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Online Bookbug Sessions: Book recommendations and publisher permissions

Permissions advice and recommendations for books to include in your online Bookbug Sessions.

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Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, many Bookbug Sessions have been moved online. When sharing books online, it's essential that you have the permission of the publisher, credit the book correctly in the video and also take the film down after the specified date. If you’re looking for inspiration for your online Bookbug sessions, we've collected some of our favourites together with the publisher permissions you need to share them in your session.

If it’s baby books you are after, check out some classics from Child’s Play, or maybe you’ve got some Bookbug bag books stashed away, like the ones from Scholastic or Macmillan. Whatever you decide to choose, please have a quick check of the permissions for each publisher. If you’re in a position to buy, Hive(this will open in a new window) or World of Books(this will open in a new window) have a great selection.

Please note all videos must be available free of charge.


Permissions policy

Bloomsbury requests that all educators, authors, librarians and booksellers notify email childrensmarketing@bloomsbury.com(this will open in a new window) when you post or stream a story time, read-aloud video or live event. Please provide information about the event.

When your event has finished, please immediately delete the link associated with the event and the recording of the event from your account.

Our recommendations

Car Car Truck Jeep by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt

Children will love singing along to the tune of 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' in this simple, bold, and colourful celebration of all things that go.

Hello, World! by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

A fantastic high-contrast board book for little ones. Using simple language, there is a familiar object on every page for babies to identify, with lots of black and white with the occasional colour to help baby's vision.

Child’s Play

Permissions policy

Please state that ‘this picture book has been reproduced with kind permission of Child's Play (International) Ltd.’ and if possible, read out the 'text and illustrations' copyright information listed in the front of the book. After the live feed has ended, please delete the video within 24 hours. Read the full Child’s Play permissions policy(this will open in a new window) online.

Our recommendations

One, two, three… Run! By Carol Thompson

Run, climb, crawl or jump – the children in this playful book love exploring early movement.

The language is full of expression and perfect for reading aloud – and the inclusive illustrations are delightful.

Feeling Great - Just like me! By Jess Stockham

How do you feel? Sleepy, grumpy, or maybe even excited? Explore a range of feelings with the help of animal friends in this sturdy lift-the-flap book.

Perfect for starting conversations with little ones about their own emotions.

Faber and Faber

Permissions policy

Permission is given on the basis that any material posted is done so free of charge. When reading the book online, please hold the book up at the start of the video and end, and note that you’re reading with permission from Faber Children’s. Please mention the title, author and illustrator in both the video and the caption. The videos will need to be taken down by the 30th June 2021, and please notify Faber that you are posting this material: email garights@faber.co.uk(this will open in a new window) and tag @FaberChildrens on social media. Faber also have some free book resources available on their site: faberchildrens.co.uk(this will open in a new window)

Our recommendations

Not Yet Zebra by Lou Kuenzler and Julia Woolf

Playful and full of fun, this is an alphabet book like no other. When Annie decides to paint her animal friends for each letter of the alphabet, Zebra doesn't want to be last and thinks up many ingenious disguises to try and fool Annie into thinking he is a different animal. Woolf’s delightful illustrations thoroughly capture all the animals’ personalities, and Annie’s exasperated attempts to keep Zebra in check. Zebra is an adorable character, both cheeky and charming, and by the end you’ll be rooting for his place in the alphabet to be bumped up!

The Hug by Eoin Mclaughlin and Polly Dunbar

In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony. And that's when they find each other! A beautiful, heart-warming picture book with lots of the universal appeal.


Permissions policy

Readings must be done on a non-commercial basis and read verbatim with no additional content added. Please show the cover of the book, and where possible share on social media and tag Macmillan @MacmillanKidsUK, and please take the recordings down after four months. These permissions are in effect for 2021 until things get back to normal.

Our recommendations

The Something by Rebecca Cobb

When a little boy finds a hole in the back garden, he wonders what could be down there – a fiery dragon? A home for mice? Or maybe even a troll!

This lovely book is beautifully illustrated, and with a simple, easy-to-read story it is a great one for sharing and using your imagination.

Wow! said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

A curious little owl decides to stay awake during the day to see what he's been missing. He's delighted to discover a world of beautiful colours. But when night-time comes around, he realises that the twinkling stars are the most beautiful sight of all. This superbly illustrated book is a lovely way to explore colour.

Nosy Crow

Permissions policy

If you are a teacher or educator begin your video ‘with permission of Nosy Crow Limited’ and send details of your reading to nur@nosycrow.com(this will open in a new window). If you are a librarian or bookseller, please contact nur@nosycrow.com(this will open in a new window) in the first instance.

Our recommendations

The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson and Kate Hindley

This is an opposites book with a difference - can you climb as high as a koala or drink tea like an anteater? All the distinct qualities that make us human are celebrated in this funny and charming picture book. Hindley’s stylish design makes for beautiful pages of illustration that are brimming with detail, and Newson’s simple rhyming text is a joy to read.

There's a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins

Poor Mouse! There's a Bear on Mouse's chair. Mouse goes to great lengths to try to move the bear along, but Bear holds his ground.

Brilliant illustrations, rhyming text and a range of exciting vocabulary make this a hilarious read aloud.


Permissions policy

Announce the title of the book and the name of the author and/or illustrator as part of each video. Email HCG.editorial@hachettechildrens.co.uk(this will open in a new window) with the book (plus ISBN), name and address of library or school, contact information and the video platform used for streaming. Please then delete the video as soon as possible. Read the full Hachette permissions policy (this will open in a new window)online. These permissions are in effect until the end of June 2021.

Our recommendations

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

A timid little mouse would love to be as brave as a lion and have his mighty roar, but is the lion really as brave as everyone thinks? In this delightful retelling of The Lion and The Mouse fable, Rachel Bright weaves a classic tale of adventure and bravery, with lots to talk about around feelings and emotions. Little ones will love the bright illustrations and spotting all their favourite safari creatures.

Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall

Can you move to the beat like the bunnies in the book? Twist and twirl, wiggle and whirl and even shake your tail! But uh-oh! Is that a fox watching? Run bunnies, run! With artwork full of warmth, and bouncy rhyming text, this is a fantastic interactive book for your toddler.