This is Freedom to Read Week in Canada.
Freedom to Read Week is an annual event “that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
Here is a selective list of some books that have been banned or challenged in Canada.
You can show your support for Freedom to Read Week by popping into your local library:
Borrow a challenged book.
Ask if any books in your library have been challenged – and why.
Start a Banned Book Club.
2 thoughts on “Freedom to Read Week”
That list of banned/challenged books is worrying. I had no idea! Good luck with this, Niall.
Best wishes, Pete.
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Thanks, pete. The full list runs to hundreds of books – to be clear, they are books which have been challenged by patrons in local libraries and parents at school boards, not necessarily banned. That said, if you think Captain Underpants is offensive, and you’re prepared to make a fuss about it, then you probably have too much time on your hands. And it’s rather sad that only a few days after Harper Lee died comes the reminder that To Kill a Mockingbird was challenged only a few years ago – for “politically correct” reasons