Read Aloud Permissions

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Media group is dedicated to supporting our reading community as we navigate this challenging landscape together. We know stories have the power to connect people, bring joy, and create learning moments, and we are inspired in particular by the educators and librarians who are sharing virtual story time and read-aloud opportunities with young people.

To help solve for some of the challenges teachers and librarians are facing due to facility closures and travel restrictions, HMH is granting an open permission to those individuals who would like to use our books to engage their students and community remotely. We are grateful for these talented educators who are keeping children’s spirits up and creating space to celebrate reading during a time of uncertainty.

Our partners at HMH’s K-12 education group are working directly with schools and districts to meet the challenges around delivering curriculum and accessing our programs and resources in a variety of formats and forms to accommodate remote learning. You can learn more about this at

Our titles include books published under the following imprints: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mariner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, Versify and Clarion Books.

As educators and librarians, you may use any HMH title in the following ways until June 30, 2022:

  • Perform a video or audio live-stream read-aloud of any HMH title including through public or private platforms such as offered by Facebook, Zoom, or the like. Video livestreams may include displaying the picture book as part of the reading.
  • Post a video or audio recording of a teacher or librarian reading any HMH title through a private platform. Videos may include a video capture of the picture book as it is being read.
  • If you or your students and patrons do not have ready access to a livestream or private platform, then you may use a public platform like YouTube. Please take the additional step to make the settings non-public (e.g., “private” or “unlisted” so you can share the link with your intended audience).

We would like to hear from you about what titles you have chosen to read using this permission. Please email to tell us which titles and the authors/illustrators. To be clear, if you follow these guidelines, you don’t need to ask for separate written permission from HMH. But if you have questions, you can also direct questions to that email address.

We do ask that after this limited permission expires on June 30, 2022, you delete or disable access to all videos or recordings of HMH titles, including those posted to any public or private platforms.