Annie Streit on Facebook Live Book Readings


Annie Streit is a local Indianapolis author and advocate for people with disabilities. Annie has been doing live readings of her children’s books to help parents that are homeschooling their children as well as a way for her to continue her reading events that she loves doing. If you want to learn more about Annie, we interviewed her earlier this year here


Tell us about the live readings that you have been doing.

“I have been doing my live readings on Thursdays at 2 PM EST on my Annie’s Author Space Facebook page. They usually last around 20 to 30 minutes. I always start with an introduction to allow time for people to tune in. I read one of my children’s books, and after I finish the story I answer any questions that anyone may have about my books, becoming an author, or even anything about my experiences and navigating life in this wheelchair. I will read the story again at the end of the live stream, just in case some people missed the first reading. During the live stream you will be able to see me, and I also have the words and the illustrations on the screen for people to follow along with if they don’t have the book.”


What inspired you to do the live readings?

“I started my live readings when all of the quarantining began. I had to postpone reading and speaking events, and I was really missing that interaction with people. I am also trying to provide an outlet for parents who have now all of a sudden become homeschooling teachers for their kids.”


How has the response been to them?

“The response has been great! I have read all of my children’s books, and ome of my listeners have requested that I read them again. So, as long as I keep getting requests, I will keep on reading! I have so many people supporting me, and without them I know these readings wouldn’t have reached as many people as they have. I am so extremely grateful for everyone who has shared my posts and tuned in!”


What has surprised you most about doing the live readings?

“I was really surprised that people wanted me to read my books again! I love when I get pictures of kids watching the live stream and following along with the reading.”


What is something positive that has come out of it?

“There are so many positive things that have come from all of this! One is that I have been able to connect with so many people that I may have never met otherwise. I have been having so much fun with all of it!”


When is your next live reading?

“My next live reading will be Thursday at 2PM EST at Annie’s Author Space Facebook page.”


Is there anything else that you would like to share?

“First off, I would like to say thank you to everyone for all of your love and support! This would not be possible without all of you! Also, I have started a raffle each week where you can have an opportunity to win a free signed copy of one of my books. I announce how to enter the raffle during my live reading, and there will also be a post with directions on how to enter the raffle after my live reading.”

Emma Benner

Emma Benner

Social Media Intern

Emma is a graduate student at Purdue University. She has been involved in the special needs community for many years as a coach with Special Olympics Minnesota, and as a personal care assistant/respite sitter. She has worked in media, marketing, and journalism with various organizations. When Emma has some free time, she enjoys riding horses (she grew up doing barrel racing), baking doughnuts and cake pops (yum!), pursuing her new art interest (wood burning, painting, or drawing), or going for a long run in sunny weather (her favorite!).