Reading My Books Online During Social Distancing

Dear Teachers, Librarians, Parents, and All Caregivers


Thank you for your dedication to your students/children. It is essential we keep reading together. This is deeply compassionate. It also promotes reading skills, as well as cognitive and social-emotional development. Remember, the more fun the more learning. 

I would be delighted if you read my books online to your students/children. Here are my basic guidelines: 

1. Show yourself reading the book, not just the book. This is really about you reading to your students. 

2. Give full credit to author, artist, and publisher. 

3. Do not monetize in any way. For example, do not have adds or anything else that is profitable. 

However, I am not the full owner of the copyrights of the books. The artists have also given their permission. And, I work with three publishers who have given their permission based on the guidelines below for each series of books. Please read through the publishers guidelines for each series you wish to read online. 

1. Original four Pete The Cat books written by Eric Litwin in blue. 

2. Groovy Joe books in green. 

3. The Nut Family books in red. 

Be Well, Stay Safe, and Keep Reading! 

Eric Litwin 

1. Original Four Pete the Cat Books by Eric Litwin: 


You are welcome share the original four Pete the Cat books with your students. Be sure to get the kids involved and keep it interactive even if this is being done online. Remember, the more fun and engagement the more learning


Here are Harper Collins official guidelines: 

Dear Educators and Librarians


In this unusual time, we are heartened by the fact that so many people are doing things to try to enrich the community while they are staying home in efforts to slow down the coronavirus. We think this type of content will be valuable not only to the children themselves, but to the parents who are seeking to occupy their children under extreme circumstances.

We are granting permission to educators and librarians to read HarperCollins Children’s Books titles online, on video, through the end of the school year. These virtual readings may be streamed live via digital platforms, or if recorded, posted to closed educational platforms. If a closed platform is unavailable, recorded videos of readings may be uploaded to YouTube as long as they are marked “Unlisted”. We ask that any educators or librarians performing or posting readings please do the following, as conditions of this grant of permission:

  1. At the beginning of the reading, state it is “with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books”.

  2. Send their name, school or library, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book

    they intend to read online to

  3. Delete uploaded or archived videos or, in the event the applicable platform does not permit

    deletion, disable access to uploaded videos, by the December 31st, 2020.

This permission grant is to best serve the community of readers out there who need us right now.


We will be offering this type of content on our own HarperCollins social channels as well.  HarperKids, ShelfStuff, Epic Reads and HarperStacks will all be offering content on a weekly basis. We will be announcing more on that soon.


Best regards,


Suzanne Murphy

President & Publisher




2. Groovy Joe: 


You may share Groovy Joe books with your students. Have fun and give them a chance to get involved even if they are online. Here are the official guidelines from Scholastic to read my Groovy Joe books. 

Guidelines from Scholastic


As COVID-19 continues to impact schools and libraries, we remain sensitive to the needs of children to continue their learning and to reap the many benefits that literature brings them, especially during these challenging times. Only a short while ago, we were hopeful that schools would re-open and students would return to in person learning this Fall.  But we all know too well that this is no longer a certainty and many schools will, at best, have some hybrid form of in-person and remote learning, while some schools may not re-open for in person classes at all.  We continue to marvel at the educators, librarians and others across the country who remain committed to bringing the wonders of reading and literature to students by posting readings of books online for students to access, despite the ongoing challenges COVID-19 has thrown in their path. We want to support these efforts and have decided to reinstate our Read Aloud Permission Policy, which will remain in effect through December 31, 2020.  

Guidelines for Teachers and Educators:

1. We ask that you post your reading through your school's platform or another closed group or platform with limited access for your students, such as your school’s or district’s network, Edmodo, Google Classroom, or similar service. However, we recognize this may not be possible, in which case you may post your video on YouTube, provided the video is posted as “unlisted” (not public) and you only share a link to the video with your students.  Click here for instructions on how to upload a video to YouTube as unlisted.

2. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Scholastic.”

3. Please delete your video or disable access by the end of this current school semester, but no later than December 31, 2020, unless we announce an extension to this policy.

4. Please complete the Permission Form available here.

By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

5. Finally, we would love to follow along with your read-aloud, so please tag Scholastic's social media handles in any posts affiliated with it!

Twitter: @Scholastic
Instagram: @ScholasticInc
Facebook: @Scholastic
YouTube: @Scholastic 


Guidelines for Booksellers and Librarians

1. A live “story time” or other reading event may be livestreamed, in real time, on platforms such as Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, provided they are not retained by the platform after the live event is over.  These platforms automatically archive livestreamed events, so you will have to go in to your account with the platform and delete the video when the live event is over.  For example, click here for instructions on how to delete a “live video” from your YouTube account.

2. At the beginning of your video, please state that you are presenting your reading “with permission from Scholastic.”

3. Please complete the Permission Form available here.

By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.

4. Finally, we would love to keep up with your read-aloud activity, so please tag Scholastic's social media handles in any posts related to your read-alouds!

Twitter: @Scholastic
Instagram: @ScholasticInc
Facebook: @Scholastic
YouTube: @Scholastic 



3. The Nut Family Books

I would love for you to read The Nut Family Books with your students. Have fun and give the children an opportunity to sing and tell the story with you. The more fun and engagement the more learning. Here are the guidelines from Little Brown Books. 

Guidelines from Little Brown Books

With the rapid increase of school closures and many schools transitioning to remote learning, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has received numerous requests from teachers across the country asking for permission to post readings of books online for their students to access. We are in awe of your efforts to adapt to the changing needs of your students, and we want to support you. We ask that if you read an LBYR book online to your students that you follow a few short guidelines:


  • Please note at the onset of the video that you are reading with permission from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

  • Please only post your video through your school’s private platform or through another closed group or platform with limited access for only your students.

  • Please delete your video or disable access within 30 days.

  • Please send your name, school, city, and state, as well as the title and author/illustrator of the book(s) you intend to read online to

  • By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.


Please tag our social media handles in any posts affiliated with your readings—we’d love to see them!

  • Twitter: @lbschool

  • Facebook: @littlebrownschool

  • Instagram: @littlebrownyoungreaders


Thank you for all of your incredible work to support students and families during an uncertain time.

   © 2016 Eric Litwin 

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