Freedom to Read Week 2018
Date posted: February 26, 2018
It’s Freedom to Read Week from February 25th to March 3rd! Canadians are encouraged to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. The Canadian Charter of Human Rights gives Canadians the right to read, write, and watch content of their choice (within the limits of the law) from a variety of perspectives.
Even though Canadians have this right, every year libraries, schools and bookstores are asked to remove books and other resources from their shelves. You might be surprised at some of the titles that have been challenged. Here are some books that have been both popular and challenged:
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
And here are some quotes from the books. Can you match the quote to its title? Click the quote to find out the book’s title, why it was challenged, and what happened with the challenge.
- “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
- “People’s lives, in Jubilee as elsewhere, were dull, simple, amazing, and unfathomable – deep caves paved with kitchen linoleum.”
- “Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
- “Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?”
- “Sometimes it seemed to him that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”
- “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
To learn more about challenged and banned books:
- take the Banned Books Quiz from the New York Public Library
- browse the Challenged Works List from the Freedom to Read website
- read 12 Canadian books that have been challenged from CBC books
Libraries play a vital role in protecting intellectual freedom in their communities. This is a good week to visit your local library and find a challenged book to read.