A number of publisher partners have provided information and best practices for booksellers to follow when hosting story times and related digital events:
Abrams is allowing for remote story times as follows: note at the beginning of the video that you are reading with permission of Abrams Children’s Books, as well as its title, author, and illustrator; when posting a video through Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc., the content should come down after the story time; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, store, city, state, the title and author/illustrator of the book(s) as well as a follow-up email with a link to your video.
Blue Manatee Press has given bookstores full permission to use its books for virtual story times (no asking needed).
Candlewick has launched the Where’s Waldo? At Home web portal that features activities for quarantining families and assets for retailers, including downloadable activity sheets, book information and videos, and a social media campaign using the hashtag #FindWaldoatHome.
Highlights for Children has launched Highlights @ Home, a new free service that delivers themed content bundles twice a week, including stories, puzzles, videos, games, physical activities, and more.
Peachtree Publishing Company Inc. has launched its Remote Learning Resources Hub, a one-stop-shop for educators, librarians, booksellers, and parents seeking free downloadable resources for learning and fun.
Penguin Random House is permitting booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events according to these guidelines.
The Quarto Group issued online reading guidelines as follows: Mention at the beginning of your video that you are using the book with permission from The Quarto Group; authors and illustrators are welcome to read their own books or share projects from their books, and we encourage you to collaborate with and tag your author/illustrator counterpart when possible; limit readings to media that is posted for a limited time, such as Instagram or Facebook live, Instagram stories, Snapchat, etc. If sharing to IGTV, please archive or remove after 15 days; do not archive or save complete readings to more permanent channels like YouTube; tag Quarto in any posts so that we can share your posts as well; make purchase links available via swipe up or in your bio/linktree, etc.; send your name, school/organization, city, state, and the title, author, and illustrator of the book you intend to read online to email@example.com.
Simon & Schuster is providing reading group and teaching guides, authors studies, and more at The Book Pantry. Simon & Schuster is permitting booksellers to conduct livestreams, and post readings of Simon & Schuster children’s books for customers, subject to the terms and conditions posted on the Simon & Schuster website.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
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