Freedom to Read Week – February 25-March 3 2018

What is Freedom to Read Week?

Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadians are granted intellectual freedom. Freedom to Read Week is designed to encourage Canadians to reflect upon these rights.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council. Here is a list of over 100 books that have been banned or challenged within Canada.

How Can You Celebrate? has several ideas for educators on how to get involved. These ideas can be used during FTRW but also year-round.

1) Start a banned book club. Find a book that has been challenged or banned, and talk about censorship with your class or group.

2) Host a photo contest. Participants can submit selfies with a banned book or FTRW poster, a photo of a FTRW event in their community, or anything that promotes freedom of expression.

3) Hang a poster in your class or workspace. Freedom to Read kits can be purchased on the FTR site, which include posters and clip art. You can create a display centered on banned books or censored writers.

4) Organize a public event with your class. Censored author readings, awards for challenged books, or panel discussions on intellectual freedom are a few ideas.

Links and Resources

Games and Quizzes


Bannings and Burnings in History

List of Challenged Works

Posters/Infographics: 30 Challenged Publications, Understanding Canadian Defamation Law, Access to Information

For a comprehensive list of resources, see the FTR website.

Freedom to Read Week 2018