List of Read Aloud Canadian Books Publishers & Authors

Important changes to the Program from July 1 to December 31, 2020

The Read Aloud Canadian Books Program is available as a complimentary add-on to the Access Copyright licence at licensed K-12 and independent schools, as well as licensed public libraries, from July 1 to December 31, 2020.

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

Below is the current list of publishers and authors participating in the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program. Click on each publisher or author to see the in-print works that they have offered to license under the program.

Educators and librarians at Access Copyright licensed K-12 and independent schools or public libraries can, on a temporary basis in exchange for a waiver of licence fees, read all or part of select in-print books from participating publishers and authors, and post the video recording online from July 1 to December 31, 2020.

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

If you are a teacher or librarian at a licensed K-12 or independent school, or licensed public library, in exchange for the waiver of licence fees, you agree to provide the information requested here. For clarity, you will not be charged any fees by Access Copyright or the Rightsholder in connection with the Read Aloud Canadian Program.

If you are unsure whether your school or library is licensed by Access Copyright, please contact our Permission department directly at

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 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.



Educators and librarians at licensed K-12 and independent schools, and licensed public libraries can read all or part of the books listed above from participating publishers and post the video recording online.

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

With school closings and the shift to online (learning/classrooms), we want to help ensure educators and librarians can confidently bring Canadian stories and literature to students during this challenging time. Many Canadian publishers have received requests from educators and librarians wishing to be able to read part of or all of a book to students who are now at home and share a video of the reading for “online story-time”. To support these educators and librarians, Access Copyright’s participating publishers have generously waived licence fees for the works listed below to be read online to students in K-12 schools and libraries in Canada that are currently paying the Access Copyright Elementary and Secondary School Tariff, 2010-2015 or is otherwise licensed with Access Copyright for non-commercial purposes only. We ask that you follow these guidelines when doing so:

  • At the beginning of the reading, please credit the author, illustrator and publisher. State that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Access Copyright on behalf of the Publisher”. Separate permission from the Publisher is not required.
  • Post your reading through your school’s password-protected platform or within a closed group or password-protected platform. If this is not possible, uploading to YouTube is permitted if videos are marked “Unlisted.”
  • Delete your reading or, if your platform does not permit deletion, disable access to the reading by no later than December 31, 2020. We will assess the need to extend this licence on that date.
  • The reading may not be retained as an archive or saved beyond December 31, 2020.
  • By posting a reading, you agree to abide by the above terms.

Please note that Access Copyright will continuously update the list of available works as publishers opt-in to the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program.

Thank you for all the work you do. Please tag Access Copyright (@AccessCopyright) and the Association of Canadian Publishers (@CdnPublishers) in any Instagram, Twitter or Facebook posts affiliated with your readings so we can see your efforts in action.

If you have any questions, please email Access Copyright at

Last update: November 17, 2020