Children’s Books Permissions

Pan Macmillan content use and reading guidelines for teachers, booksellers, librarians, charities and families during 2020:

Although nearly all schools are open now, we recognise that we are still far from being in usual circumstances. We want to continue to support teachers, librarians, parents and carers with sharing stories and books, both through virtual settings and in the home. Since March 2020, we have given general permission to teachers, librarians, parents, carers, authors and illustrators to live stream or post videos reading any children's books published by us, and we are now extending this permission to the end of December 2020. This permission is given in the understanding that the readings are done on a non-commercial basis and the books are read verbatim with no additional content added. We would appreciate it if you would show the cover of the book as you start your reading and where possible share on social media and tag us at @MacmillanKidsUK. 

For the use of Macmillan Children’s Books titles in any other way other than verbatim, non-commercial readings, please contact

Children's Books Permissions - General Information

Please check that the book is published by Macmillan Children’s Books or one of our imprints, which are Kingfisher, Two Hoots and Campbell Books 

If a work is out of copyright, you need not seek permission of any kind in order to use it. Here follows guidelines regarding international copyright law, in the UK (and most of Europe): Copyright in works published during the author's lifetime lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years (the end of the year). Unpublished works remain in copyright after the author's death. Any work published posthumously is likely to be in copyright. Copyright in photographs taken before 1 June 1957 expires 50 years from the end of the year in which it was taken, whether or not it was published.

Please be aware that we receive a vast number of permissions requests each week and that it may take a while to get back to you. If you have a query relating to permissions requests for either text or images, please email and give the title, author, ISBN, and, where relevant, the excerpt/image you wish to use, of the book you are enquiring about.