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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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

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