Permission to Read Books Online During the COVID-19 Emergency

We’re hearing from so many of you who want to stay connected with your students, churches, and friends as we all stay home during the COVID-19 emergency. If you’re seeking permission to stream content from my books, please read the guidelines below that have been so generously provided by publishers.


If you are an educator, pastor, church staff, or librarian who would like to read a book online published by Zonderkidz, including The Jesus Storybook Bible, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, Found, Loved, and other Zonderkidz titles:

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is granting permission to educators, pastors, church staff, and librarians to read Zonderkidz titles online, on video, through December 31, 2020. These virtual readings may be streamed live via digital platforms, or if recorded, posted to closed educational platforms. If a closed platform is unavailable, recorded videos of readings may be uploaded to YouTube as long as they are marked “Unlisted.” We ask that any educators or librarians performing or posting readings please do the following, as conditions of this grant of permission: 

— At the beginning of the reading, state it is “with permission of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.” 

— Send their name, school or library, city and state, and the title and author/illustrator of the book they intend to read online to [email protected]

— Delete uploaded or archived videos or, in the event the applicable platform does not permit deletion, disable access to uploaded videos, by the end of the local school year. 

This permission grant is to best serve the community of readers out there who need us right now. 


If you would like to stream videos on a livestream from The Jesus Storybook Bible DVDs:

  • You  may livestream select Jesus Storybook Bible videos that are available on the Zondervan YouTube channel without seeking any additional permission from us, provided they are playing the video directly from YouTube and not downloading it to their server.
  • Churches may stream the Jesus Storybook Bible videos directly from StudyGateway https://www.studygateway.com/

If you are looking to electronically distribute Zonderkidz materials, including The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum,  or stream materials in any way other than listed above:

Please submit your request through the online permissions form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/HarperCollinsChristianPublishing/PermissionsForm 

Kindly note that HarperCollins Christian Publishing is experiencing a very high volume of requests; however, they are striving to answer these as soon as possible in the order they are received.


If you would like to read a book online that has been published by a company other than HarperCollins Christian Publishing/Zonderkidz, such as Random House, Schwartz & Wade, Candlewick Press, or others:

Please visit the website of the publisher for the most up-to-date guidance on permissions. You may need to submit a permissions request in order to post a reading online.


If you would like to stream Stay-at-Home Story Time with Sally Lloyd-Jones:

The best way to do this is to share a link directly to her Instagram (www.instagram.com/sallylloydjones) or by sharing your screen as you stream the videos directly from her Instagram page. At this time we cannot email video files for people to share.


If you’ve reviewed this page and still have questions:

Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] Kindly note that we’re experiencing a very high volume of requests and are answering emails as quickly as we can. 


THANK YOU for all you’re doing to share stories with children (and their grown-ups) as we weather this storm together.