Freedom to Read Week 2020
Date posted: February 24, 2020
What do If I Ran the Zoo, Harry Potter books, Lord of the Rings, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Handmaid’s Tale have in common? These books have all been challenged in public and/or school libraries.
February 23rd to 29th is Freedom to Read Week! This annual event encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
For more information on current issues regarding freedom to read and censorship, read the Book and Periodical Council’s current issue of Freedom to Read.
Have you read any challenged books? Look at the titles in:
- 15 Frequently Banned & Challenged Books – from Penguin Random House Canada
- Challenged Works List – from freedomtoread.ca
- Freedom to Read Week – from Surrey Libraries
- Theme Guide: Challenged Books – from The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
- VPL – Banned and Challenged Books – Top Picks – from Vancouver Public Library
Without freedom to read, these books might be unavailable. Celebrate the week by reading a challenged book!