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?

freedomtoread.ca 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

Looking for full-text education research? ERIC has more than 385,000 full-text journal articles, reports, conference papers and other materials available for download free of charge. Here is a video that describes the types of resources you can obtain in full text, and how to locate these materials in ERIC.

As of fall 2017, there were nearly 65,000 full-text journal articles in ERIC. More than 77 percent of grey literature providers permit display of their material, either immediately or following a period of embargo. ERIC is also the full-text repository for work developed and funded by IES, including final peer-reviewed manuscripts created by IES grantees and contractors. You can download final, peer-reviewed grantee manuscripts from ERIC one year after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

ERIC works closely with publishers and other resource providers to encourage the release of full text in ERIC for the benefit of the broad education community.

Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with more than 1.6 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.

With smartphones in their pockets and tablets in their backpacks, students growing up in the digital era are the most connected generation yet. But, as UBC’s Ron Darvin notes, simply having access to digital tools doesn’t mean all students are on a level playing field. Darvin, a PhD student in the faculty of education and a UBC Public Scholar, examines how students of different socio-economic backgrounds develop digital skills—and why some children are at risk of being left behind.

read full article: http://news.ubc.ca/2017/01/12/ubc-expert-some-b-c-kids-at-risk-of-falling-behind-in-digital-literacy

Interesting blog post:


“As we gear up for a new season and change of pace in the library, it’s time to take a close look at our Summer Reading Club statistics. Another great year of passion and energy in support of kids’ reading and learning – the impact is significant, and we in BC have lots to celebrate with our 25 years of Summer Reading Club success! ”
FYI – http://jacquelinevandyk.ca/summertime-and-the-readin-is-easy/


ibbyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 9, 2015: IBBY Canada, the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, is pleased to announce that the Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature will be presented to Judith Saltman and Jacques Payette. Both winners will receive their awards in conjunction with a special event for children’s literature in the coming year.

Judith Saltman is the recipient of the Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature in English. Ms. Saltman is a Professor at the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, and Chair of the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program at the University of British Columbia. With Gail Edwards, she authored Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing. Her research includes literature for children and young adults, publishing for children in Canada, and public library services for children and young adults.

Jacques Payette is the recipient of the Claude Aubry Award for distinguished service in the field of children’s literature in French.  Mr. Payette is a pioneer in the publishing and the editing of children’s books and magazines in Quebec.  Since 1968 he has been the owner of Éditions Heritage, which now lists over 2000 titles, and in 1997 founded the publishing house Dominque et compagnie.  Toupi and Binou, Alice, Caillou, and Galette—characters well known to children today—are among the many creations he has published.

The Claude Aubry Award jury was comprised of Lisa Doucet (Woozles Bookstore, Halifax), Annabelle Foster (Saskatoon Youth Librarian), France Lapierre (retired MELS Quebec), and Susane Duchesne (Librairie Monet, Montreal Youth Literature Bookseller).

The Claude Aubry Award was established in 1981 in honour of the late author, translator, and director of the Ottawa Public Library. IBBY Canada presents two Aubry Awards biennially, from nominations of individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian children’s literature. Eligible nominees include authors, publishers, illustrators, translators, designers, editors, librarians, booksellers, and teachers. Previous recipients include Patsy Aldana, Marie-Louise Gay, Andrea Deakin, Chantal Vaillancourt, Dave Jenkinson, Charlotte Guérette, Peter Carver, Catherine Mitchell, Bertrand Gauthier, Michael Solomon, Ron Jobe, Virginia Davis, Judy Sarick, May Cutler and Sheila Egoff.

IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org), founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada, a volunteer organization formed in 1980 to promote Canadian children’s literature, is one of over 70 IBBY national sections worldwide, and.  IBBY Canada members include authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, educators, and publishers. For more information about IBBY and the Claude Aubry Award, please visit www.ibby-canada.

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