Orca Book Publishers

Read Aloud Canadian Books Program

Permissions and Digital Readings

Hello! Thank you for stopping by. We are thrilled you want to create an online reading of an Orca book and support our authors and illustrators! We want to help you do this while crediting and compensating our creators for their work.

What’s better than a video of an author reading their own book? Many of our authors’ videos can be found below and we will be updating the page as more authors are inspired to do this. If you cannot find your preferred title among these videos, for a limited time we are granting permission to record your own video as part of the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program.

From Access Copyright:

With school closings and the shift to online (learning/classrooms), we want to help ensure educators and librarians can confidently bring Canadian stories and literature to students during this challenging time. Many Canadian publishers have received requests from educators and librarians wishing to be able to read part of or all of a book to students who are now at home and share a video of the reading for “online story-time”. To support these educators and librarians, Access Copyright’s participating publishers have generously waived license fees for selected works to be read online to Canadian students for non-commercial purposes only.

At Orca Book Publishers, we are including all of our titles in the license extension. This means that partial readings of chapters books and novels and full readings of picture books and board books will be allowed at this time.

There are several guidelines for teachers and educators to adhere to, including crediting the book, author and publisher and that all readings must be deleted or disabled no later than June 30, 2020. More information is available and will be regularly updated, here: accesscopyright.ca/read-aloud.

Thank you for your continued diligence in the education of your students and for bringing Orca books into your homes and classrooms!



Orca Author Readings


Click each image to open the author's reading. To learn more or order books, click the title below each video. 



Monique Gray Smith
When We Are Kind



Monique Gray Smith
My Heart Fills with Happiness



Sarah MacNeill
One House



Anita Daher
Racing for Diamonds (Ch 1)



Colin Frizzell
Chill (Ch 1)



Colin Frizzell
Chill (Ch 2-3)



Colin Frizzell
Chill (Ch 4-5)



Colin Frizzell
Chill (Ch 6-7)



Colin Frizzell
Chill (Ch 8)



Mahtab Narsimhan
Genie Meanie (Ch 1)



Monique Gray Smith
You Hold Me Up



Anita Daher
Poachers In the Pingos



Anita Daher
On the Trail of the Bushman



Pat Skene
What a Hippopota-Mess!



Debby Waldman
A Sack Full of Feathers



Rita Feutl
Bike Thief



Kathleen Cherry
Everyday Hero (Ch 1)



Pat Skene
Smiling Jack