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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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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 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.

Bookbug Bag Books

Scottish Book Trust has secured permission from publishers for books included in the Bookbug Bags and Baby box in 2021, 2022 and 2023 to be used as part of LIVE online Bookbug Sessions by local Bookbug Session Leaders across Scotland.

If you wish to keep these sessions as recordings online, we would need extra permission to do so (unless indicated below):

2021 Books

2022 Books

2023 Books

*Online recording permission expired in December 2022


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.


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 until the end of April 2022.

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

1. Please email Nur nur@nosycrow.com(this will open in a new window) before any recording takes place and outline the following:

2. Readings on public channels, such as Youtube or Facebook (including unlisted videos) must be removed within 24 hours of posting.

You can find Nosy Crow's full Permissions policy here(this will open in a new window)

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.

Penguin including Puffin and Ladybird

Permissions policy

All Penguin books can be used in online Bookbug sessions and the recording can stay online for a maximum of 6 weeks. Please verbally reference the book in the session including the title, author and publisher. If the book is a Puffin or Ladybird book, please state this also and add the Puffin or Ladybird logo as an image on any recordings.

Our recommendations

Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson

A gentle rhyming story perfect for bedtime. Get ready to say goodnight to all your favourite toys – especially Tractor. Gentle illustrations and lovely rhyming text make this a perfect bedtime read.

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

When a dastardly fox tries to snare Rosie the hen, he's thwarted every time. A brilliantly funny, almost wordless picture book that is great for sharing together.


Permissions policy

Scholastic have granted permissions to all libraries for public online readings and request the following when sharing publicly available readings:

The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A thieving rat known for robbing innocent animals of food gets his comeuppance when he stumbles across a clever duck. A hilarious rhyming picture book that wee ones will love.

Found You by Devon Holzwarth

When Sami finds himself in a new, unfamiliar home, he feels scared. That is, until he befriends and helps a little bird, and slowly but surely, Sami starts to make new friends! A lovely story about overcoming loneliness and finding new friendships, featuring gorgeous illustrations.

Simon & Schuster

Permissions policy

Simon & Schuster have granted permission for the use of their books in recorded readings until 31 March 2022.

Be More Bernard by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley

Front cover of "Be More Bernard" by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley

Bernard knows he’s not like the other bunnies. Though he tries to hop and bounce just like them, Bernard is different. But soon enough, Bernard helps to bring the other bunnies’ true selves out, too! This is an adorable picture book that celebrates difference.

The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore

Front cover of "The Runaway Pea" by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore

Dreaming of greater things, one evening at dinnertime a pea decides to make a run for it. Full of madness and mayhem, this hilarious tale is perfect for reading aloud.

Faber and Faber

Permissions policy

Permissions to use Faber and Faber books expired on 30 June 2021 and online material should now be removed. Please contact the publisher directly if you have any queries. Faber also have some free book resources available on their site: faberchildrens.co.uk(this will open in a new window).


Permissions policy

Permissions to use Hachette books expired on 30 June 2021 and online material should now be removed. Please contact the publisher directly if you have any queries.