote the love of reading, writing, and illustrating in a very unique and personal way!"

Lisa Peña
Librarian
Los Reyes Elementary
Northside ISD, TX

"BookBreak has been an incredible addition to my library routine. My students have enjoyed the variety of authors, and the fifteen-minute chats are just about perfect for their attention spans. Thank you, BookBreak, for coming up with such a fabulous program to connect our kids with authors and illustrators in a more personal way!"

Stephanie Cecil
PreK-6 Librarian
Shadow Hills Elementary
Boise, Idaho

"With short, engaging sessions, BookBreak is so easy to fit into our busy classroom schedule... The students love to hear what each author is 'cooking' up next!"

Dr. Shannon Hattyar
4th/5th Grade Teacher
Willow Elementary
Napa, CA

"One third grade teacher recently told me, "Hearing from real authors about the importance of reading is such a strong message to our students." BookBreak has been a fantastic addition to our literacy toolbox!"

Jen McCann
Librarian
McKenney-Harrison Elementary School
Dekalb County Central United School District, IN

"Our students have thoroughly enjoyed the book talks and hearing about the authors’ perspectives... This program enriches our student's experiences with literature."

Tiffany Tull
Teacher Librarian
College Station Elementary
Little Rock, AR
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Additional features of the program include:

Additional 2-to-5-minute videos on specific curriculum topics such as social and emotional learning, writing process, research, and information literacy.
Short "Will You Read It" videos from authors that include a read aloud to get middle schoolers excited to read new books.
Recordings of live events available for future lessons.
Resources for educators to incorporate before and after each talk including printables and classroom activities.
The schedule of author talks will be available at least three months in advance for curriculum mapping and planning purposes.
Many authors will present two live talks during the school day (e.g., 12 and 1:30 PM) for even more flexibility and to easily fit into the learning day.
Ability to screen events in individual classrooms so there is no need to gather together in a central location.
Microsites that are customized to display individual school’s logos and colors.
Detailed analytics of registration, live views, and archive views.
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SUPPORTING HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS

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As part of our vision to provide author access, develop every student's love for books, and to support reading and literacy for all communities, every school that joins the BookBreak program will allow us to give a high-poverty school free access to the program. High-poverty schools are those where 80% or more of students come from low income families.

The signup form to join the program for high-poverty schools for the 24'-25' school year will be available in January 2024.

About Us

BookBreak is a company that grew out of the demand for ways that K-12 students could connect with the authors they love and discover new authors to excite them about reading and writing. When our sister company, Library Speakers Consortium, was founded in 2022, many public librarians requested children’s authors and illustrators as well. After much research, we realized that the best way to connect students with authors was during the school day. BookBreak Elementary launched in September 2023, with 1500+ subscribing schools in 47 states. BookBreak Middle is on track to begin in September 2024. BookBreak High School is in the planning stages and will round out the BookBreak program in September 2025. We are a division of Professional Book Club Guru and partner closely with Library Speakers Consortium for public library author talk programs.

Meet our dedicated team below, boasting over 75 years of collective teaching experience. We’re not just passionate about reading; we’re seasoned teachers and librarians crafting experiences and resources that resonate with educators’ and students’ needs.

Anh Vo
Operations Specialist
Becky Brent
Partnerships Manager
Chris Williams
Co-Founder and CFO
Frederick Coleman
Operations Associate
Hannah Meyers
Sales Specialist
Jazmin Castillo
Author Talk Host & Program Coordinator
Kaylyn Farneth
Author Talk Host & Program Coordinator
Kendra Dixon
School & District Success Manager
Kyra Schwalm
Operations Associate
Leigh Mikovch
Partnerships Manager
Yapha Mason
BookBreak Operations Manager
Zach Rubin
Co-Founder and CEO

Love From Our Teachers

We love our educators and they love us! Here’s what some of them have to say about what we do and the impact on students.

“BookBreak has been amazing for my students. How could we have access to so many wonderful writers if it wasn't for this wonderful program? Every time I have shared the visit with my students, I had to do a lottery drawing with the students' names to figure out who would borrow the author's book first!”
Claire Quesnel-Oueini
Library Technician
Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary
Mountain View Whisman School District, CA
“The BookBreak program has been such a new way to connect our readers with real-life authors in real time! Our students look forward to these each month and are motivated to do activities around them!“
Jennifer Wilkinson
5th Grade Teacher
Manor Hill Elementary
Liberty Public Schools, MO
“BookBreak has been a terrific addition to our school resources. Seeing Jeff Kinney live would have been next to impossible. However, with BookBreak, we were able to see him speak and draw live!”
Michelle Gunning
Librarian
Pine Crest School, FL
“BookBreak is an incredible opportunity for my students to access their favorite authors in our very own classroom! They get so excited to learn about the process of writing a book and we look forward to these BookBreaks so much. As a teacher, I appreciate that my students can further develop this love for reading and writing through the voices of authors that they already enjoy.”
Bonnie Mather
Fourth Grade Teacher
Shearer TK-8 School
Napa, CA
“What a treat! Our students are inspired by these authors/illustrators to pursue their writing/drawing endeavors. We so appreciate the effort and organization of the BookBreak team to bring us such quality sessions. We can't wait to see what next year brings!”
Kimberly Bain
Librarian
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
Columbia, SC
“Students LOVE the author talks on BookBreak... This is such a great opportunity for my students to see and meet authors they would normally never see or meet. Maxson is so very thankful for BookBreak and their AMAZING STAFF!”
Crystal Lara
Library Technician
Maxson Elementary
Mountain View Schools, CA
“My third graders love participating in BookBreak! Hearing from authors they have enjoyed reading is exciting for them. They love listening to the author read a favorite excerpt from the book, and think it's neat to learn where an author gets his/her idea for their book.”
Lana Young
Third Grade Teacher
McKenney-Harrison Elementary
Auburn, IN
“BookBreak has been a wonderful addition to our library program. My students love hearing about each author and being able to relate to them when they share memories from when they were elementary students!”
Renee Gonzales
Library Tech
Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Selma USD, CA

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Request a demo and explore how joining the BookBreak program can increase access to amazing authors for your school community.

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