Scholastic Temporarily Revises Policy for Online Read-Alouds

Scholastic allows teachers to read its books aloud online through June 30.

As educators worry and wonder about reading books aloud online and copyright laws, Scholastic has changed its policy to adapt to the current coronavirus crisis and unprecedented impact on teachers and students. Through June 20, teachers can post readings of Scholastic books online if they follow the guidelines.

Read: Publishers Adapt Policies to Help Educators

Read the entire letter to teachers, and policy guidelines, below.


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Carmen Gott

Belly Breathing
12 days of Kindergarten
A Tree for All
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
Wocket in My Pocket
All by myself

Posted : Apr 14, 2020 03:30

Dr. Thomas Hill

Thank you for this unprecedented opportunity from Scholastic as I teach 6th grade ELA, wondering which platform to use for reading. You addressed my needs and those of my students until this school year or pandemic subsides. Sincerely, Dr. Thomas Mallory Hill

Posted : Apr 11, 2020 04:07

Rebecca Fiske

Looking forward to start reading to my 3,4, and 5 year olds, from my home to theirs.

Posted : Apr 09, 2020 06:16

viorica cebotari

I need permission to read the book Roar by Robert Munsch to my kindergarten classroom in a video in D2Learn.

Posted : Apr 08, 2020 02:40

Laura Ortiz

Permission to read to my 3rd grade students on Dojo:
G. Washington El. School
I Survived The American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis

Posted : Apr 07, 2020 06:10

Lana Rodgers

Thank you for making it possible to share your books with our students.

Posted : Apr 07, 2020 03:28

Amanda Whittington

I am recording myself reading "Round Robin" by Jack Kent for my Elementary students in Dallas, Texas

Posted : Apr 07, 2020 03:03

susan wood

Thanks for all you do. I love using your magazine in my classroom and am thrilled that I am still able to use it in my classroom. Your articles are engaging and informative. We love playing the games, watching the videos, and finding out about cool kids all over the world. Thanks

Posted : Apr 07, 2020 02:46

Maria Johnson

I will be reading aloud some passages from Storyworks and Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen.

Posted : Apr 07, 2020 01:10

Steph Patrick

Thank you for this! Does this apply internationally or just for the USA? I am in Australia.

Posted : Apr 07, 2020 10:12

Tonya Smith

I am reading The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler to K-5 Students in Connelly Springs, NC. Thank you!

Posted : Apr 07, 2020 01:50

lisa mullaney

Will be reading The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown. Oak Pointe Elementary School, Irmo S.C.

Posted : Apr 06, 2020 04:40

Jennifer Trogdon

"There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map!" by Lucille Colandro
I will be reading this story to go along with my sequence of events lesson for my second graders.

Posted : Apr 06, 2020 04:30

Stacey Mundy

I wanted to read “ The great eggscape” By Jory John. I’m from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and would be posting to Google classroom.

Posted : Apr 06, 2020 02:00

Olivia Cushman

I will be reading Moose's Loose Tooth to my 5th grade SPED class via class dojo. We are located at Helen Barrett Montgomery School 50 in the Rochester City School District in New York. Thanks!

Posted : Apr 06, 2020 01:31

Jessica Graham

Hi! I would like to read "Over in the Meadow" by Ezra Jack Keats. It was printed by Four Winds Press, which I understand is a division of Scholastic. Thank you!

Posted : Apr 06, 2020 01:24

Maria Koellner

I am reading "The Good Egg" by Jory John and Pete Oswald. I will post it as an assignment via my google classroom for kindergarten.

Posted : Apr 05, 2020 12:03

John Auler

I am a retired pastor. My wife and I love to read to our grandchildren. I made a video of my dog reading Silly Sally by Audrey Wood. How do I get permission to put it in Facebook?

Posted : Apr 05, 2020 12:00

Nancy Vance

I will be reading the children’s book written by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow called Where’s my Truck to the children in the Head Start Program.

Posted : Apr 05, 2020 02:36

Pam Parrish

I hope to be reading the following books:
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, My New Friend Is ss Much Fun by Mo Willems, The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach, and The Easter Bunny Is Missing by Steve Meztger and Barbara Spurll. I hope to read these next week on my facebook page Parrishs prek classroom. Please let me know if you like it

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 11:03

Amy Ogletree

I will be reading Soft Rain in a closed Facebook page for Myers Elementary in Yukon, OK. I will be reading 2 -3 chapters at a time.

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 09:53

Gayle Ciechanowski

My name is Gayle Ciechanowski. I work for the Storm Lake Community School District in Storm Lake, Iowa. I will be reading Pig the Fibber by Aaron Blabey.

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 09:28

gail Pickens-Barger

I am a yoga teacher at my local Mother's Day Out program. I read books out loud to my students, ages 4-6, and then we act out the characters in the books with yoga poses. I'd like to start a weekly read along, and act out the poses through the Zoom Video conferencing or Facebook Live. I regularly shop at the local Scholastic book fairs to get my books to read to the kids. Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham is one of the kiddos favorites!

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 08:14

Tina McClaflin

I wish to read Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower by Peggy Parish illustrated by Barbara S. Thomas and Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman and make a recording of my reading.
Driswood Elem, Shenandoah Junction, WV grade 2

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 07:13

Jana Ostrowski

I will be continuing my read aloud of The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen to my grade 5 students from Wilder Elementary School in Green Bay, WI.

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 05:31

Marnie Voelzing

Using Google Meets, but just in case it is recorded, I am reading Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins to my Grade 5 students in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 01:12

Dawn Buckus

Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach I hope to reach my students in my district. We are a low-income district and wanted to reach out to students that are in 3rd grade and higher

Posted : Apr 03, 2020 12:28

Sarah Donovan

I will be reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen to a private group in Google Classroom

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 07:14

Erika Lesku Williams

South Fortuna Elem/Walker Elem
Fortuna, Ca

I will be reading 10 minutes till bedtime by Peggy Rathman and Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland to my K kids on my class dojo. Thanks!

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 06:54

Kim Weeks

My name is Kim Weeks at Old Kings Elementary School in Flagler Beach, Florida. I will be reading Duck on a Bike by David Shannon. It will only be posted in a closed forum, Schoology, for the students at our school and I gave credit to Scholastic at beginning of video.

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 05:12

Jody Roberts

I would like to read Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 04:27

angela walker

Thank you for supporting the work we do with our students at this time without infringing on the rights of authors and publishing companies.

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 03:24

Elaine Phillips

Thank you for all the support you are giving teachers and school districts during this difficult time!

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 02:43

Keshia Clarke

Looking for permission to read “If you give a Pig a Pancake” by Laura Numeroff for my grade 1/2’s.

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 02:18

Michele Patterson

I am a School Resource Officer/Police Officer and looking to read several books to stay in touch with the kids on our community. I will be reading live on our Facebook page and will follow all the guidelines listed above. How do I get permission?

Posted : Apr 02, 2020 02:04

Jodi Crichton

Shawnee Elementary
Xenia, Ohio
I hope to post to my schools Facebook page for parents and students to watch while home.

Bear Feels Sick
by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Posted : Apr 01, 2020 07:59

Tammy Thurman

Clifford's Happy Easter, I Knew You Could for my kindergarten class

Posted : Apr 01, 2020 02:09

Linda Denney

I am a Kindergarten teacher and would like permission to read to my students on Dojo:
April Foolishness by Teresa Batemn and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems,
Butterfly House by Eve Bunting, and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.

Posted : Apr 01, 2020 04:44

Leslie Harmon

Stand Back Said the Elephant I'm Going to Sneeze by Patricia Thomas

Posted : Apr 01, 2020 12:04

Ruby Poppe

I am a PreK teacher. I will be reading Franklin's Bad Day on our Class Dojo account.

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 11:41

Joan Colonna

Is there any way I can access the online resources for Scope Magazine. I would be willing to pay for one subscription.

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 11:06

Kim Kelly

Reading National Geographic Kids to my First graders on Zoom. This is a closed group and it will not be posted on the Internet.

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 06:00

Kim Kelly

Reading Fly Guy stories to my First grade class on Zoom

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 05:56

Amanda Whittington

I will be reading Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes for my students

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 05:26

Cheryl Braun

I am reading My first Riddles to my Grade One students. Lethbridge, Canada

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 04:39

Heather Youngblood

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 04:27

Whitney Metcalf

Llama, llama
Mad at Mama

For my second graders

Posted : Mar 31, 2020 12:01

Jennifer Bizon

Mt. Angel, Oregon. We are reading Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan.

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 04:47

Elizabeth Mauri

Below are the books I would like permission to read
Clothesline clues to jobs people do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
A season of sight words collection by Shannon Penney and illustrated by Lynne Avril
Miss Fox’s Class goes green by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Anne Kennedy
Why should I protect nature? By Jen Green
April Foolishness by Teresa Batemn and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake by Micahel B Kaplan and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 03:49

Lily Strack

In my class we were reading the book "The Report Card" before school was closed. I plan to finish reading the last few chapters to my students on our class SeeSaw page.

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 03:37

Christina Soria

I am reading aloud to my students through Class Dojo. The students and their parents love it. This a closed group and is only viewed by my class.

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 02:59

Meg Malone

Hello, does this privilege extend to librarians? I am a Children's Librarian interested in using the Nursery Rhymes Flip Chart. Our patrons would be accessing through a Youtube channel.Thank you!

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 02:18

Billy Willis

Thank you so much for the permission to do red aloud online during the current Corona Virus situation.

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 12:06

Lisa Tamino

Thank you so much for this temporary permission. I am looking for a way to connect with my program’s special needs adults and will be planning life lessons around book themes. This will be done on a closed format and deleted at end of quarantine or when Scholastic Books lifts permissions.

Posted : Mar 30, 2020 02:47

Krystina Kania

I am teacher and I am reading Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes.

Posted : Mar 29, 2020 07:19

Jenn DeRose

Read and Learn Bible
pgs. 415-419; 427-458
For Sunday School

Posted : Mar 29, 2020 05:43

Michelle McNamara

I would like to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to my class. They will access my Youtube recording through Google Classroom.

Posted : Mar 29, 2020 12:32

Emily Cullison

I'm a 5th grade teacher reading Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart through a closed Facebook Group, as well as our Google Meet space.

Posted : Mar 28, 2020 09:46

Marianne Walter

I will be reading “Pete the Cat, scuba-cat”

Posted : Mar 28, 2020 07:59

Elizabeth Fazzio

I realize that this is primarily meant for teachers/librarians, but I'm wondering if it could possibly be extended to "people who just really like reading aloud and want to share during a difficult time"? I would love to post a read-aloud for access by friends and family on my personal Facebook page of Patricia Lee Gauch and Satomi Ichikawa's 'Dance, Tanya'. Thank you!

Posted : Mar 28, 2020 07:10

Jerri Heid

Thank you for your temporary change in policy for our school educators. Does this also apply for public libraries who are trying very hard to keep in touch with our toddlers and preschoolers and there parents for that early literacy development that happens in storytime. Please consider us as well. Thank you!

Posted : Mar 28, 2020 05:33

Cindy Slaughter

I am a youth services provider for the Pasco County Library System in Florida. I would love to read Peanut, by Linas Alsenas for an online storytime. It would be posted to our Facebook page, and I will follow all the guidelines.

Posted : Mar 28, 2020 01:00

Carly Balfour

Thank you Scholastic. I will be reading Potato Pants by Laurie Keller. I am a first grade teacher at Clark Wood Elementary. I will be posting it on our Google Classroom.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 11:38

Rebecca Cervantes

I appreciate the Scholastic's assistance with this. I am so grateful to be able to connect with our students through storytime.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 06:22

Lela Underhill

I am a library media specialist reading, "The Flea's Sneeze", by Lynn Downey to my classes. I co-teach with the classroom teachers and the students access the read aloud through a closed Google Classroom.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 05:10

Lela Underhill

I am a library media specialist reading, "The Flea's Sneeze", by Lynn Downey to my classes. I co-teach with the classroom teachers and the students access the video read aloud through a closed Google Classroom.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 05:08

Holly Darling

I will be reading Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone in blackboard.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 12:36

Nikkko Linn

I will be using Google classroom or flip grid.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 06:16

Nikkko Linn

Thank you sooooooo much!!! This will be one more way I can really stay connected with my students! I hope to read “The Lemonade War” and perhaps “Restart”.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 06:14

Sandra Villarreal

Hi I am a kinder teacher and will be reading hush little polar bear thru google classrooms. Thank you

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 02:35

Isabelle Harley

I am a 3rd grade teacher reading Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone to my class. They access the audio file through a closed Google Classroom.

Posted : Mar 26, 2020 06:57

Audra Lucas

Thank you, Scholastic! I will be reading Mister and Me by Kimberly Willis Holt. I will be using Zoom and will comply with your guidelines.

Posted : Mar 26, 2020 05:29

Patricia Rogers

I would like to read, video and post me reading Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman. The reading will be posted on our school website for our families.

Posted : Mar 26, 2020 02:35

Kathy Robinson

I am a Children's Ministry Director and would like to read Scholastic books during our church's Facebook story hour. CrossRoads Christian Church Danville, IL 61832. The children's Facebook page is closed and nothing can be shared that is posted. I understand teachers can post readings and remove them by a specific date. Is this allowed for churches?

Posted : Mar 25, 2020 09:47

Sarah Grace

I would like to read Restart to my 5th grade students at Little Axe Elementary. The Facebook page is Fantastic in Fifth.

Posted : Mar 25, 2020 07:31

Christine Garrow


I am a public librarian. I consider myself an educator, but I wanted to be sure that the above permission regarding read-alouds would extend to myself. My colleagues and I have plans to stream live storytimes on Zoom, and we would love to use some of your books. Thank you!

Posted : Mar 25, 2020 07:21

Tish Douglas

My name is Tish Douglas. I am a 2nd grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary in Lee's Summit, Mo. I am currently reading Toby's Story, A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron; Illustrations by Richard Crowdrey. My school uses Schoology as our online platform.

Posted : Mar 25, 2020 05:02

Christina Page

I am a CTE instructor for mid level grades - I'll be sifting through the many publications for what may be usable. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

Posted : Mar 24, 2020 04:42

St. Lucie Public Schools is wanting to record stories for our district local TV show (as another means for student without internet or limited devices in a home with multiple children to access educational material). Can we utilize Scholastic stories for this purpose as long as they are no long running beyond the close of the school year? Thanks so much.

Posted : Mar 23, 2020 09:10

Keyona Grinage

Hello & thank you for providing us with the opportunity to read your stories aloud doing this pandemic. I am a first grade teacher at Metompkin Elementary School, located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
The title of the FB Page is "Chat with Miss G: Resources & Support."
Thank you, again!

Posted : Mar 23, 2020 06:00

Kim Royster

I am a music teacher and I already got the video book Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin on Scholastic Bookflix. I was able to use the temporary username and password to bring the link to a Google Doc. Now when I try to copy that link to Seesaw it won't work. I'd really like to do this.

Posted : Mar 23, 2020 12:10

Linda Taft

Thanks so much!

Posted : Mar 21, 2020 10:07

Michelle S.

Hi, I was wondering where I could find this original letter? I would like to send the scholastic link with this information to my administrators. Thank you.

Posted : Mar 21, 2020 09:00

Cathy Mori

Does this apply to librarians as well?

Posted : Mar 21, 2020 07:07

Viola Thompson

I am planning on doing videos through my center’s platform ( Facebook group page- Blooming Littles Share the Journey) I am not sure what books I will be reading yet, Do I need to provide a list first, before I begin reading the books?

Posted : Mar 21, 2020 03:01

Kelli Rapp

Thank you for the continued opportunity to share lovely books with my students.

Posted : Mar 21, 2020 12:56

Cathy Mori

Are librarians included in these online read alouds?

Posted : Mar 21, 2020 12:22

Melissa Wise

Any guidance for public libraries who are governed by municipal bodies with strict rules about records retention? Can we remove the content from user accessible sites by those dates but still keep the recordings for our records? Also this post is specifically for teachers, does it apply to libraries and youth librarians as well?

Posted : Mar 20, 2020 08:39

Rebecca Rose

Thank you! This will help with my science lessons. Thank you again.

Posted : Mar 20, 2020 06:36

Billie Strickland

Thank you for allowing this. I plan reading The Chocolate Touch.

Posted : Mar 20, 2020 01:51

Danielle Hilliard-Fanning

I will be reading aloud "We Are In A Book!" by Mo Willems (thank you so much for giving teachers and others permission to do this!)

Posted : Mar 20, 2020 08:29

Terri Riley

Thank you. I have been looking for a way to continue reading Lawn Boy by Gary Paulson with my students while we participate in the Stick Market Game. We were up to chapter 10 when we left school. Thank you.

Posted : Mar 20, 2020 04:01

anthony gibson

Corduroy book and flash card with different words.

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 11:06

Catherine Hinkle

Do these guidelines apply to librarians as well?

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 10:59

Melissa Chavez-Bottoni

I will love to have more Spanish books. Thanks

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 10:18

Kristine Bowles

I will be reading aloud book 2 People of Sparks from the City of Ember series

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 07:02

Crystal White

I have a book called Jazz on a Saturday Night that says it is published by The Blue Sky Press- An Imprint of Scholastic Inc. Are the imprint companies included in the release?

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 06:37

Thank You!

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 05:14

Mireya Sanchez

Thank you very much.

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 04:47

June Stagliano

I cannot tag you because all my postings to my students are private to them only on Class Dojo. Is that ok?

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 02:44

Amanda Townley

I had no idea of these guidelines and am glad I was informed! I have read a few books and I am wondering how do I know the guidelines about books beyond scholastic? I will be happy to follow these guidelines as I am getting a lot of awesome feedback and able to reach a lot of families and children! Thank you for creating the extended guidelines and I will delete from my page at the end of the school year!

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 02:32

Rekha Auld

There are a few books listed here:

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 11:10

Rachael Walshire

Thank you Scholastic for extending this privilege to us during this difficult time.

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 03:50

Lanetta Lutsch

Thank you

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 12:46

Melissa Eastman

Thank you so much! I am a public school prek teacher. Most of the book I have at home for my own children are from Scholastic book fairs - all of my other books (including a lot of scholastic) are still in my classroom that I can't get - so this is very helpful and I can't wait to start recording! Together we are Stronger!

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 07:13

Gwenn Cichoski

Is there a list of Scholastic books we can read?
Thank you! This will be very helpful!

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 06:43

Penny Howell

Thank You,

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 06:13

Joan Mrzywka

Thank You

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 05:56

L Bowen

Does this include posting read alouds on Facebook as well?

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 03:18

Wanda Rose

I am the Children's Programmer for the Coeburn Community Library, Coeburn, VA. I want to post a read aloud to my children due to cancelation of our programs as part of the Corona Virus Pandemic. I have read the above policy change concerning that. Do you have a list of books from which I may choose? Thank you for your assistance in this. Wanda E. Rose

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 02:12

Pam Hagler

Hi. I also do children's programming at a library and was wondering what if any books I could read in a Facebook group on our library page.

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 09:26

Vivian Rose

I'd like to finish the book, "A Long Way From Chicago" by Richard Peck. We will be using a non-public forum so I cannot attach Scholastic. I really appreciate you allowing us to do this so we can finish the book. From what I read I understand that I am to announce that Scholastic is giving us temporary permission and then I delete the recording before June. Thank you again.

Warm regards

Posted : Mar 19, 2020 01:06

Matt Krueger

Does this apply to public librarians as well?

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 01:08

Khin Phyu

Pls,kindly let me join .

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 12:52

Karen Sterling

Thank you so much. We librarians are trying to support intellectual property rights and support our teachers and students during this challenging time. This is a great help. We appreciate this immensely!

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 12:12

Dawn Fausto

I am a Second Grade teacher in La and would like to ask your permission to read your books on a private webpage for a Little Free Library.

Posted : Mar 18, 2020 03:53

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Thank you so much for doing this. It is a generous move. As a Scholastic author, does this mean that I, too, have permission to read and share my Scholastic picture book? Thank you. Peace, Amy

Posted : Mar 17, 2020 05:25



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