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Freedom to Read Week

King and King

Every year at the end of February, we celebrate our freedom to read. While this freedom is something we might take for granted, it’s important to remember that there are many places in the world where books, magazines and even internet resources are heavily censored or even banned. Even here in Canada, there are plenty of reading materials that are called into question regularly.

Every day, schools, libraries and bookstores are asked to remove books and other items from their shelves. Some titles include classic books like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Catcher in the Rye, newer novels like Looking for Alaska and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and even picture books like King and King and And Tango Makes Three.

So while you read the local paper or pick up a new novel this week, take some time this week to reflect on how lucky we are to have the freedom to choose what we read. And maybe even pick up a banned book and see what all the fuss is about!

For a list of challenged titles, click here.  Freedom to Read Week is February 26- March 4.