When I taught 5th grade, I read aloud to my students for about 20 minutes a day. We read a variety of author's and books, two of which had a strong impact on the students, those being The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.
I read on Tom's website, that he would Skype with classes. This was an amazing experience for students, they were able to ask questions of Tom and learned how to fold an emergency Yoda. This connection to the author helped inspire several of my students to read the other books in the series, and some of them continue to read them.
Skype is a very powerful tool, one that people are using all over the world to connect classrooms, I highly recommend that everyone try it.