Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The freedom to choose what we want to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, books and magazines are banned at the border, books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day, and free speech on the Internet is challenged. Few of these stories make the news, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.
The following is a selection of works that have been challenged in Canada (Source: www.freedomtoread.ca):
Black Eye 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension By Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carré, et al.
Les nombrils By Marc Delafontaine and Maryse Dubuc
Takes One to Know One: An Alison Kaine Mystery By Kate Allen
The Waiting Dog By Carolyn Beck and Andrea Beck
Young Lions By Blaise Larmee (2010)
Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs By Frank Asch