Read Aloud and Digital Readings

Hello! Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in creating an online reading of an Orca book. We want to help you do this while also crediting and compensating our creators for their work.

If you would like to make a video recording of yourself reading one of our books, Orca will grant you a license to do so if you meet the guidelines below. Please review these guidelines and click through to complete our Read Aloud Licensing form. After completion, you will receive your license by email. If you have any questions or a licensing request that falls outside the guidelines below, please email

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



A book from Orca Book Publishers may be read online in North America under the following conditions:

  1. You must own a copy of the book you will be reading from.
  2. The recording may be used for educational and non‐commercial purposes only.
  3. At the beginning of the recording, you must credit the author, illustrator and publisher. Please state that you are presenting your reading "with permission from Orca Book Publishers."
  4. Your recording may only be shared through your school or library's password‐protected platform or within a closed group or password‐protected platform. (If this is not possible, you may upload to YouTube only if your video is marked as unlisted.
  5. You must delete your recording or, if your platform does not permit deletion, disable access to the recording by June 30, 2021.
  6. Your recording may not be saved or retained as an archive beyond June 30, 2021.




Orca Author Readings


What's better than a video of an author reading their own book? Some of our authors' videos can be found below and we will update this page as more authors are inspired to make recordings. 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