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This guide will provide guidelines and contact information for reading books online.

Instructions

 

Thank you for your interest in reading online to your students.  There are some guidelines that we need to follow when we read to students online.  The first step is to identify the publisher of the book that you would like to read.  You can find publisher information in the first couple of pages of the book or sometimes on the back cover.  Once you know the publisher, look at the list of publishers below.  If you do not see your publisher listed, you cannot read the book online at this time.  If your publisher is listed, carefully read through the instructions given and follow them.  In order to not violate copyright, it is crucial that you follow all of the instructions.

Next, click on the link below and answer the questions in the form.  If you have questions about finding the information asked, please contact Laura Pietsch or Stacy Lickteig.

Abrams

Abrams Children’s Books Temporary Permission

ABRAMS is eager to support and encourage the creative efforts of educators and others who are providing remote learning in this environment. We would be happy if you chose one or more of our books to read online to your students and participants. We ask that you follow these guidelines when doing so:

  • Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission of Abrams Children’s Books, and please note the title, author, and illustrator of the book.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another group or platform with limited access for your students only.
  • Please delete your video or disable access by June 30, 2020.
  • Please send an email to permissions@abramsbooks.com with your name, school, city, state, the title and author/illustrator of the book(s) you would like to read online, as well as a follow-up email with a link to your video once you’ve read it.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above guidelines.

Booksellers and librarians who are doing similar readings and/or live events should also follow the above guidelines.

Albert Whitman

How to share Albert Whitman & Company books with students

 

Right now, the way children read and learn might look a bit different. And teachers, librarians, Authors, Illustrators and parents are swiftly doing what they can to allow kids across the world to continue learning no matter where their classroom may be. At Albert Whitman, we want to help the way we know best: sharing books that matter with the world, because right now the world needs unity (and a good book) more than ever.

Here are our guidelines for reading Albert Whitman & Company books online during this time:

  • Please note at the beginning of your recording that you are reading with permission from Albert Whitman & Company. 
  • Please ensure your recording is available only on closed platforms (e.g., through a password-protected school platform or a private YouTube channel accessible only by students/educators and that the YouTube video must be designated as “Unlisted” (not “Public”) when uploading). For any exception to this please contact marketing@albertwhitman.com for permission.
  • Viewers should not be charged any dollar value to watch/view the reading and all download abilities should be disabled for the video.
  • Please delete or disable access to your recording after June 30, 2020. 
  • We ask that all educators, librarians, authors, illustrators and booksellers please notify us via email (marketing@albertwhitman.com) when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event, providing us with your contact information and the book that is read.
  • By posting any recording, you agree to all terms outlined above. Albert Whitman & Company may adjust these terms in the future, as the situation evolves.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep kids engaged, involved, and inspired!

 Sincerely,

Tom MacDonald

Senior Marketing Manager

Albert Whitman & Company

Candlewick

Here are some guidelines we ask you to follow, and by posting a reading, you are agreeing to these terms:

  • Please note at the beginning of your recording that you are reading with permission from Candlewick Press.  
  • Librarians, teachers, parents, caregivers, and the clergy can, through virtual means, read any Candlewick Press title to their patrons, students, and children. However, these reading cannot be archived or saved. Please post your videos only through your school or group's private platform or within a closed group with access limited to your student/patron community.
  • Teachers, librarians, and those who intend to make recordings, please email your name, city, state, the name of the private, secure platform you will use to share the reading, and the title and author/illustrator of the books you intend to read online to onlinereadings@candlewick.com 
  • If you have already contacted Candlewick permission or this email, we will respond promptly.

Chronicle Books

LIBRARIANS, TEACHERS, AND EDUCATORS can read Chronicle books to students (any students, not just their own) in live or prerecorded videos.

  • In all video recordings (both live and prerecorded), please note that you are reading "with permission from Chronicle Books."

Crabtree

Crabtree Publishing Online/Virtual Read-Aloud Permissions

Temporary Guidelines

Teachers, librarians,home-educators and parents may use any Crabtree Publishing title in a read-along for non-commercial use until June 30, 2020 as follows:

• At the beginning of the recording/live video, please indicate that you are reading with permission from Crabtree Publishing and reference the author.

• Video live streams may include displaying the book as part of the reading.

• Teachers, librarians, parents, caregivers, and clergy are granted permission to read any Crabtree Publishing title to their patrons, students, and children through virtual means(public or private platforms). Refer to conditions of recorded use below.

• Recordings of video or live-stream read-alouds through public or private platforms (ie Facebook Live, Instagram, Zoom, Youtube Live and other such means) are allowed under the condition the recordings of these events are removed from your archives by June 30, 2020.

 

Disney Publishing

The below permission license from DPW is limited to our Disney Press imprint. Mo Willems has granted permission here and Ryan T. Higgins has granted permission here. The copyright for most of our Hyperion titles live with each author, so please check their website and/or social media posts. If you are still not sure about a title, please contact us at the email below.

With the increase in school closures, and many schools transitioning to remote learning, Disney Publishing Worldwide has received numerous requests from teachers across the country asking for permission to post readings of books online for their students to access. We support the efforts of educators and librarians who wish to provide remote learning at this time. Our permission is limited to Disney Press titles. If you are not sure which category a book falls into, please reach out to us at the following address: Dina.Sherman@Disney.com.

We ask that if you read a Disney Press book online for your students that you follow a few short guidelines:

  • Please note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission from Disney Publishing Worldwide, and please note the title of the book.
  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for your students only.
  • Please delete your video or disable access by June 30, 2020.
  • Please send an email to Dina.Sherman@Disney.com with your name, school, city, state, and the title and of the book(s) you read online with a link to your video.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above guidelines.
  • These terms are in effect until June 30, 2020.

Please note that other organizations interested in posting videos of your Disney Press title reading will need to contact Dina.Sherman@Disney.com who will evaluate their request.

Thank you for all you are doing.

HarperCollins

HarperCollins Children's Books ONLINE READING FAQ

If you are an educator or librarian who would like to read a HarperCollins Children’s book online:

We are granting permission to educators and librarians to read HarperCollins Children’s Books titles online, on video, through the end of the school year. These virtual readings may be streamed live via digital platforms, or if recorded, posted to closed educational platforms. If a closed platform is unavailable, recorded videos of readings may be uploaded to YouTube as long as they are marked “Unlisted”. We ask that any educators or librarians performing or posting readings please do the following, as conditions of this grant of permission:

1. At the beginning of the reading, state it is “with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books”.

2. Send their name, school or library, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book they intend to read online to ChildrensPermissions@HARPERCOLLINS.com.

3. Delete uploaded or archived videos or, in the event the applicable platform does not permit deletion, disable access to uploaded videos, by the end of the local school year.

This permission grant is to best serve the community of readers out there who need us right now.

Holiday House

Holiday House Guidelines to Creating Read-Alouds

We are thrilled for you to share our books with young readers, but we do need your help to protect our creators’ copyrights. We can permit the creation of virtual read-alouds at no charge within a closed platform for non-commercial use only, and as long as the video is removed after a limited time (30 days), and you acknowledge the author/artist and Holiday House. We cannot grant permission for these videos to be posted publicly to YouTube at this time.

Holiday House Terms:

  1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading “with permission from Holiday House Publishing.”
  2. Post your reading within a closed platform or group for your members only, not for commercial use.
  3. Please delete your video within thirty (30) days from date of posting.
  4. Send an email to rights@holidayhouse.com with your name, school or library, city and state, the title and author/illustrator of the book you will read online, and what platform you plan to host the reading on.

By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

HMH Read Aloud Permissions

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Media group is dedicated to supporting our reading community as we navigate this challenging landscape together. We know stories have the power to connect people, bring joy, and create learning moments, and we are inspired in particular by the educators and librarians who are sharing virtual story time and read-aloud opportunities with young people.

To help solve for some of the challenges teachers and librarians are facing due to facility closures and travel restrictions, HMH is granting an open permission to those individuals who would like to use our books to engage their students and community remotely. We are grateful for these talented educators who are keeping children’s spirits up and creating space to celebrate reading during a time of uncertainty.

Our partners at HMH’s K-12 education group are working directly with schools and districts to meet the challenges around delivering curriculum and accessing our programs and resources in a variety of formats and forms to accommodate remote learning. You can learn more about this at www.hmhco.com/coronavirus .

Our titles include books published under the following imprints: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mariner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Versify and Clarion Books.

As educators and librarians, you may use any HMH title in the following ways until June 30, 2020:

  • Perform a video or audio live-stream read-aloud of any HMH title including through public or private platforms such as offered by Facebook, Zoom, or the like. Video livestreams may include displaying the picture book as part of the reading.
  • Post a video or audio recording of a teacher or librarian reading any HMH title through a private platform. Videos may include a video capture of the picture book as it is being read.
  • If you or your students and patrons do not have ready access to a livestream or private platform, then you may use a public platform like YouTube. Please take the additional step to make the settings non-public (e.g., “private” or “unlisted” so you can share the link with your intended audience).

Lee & Low

During this critical time, we realize the absolute importance of continued learning in ways that do not put our students at risk. Normally there are companies licensed to professionally produce audio and video recordings of our titles; under the current circumstances, time does not permit professional production to take place.

For this reason, Lee & Low is granting permission to allow educators to do a virtual recording or videotaping of our titles for non-commercial purposes only. Here are our guidelines for reading Lee & Low titles online during this time:

• Please note at the beginning of your recording that you are reading with permission from Lee & Low Books. 

• Recordings should only be posted/shared on closed platforms such as a private YouTube channel or password-protected school platform. 

• Story time or read-aloud events featuring our books may be streamed live through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Live. However, please make sure recordings of these events do not remain in your archives for more than 24 hours after the event has concluded. 

• Please tag @LEEandLOW when discussing any recordings featuring our books on social media 

• Reporting: Please use this form to notify us when you post a stream or recording using our books. 

By posting a reading, you agree to the above terms which are in effect until June 30, 2020. For any additional questions, please email hehrlich[at]leeandlow.com

Lerner

 

Lerner is committed to our authors and illustrators as well as the readers who enjoy their books. We want to help protect the hard work and creativity of our contributors while supporting schools and libraries in this difficult time.

To that end, we are granting a temporary license to educators and librarians who would like to use our books to support their students and patrons via distance learning and remote access with the following stipulations:

· A one-time, non-dramatic reading of the book, for educational and non-commercial purposes only

· The reading shall not be publicly shared/broadcast on Youtube/Facebook or other social media platforms, unless posted “Unlisted” (not “Public”), and shall not be used as a means to generate income via advertising or any other fee

· The reading shall be removed from all formats, including live videos that have been archived, by June 30, 2020

· Please begin the video or recording with a statement that you are reading with permission of Lerner Publishing Group

· The following imprints are covered by this agreement: Carolrhoda Books, Carolrhoda Lab, Darby Creek, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions, Graphic Universe, Kar-Ben Publishing, Lerner Classroom, Lerner Digital, Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press, Twenty-First Century Books, Zest Books. Imprints or publishers listed in our catalog but not listed above are NOT COVERED by this license and permission must be sought directly.

· With all readings, you must include the following notice: Displayed with the permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. “Title” by Author, illustrated by Illustrator. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Please email permissions@lernerbooks.com with any questions.

Little, Brown Books

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

With the rapid increase of school closures and many schools transitioning to remote learning, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has received numerous requests from teachers across the country asking for permission to post readings of books online for their students to access. We are in awe of your efforts to adapt to the changing needs of your students, and we want to support you. We ask that if you read an LBYR book online to your students that you follow a few short guidelines:

· Please note at the onset of the video that you are reading with permission from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

· Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for only your students.

· Please delete your video or disable access within 30 days.

· Please send your name, school, city, and state, as well as the title and author/illustrator of the book(s)you intend to read online to childrenspublicity@hbgusa.com .

· By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

Please tag our social media handles in any posts affiliated with your readings—we’d love to see them!

Thank you for all of your incredible work to support students and families during an uncertain time.

Macmillan

Macmillan Content Use Guidelines for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

With many schools around the country closed, and more closing daily, Macmillan wants to support teachers, librarians and parents as they work to keep their students and children engaged with reading and learning via virtual classrooms and other forms of remote learning.

Using Our Content in Media

During this emergency and when their schools are closed, we have no objection to (1) teachers and librarians live streaming or posting videos reading our children’s books to their students, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis, and (2) authors live streaming or posting videos reading their children’s books, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis.

Reporting

We ask that all educators, librarians and booksellers please notify us via email (addressed to press.inquiries@macmillan.com ) when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event, providing the following information:

  • Name and address of the library, school, or store
  • Title, author and ISBN of the book that is read
  • Contact information for the individual responsible for the reading
  • The educational or social media platform on which the video or live event is posted or held and a link to that video or live event

Peachtree

We would be happy to allow you to read our titles to your library members, but we do need your help to protect our creators’ copyrights. We ask you to follow these guidelines:
 
  • At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading the title “with permission from Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc.”
  • Please post your reading within a closed platform or group for your members only.
  • Please delete your video by the end of this current school year, no later than June 30, 2020.
  • Please reply to permission@peachtree-online.com with your name, school, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you will read online.
  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events

For Teachers and Educators providing distance learning to students in a virtual classroom setting:

  • Story time or classroom read-aloud videos in which a Penguin Random House book is read aloud and the book is displayed (for picture books) may be created and posted to closed educational platforms such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo and Discovery Education, in order to replicate the read-aloud book experience that would otherwise be available to educators in the classroom.
  • If a Teacher or Educator plans to share a story time video by recording a video, uploading it to a YouTube channel, and posting a link to that YouTube video inside a closed educational platform, that YouTube video must be designated as “Unlisted” (not “Public”) when uploading. See screenshot for how to choose “Unlisted” while uploading on YouTube.
  • These story time and classroom read-aloud videos may be hosted on the educational platform and/or YouTube (as an “Unlisted” file) until the end of the current school year, after which we request that they be removed from the educational platform and/or from YouTube, unless this permission is extended for the next school semester.

Scholastic

Dear Teacher,

These are challenging times for all of us and we are particularly sensitive to the needs of children to continue their learning and to reap the many benefits that literature brings them. We at Scholastic are in full support of providing a wide range of online learning activities for kids during this time of school closures. If you haven’t yet, please check out our Scholastic Learn At Home initiative for educators, administrators, and families.

We have been moved by the numerous requests we’ve received from teachers across the country who are trying to address these needs by posting readings of books online for students to access. We want to support you in your efforts and ask that if you choose to read your book online to your students you follow these guidelines:

1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Scholastic.”

2. Our preference is that you post your reading through your school's platform or another closed group or platform with limited access for your students. However, we recognize this may not be possible, in which case you may post it through a more publicly accessible platform, such as YouTube.

3. Since we view this as a way to compensate for the closure of schools, please delete your video or disable access by the end of this current school year, no later than June 30, 2020.

4. Please reply to tradepublicity@scholastic.com with your name, school, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online. By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

5. Finally, we would love to follow along with your read-aloud, so please tag Scholastic's social media handles in any posts affiliated with it!

Twitter: @Scholastic Instagram: @ScholasticInc Facebook: @Scholastic YouTube: @Scholastic

Thank you for all you are doing to help students and their families through this difficult time.

Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster Online Book Readings – Spring 2020 (COVID-19) Guidelines

Dear Educators, Librarians, and Booksellers:

Simon & Schuster is pleased to provide resources and support as you navigate distance learning and bookselling in the weeks ahead. Please visit The Book Pantry website for reading group and teaching guides, author studies, and more at SimonandSchusterPublishing.com/TheBookPantry 

In addition, we will permit you to livestream and post readings of Simon & Schuster books online for your students and customers, subject to the following. By posting a reading, you are agreeing to these terms:

1. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are reading the book “with permission from Simon & Schuster.”

2. We ask that you post your reading within the confines of your school, library, or store's platform or another closed group with limited access for your students and customers. However, for Ready-to-Reads, picture books, and any other younger formats, if this is not possible, you may post it through a public platform, such as YouTube.

3. For these younger formats, it is fine to read the entire book. For chapter books and novels, the readings should be limited to a few chapters.

4. Since this is a way to deal with the current extraordinary situation, your video should be deleted or access disabled by no later than June 30, 2020.

5. If you are an educator or librarian, email us at Education.Library@SimonandSchuster.com with your name, school, city, and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online and the date. If you are a bookseller, email us at ChildrensPublicity@SimonandSchuster.com with your name, store, location, and the title and author/illustrator of the book you intend to read online and the date.

6. Finally, we would love to follow along with your read-aloud, so educators and librarians, please tag Simon & Schuster Education & Library’s social media in your posts!

Twitter: @SSEdLib

Instagram: @SSEdLib 

Facebook: @SSEdLib 

And booksellers, please tag Simon & Schuster’s social media in your posts!

Twitter: @SimonKids

Instagram: @SimonKids 

Facebook: @SimonKids 

Many thanks for the work you do every day to share books and the love of reading!

Sincerely,

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

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