Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators

In an effort to help educators move to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, children's publishers are changing their policies on copyright infringement.

SLJ will update this as publishers release information.

As educators move to remote learning, many are worrying and wondering about reading books aloud online and possibly violating copyright laws. In response, many children's publishers have temporarily altered policies.

Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Children's Books, Macmillan, Little, Brown Young Readers, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Chronicle Kids, Candlewick, Lee and Low, HMH, Abrams, Holiday House, Disney Publishing, Crabtree Publishing, Lerner, and Peachtree have put out guidelines for use during the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down schools across the country.

Please see the messages from each publisher below.


Disney Publishing Worldwide

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:

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 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 who will evaluate their request.

Thank you for all you are doing.










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Lisa Pagliardi

I'm wondering if you can record the reading by chapters and then email it to families? Can we use Microsoft Teams? Does the relaxation in copyright apply to Canada too?

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 04:56

Jennifer Hiller

Can you tell me if Capstone Press has granted permission for teachers to read stories online to students during this crisis?

Also, Weigl Publishers Inc and Bellwether Media

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 12:34

Caeleste Rindahl Rindahl

can we read Dr. Seuss books?

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 07:43

Ruth Shaw

Just got this link in response to a request for permission to read a book from Orca books

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 05:09

Alejandra Martínez

I must express my deep frustration with your requests. Every publishing company has different guidelines! Trying to provide my students with some kind of a new normal is stressful enough. I just want to read to my students, who look forward to it. Aren’t we doing these authors and illustrators a huge favor by exposing their work to our students? I’m disappointed that teachers have yet another hoop to jump through. Just let us teach, please.

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 03:23

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