Freedom to Read Week 2018

Freedom to Read Week 2018

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.

To learn more about challenged and banned 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.

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