Freedom to Read Week

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:

Antigone By Sophocles
(Available at Leddy Library)

Bad Medicine: A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community By John Reilly (2010)
(Available at Leddy Library)

Black Eye 1: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension By Ivan Brunetti, Lilli Carré, et al. 

Contes pour buveurs attardés By Michel Tremblay 
(Available at Leddy Library)

Les nombrils By Marc Delafontaine and Maryse Dubuc

Takes One to Know One: An Alison Kaine Mystery By Kate Allen 

The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood (1985)
(Available at Leddy Library)

The Shepherd’s Granddaughter By Anne Laurel Carter (2008)
(Available at Leddy Library)

The Waiting Dog By Carolyn Beck and Andrea Beck

The Wars By Timothy Findley (1977)
(Available at Leddy Library)

Three Wishes By Deborah Ellis (2004)
(Available at Leddy Library)

Young Lions By Blaise Larmee (2010)

Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs By Frank Asch


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