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

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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Jacqui Watts

Hi there,

I am from Australia, do the same rules apply to us, my school is using google classrooms.

thank you

Posted : Mar 29, 2020 10:41

June Bischoff

I am in need of distance learning read alouds for the adventures of Tom Sawyer. Is this possible through one of the publishing companies.
Thanks in advance

Posted : Mar 29, 2020 02:13

Kristen Caldwell

Thank you so much for compiling this information! It’s so helpful and saves educators so much time in trying to track down this information!

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 08:29

Nicole Husbands

Chooseco has granted permission to host live streams of reading aloud any of our Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 07:22

Clare Phillips

I am just reading for my students and will not post them anywhere else. I will delete all books by the end of the school year.

Posted : Mar 27, 2020 07:19

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