COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory

Find the latest copyright guidelines and online sharing information from children's book publishers. 

COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory

As more librarians and educators transition to online learning, digital storytimes, and other virtual means of connecting with students and patrons, many publishers are temporarily lifting or adjusting their copyright guidelines and permissions. Many others are offering free resources and tools. 

First reported here at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, many more publishers have reached out to update SLJ with their guidelines. To help you stay abreast of the latest developments, we've added publisher information into this COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory and will continue to update it regularly as we receive new information. 

We encourage librarians and educators who have questions about specific titles to reach out to publishers directly for guidance. 

Publishers and vendors who would like to be added to this directory can contact SLJ

For our latest coverage, visit our dedicated page.


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Sarah Dolley

Is there a similar resource for music that can be used in online programming?

Posted : May 29, 2020 04:11

Tracy Clark

Hello. I am the Children's Librarian in Paris, TX.
I will be creating my own videos with puppets, singing, and stories for online viewing during this spring and summer. I need to know which books and publishers I am allowed to use on my videos and the rules. How do I go about that? I do not see a list provided here.
Thank you,
Tracy Clark
Paris Public Library
Paris, TX

Posted : May 06, 2020 09:50


Are Golden Books allowed to be shown/read for story time?

Posted : May 01, 2020 05:52

sarah coyle

i would like to read “on the way home” by jill murphy, published by ted smart to the children within the multi academy trust and wasn’t sure what i needed to do to gain permission?

Posted : Apr 22, 2020 11:06

Tanya Scott

To whom it may concern,

I would like to read “My Magic Breath” on our non-profit Facebook live video and I am wondering if I have permission to do so during these times? We work with families with children 0-12 years and are trying to find ways to reach our families still. This book is through Harper Collins publishing. Thank you for your time!

Tanya Scott

Posted : Apr 22, 2020 10:49

Chrissy Ewanchuk

I would like to continue reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown with my grade 2-3 class. Can you please let me know if this is possible and how would I do that?

Posted : Apr 22, 2020 04:19

Kelly W

Thank you to all the publishers for allowing this.

Have any of the publishers who only allow live readings for libraries considered allowing their books that are out of print to be read and retained until June? It's not like they're making any profits on those books, and maybe renewed interest through online storytimes could renew interest in publication!

Posted : Apr 22, 2020 12:19

Carole Ann MacDonald

I would like to read the novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH as a voice recording to my students through an online platform called Brightspace. (Ontario Canada). I was wondering if I could get permission to do this. Aladdin Books Macmillan publishing company.

Posted : Apr 21, 2020 08:10

Angela Loverde

My name is Angela Loverde and I am a second grade teacher in Katy, Texas.
I would like to know if I could please have permission to read the book Michael Recycle to my students during on-line distance learning? We are using it for our Earth Day unit.
Angela K. Loverde
Katy ISD
Second Grade Teacher

Posted : Apr 17, 2020 05:29



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