Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Reminder: Freedom to Read Week Starts this Sunday (Feb. 21-27)

Freedom to Read Week (Canada's version of Banned Books Week) runs from February 21st to 27th this year. As usual, the official site is a great resource for both finding out more and for accessing various free materials, kits and fact sheets that you can share with your students, friends, family and community groups. This year's kit contains some particularly great articles, including one by Nicole Brewer on who gets to decide what kids and teens read, as well as one by Donald Lynch exploring the freedom to read versus political correctness.

You can also check out the most recent list of the most frequently challenged books in Canada, combining results from the past 5 years, and the more comprehensive Challenged Works List. It's both illuminating/infuriating and a great place to find out about controversial books you might want to read during Freedom to Read Week (it's always fun to read a challenged book in defiance/solidarity/celebration), and beyond. This year, I'm going to check out the award winning Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann, and Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett (Illustrated by Matt Myers).

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