Read Aloud Canadian Books Program

As we collectively grapple with school closings and the shift to online learning, we want to help ensure educators and librarians can confidently bring Canadian stories and literature to students and others during this challenging time.

Many Canadian publishers have received requests from educators and librarians seeking permission to read part of or all of a book and to share a video recording of the reading for “online story-time”.

In response, the Association of Canadian Publishers has formed the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program with Access Copyright.

The usage guidelines are posted here

List of Participating Publishers & Authors

Click here for the current list of participating Read Aloud Canadian Books Program publishers and authors, and the in-print titles that are available for use. (List current as of May 12, 2020).

Planning to use a work covered under the Program for “online story-time”?

The Program will allow, on a temporary basis, a waiver of licence fees related to the reading of all or part of select in-print books from participating publishers and authors, and the posting of the video recording online.

In exchange for the waiver of licence fees, you agree to provide the information requested below. For clarity, you will not be charged any fees by Access Copyright or the Rightsholder in connection with the Read Aloud Canadian Program.

Can’t find the work that you would like to do an “online story-time” for?

Access Copyright’s permissions team can help. Please email us at permissions@accesscopyright.ca and provide the title, publisher and ISBN of the work and we’ll look into obtaining permission from the copyright holder. Please allow two to four business days to process your request.

Please note that public live-streaming of readings is not covered under the Program. If you were wishing to public live-stream a reading, please contact the rightsholders of the work directly to request permission

Are you a publisher or author that would like to offer your work for the Program?

Please contact Access Copyright’s Royalty and Client Services department (affiliates@accesscopyright.ca) to add your participation and to allow, on a temporary basis, a waiver of licence fees related to the reading of all or part of select books and posting of the video recording online.

Posting a Read Aloud Canadian Books Program work online?

Be sure to use #ReadAloudCanadian and tag Access Copyright (@AccessCopyright), the Association of Canadian Publishers (@CdnPublishers) as well as the publisher and author of the work. We would like to track and celebrate online anyone who participates in the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program.

Read Aloud Canadian Books Program Usage Form

Please fill out the below form to provide details on the authorized work you are using under the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program and how it will be shared.

After submitting the form, please contact Access Copyright’s Permissions department directly at permissions@accesscopyright.ca if you have any questions about the Program.

The information provided will be stored and used in strict accordance with Access Copyright’s privacy policy.