Read Aloud Canadian Books Program

Important changes to the Program from January 1 to June 30, 2021

We are pleased to announce we have extended access to the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program as part of the Access Copyright licence for licensed K-12 and independent schools as well as licensed public libraries.

Access for K-12 and independent schools has been continued until June 30, 2021 and for public libraries until March 31, 2021.

Updated usage requirements for licensed schools and licensed libraries are posted.

Unsure if your school or library is licensed by Access Copyright? Please contact us at permissions@accesscopyright.ca for more information.

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 January 8, 2021).

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

If you are a teacher or librarian at an Access Copyright licensed K-12 or independent school, or licensed public library, under this Program, you are allowed to read all or part of select in-print books from participating publishers and authors, and to post the video recording online for non-commercial purposes and subject to the usage requirements above. K-12 and independent schools have access under their licence until June 30, 2021 with public libraries having access under theirs until March 31, 2021.

For schools, sharing of the video recording of a reading should be limited to one class of students so as to replicate the experience of an educator reading aloud a book in a physical classroom.

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

By making uses of works by participating publishers and authors, you agree to provide the information requested here.

If your school or library is not licensed by Access Copyright, please contact permissions@accesscopyright.ca for more information.

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.

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.