Read Aloud Canadian Books Program

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.

The usage guidelines, which are valid until December 31, 2020, are posted here

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 November 17, 2020).

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, the Program allows a temporary waiver of licence fees under your organization’s licence to read all or part of select in-print books from participating publishers and authors, and to post 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.

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.

Read Aloud Canadian Books Program Usage Form

If you are a teacher or librarian at an Access Copyright licensed K-12 or independent school, or licensed public library, 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.

The Program allows a temporary waiver of licence fees from July 1 to December 31, 2020 under your organization’s Access Copyright licence to read all or part of select in-print books from participating publishers and authors, and the posting of the video recording online.

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

If you are unsure whether your school or library is licensed by Access Copyright, please contact our Permission department directly at permissions@accesscopyright.ca. Please do not complete the below form.