Children’s Books Permissions

Content use and reading guidelines for teachers, booksellers, librarians and charities:

During 2021 and while the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives in the UK, we give permission to teachers, librarians, booksellers and charities to live stream or post videos reading any children's books published by Macmillan Children’s Books, including our imprints Campbell Books, Kingfisher and Two Hoots. Your readings are allowed to remain online for 4 months after posting and we reserve the right to request that you take down any reading that does not reflect well on the publishing company or the book. This permission is given on 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, and say the names of the author and illustrator as you begin 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, including if you think you would like to use the illustrations in any way beyond showing the book cover, 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 Unpublished works remain in copyright after the author's death.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.