The author of the month for April is Mem Fox! She is a favorite author of mine and I met her many years ago. The above YouTube clip tells about her and her books. If you click through to YouTube there are several more short clips about her life in Africa with her Missionary parents.
She has a great list here of read-aloud techniques. Here is a link with many activities using Mem Fox books. Her blog is very interesting with great facts about her life.
Her books are fun to read. Here is a list of them, and here is a page of her reading aloud some of them. Lastly, some ideas on Pinterest!