Online reading and COVID-19: the low down
*UPDATED: see below for extended video permissions.*
Calling all teachers, librarians and childcare professionals!
We've been really moved by the amount of requests we've received from people (mainly teachers!) across the country that are asking if it's okay to keep reading our books online to their class while we're living in this new, strange world.
In short: YES! These times are challenging, and we're particularly sensitive to the needs of children to continue their learning and to reap the many benefits that good literature brings them. But, there are a few things we need you to do to ensure that this is done in a way that allows us to continue making great books in the future!
We want to support you in your efforts, and ask that if you choose to read your book online to your students you follow these guidelines:
- At the beginning of your video, please state that you are presenting your reading 'with permission from Chicken House.'
- You post your reading through your school's platform or another closed group or platform with limited access for your students. Should this not be possible please let us know.
- Since we view this as a way to compensate for the closure of schools, please delete your video or disable access no later than 5pm 30th August 2020.
If you are happy to agree to the above terms please let us know, confirming the title of the book you wish to read online together with the name of the author and illustrator, by contacting email@example.com. By posting a reading, you are agreeing to abide by the above terms.
We've also got heaps of educational resources in our dedicated Schools' Hub - take a look, and you might just find some ready-made activities relating to the book you and your class are sharing!
Thanks for taking the time to read this update. Here's to staying happy and healthy!