Freedom to Read Kits

Each year for Freedom to Read Week, the Freedom of Expression Committee publishes a review of current censorship issues in Canada, featuring provocative news articles, interviews with champions of free speech, and a Get Involved section with activities designed for classroom instruction and discussion. The annual Freedom to Read Kit also includes clip art and a poster.

Show your support by ordering a Freedom to Read Kit.

Freedom to Read Kit 2020

Foreword Dear Readers, Welcome to the 2020 issue of Freedom to Read, the annual publication of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee. We hope you find the news stories and opinions that we present enlightening and thought provoking. We also hope you find the information and ideas in Freedom to Read useful […]

Freedom to Read Kit 2019

FEATURES: Jumping on the Social Media Bandwagon — Champion of Free Expression: Franklin Carter — Bridging the Digital Divide: How to Ensure Internet Access Is a Reality for All — Two Cree Writers in Conversation About the Freedom to Read and Language Revitalization — Meanwhile in Quebec: Is It Censorship? (The Game!) — and more!

Freedom to Read Kit 2018

FEATURES: Dorothy Macnaughton’s Fight for More Accessible Reading Materials — Lauren Matera on Defenders of Free Expression — Kirsten Wurmann on The Right to Read: A Prison Story — and more!

Freedom to Read Kit 2017

FEATURES: Charles Monpetit: Quebec’s Anti-Censorship Fighter — Trigger Warnings: Helpful or Harmful? — A Brief History of Book Burnings — The Beautiful and the Banned: In Defence of Graphic Novels — and more…

Freedom to Read Kit 2016

FEATURES: Word Warrior: Alvin M. Schrader — Three Free Expression Organizations You Should Know — The Language and Stories of Reconciliation — Where to Draw the Line: Censorship and Self-Censorship in Canadian Newspaper Editorial Cartooning — Off Limits: Who Decides What Kids and Teens Get to Read? — and more…

Freedom to Read Kit 2015

“I love my freedom to read whatever I want.” That joyous phrase has been doing its sassy dance in my head since I first saw Franke James’s vibrant illustration for Freedom to Read Week 2015. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your freedom to read than to dive into the bounty of articles served up in this year’s Freedom to Read review.

Freedom to Read Kit 2014

Editorial This year’s Freedom to Read review marks the thirtieth anniversary of its publication and of Freedom to Read Week in Canada. It was 1984 when the Book and Periodical Council, through its Freedom of Expression Committee, first published this annual review to explore the freedom to read in Canada and elsewhere and to inform […]

Freedom to Read Kit 2013

“There are worse crimes than burning books,” said the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky. “One of them is not reading them.” Freedom to Read 2013 includes stories about both crimes.

Freedom to Read Kit 2012

Editorial The year 2011 was inspirational for proponents of free expression. A deep longing for democracy, human rights and equality drove people into the streets across the Muslim world and North America. Although they sometimes faced violent responses, ordinary people armed with powerful ideas toppled governments in North Africa and challenged inequality at home. These […]

Freedom to Read Kit 2011

Editorial From the Supreme Court to the streets of the G20 Summit protests, from the halls of residential schools to the Senate floor, this twenty-seventh edition of Freedom to Read covers the shifting landscape of censorship and free expression in Canada today. In Freedom to Read 2011, we celebrate the heroes of free expression. Peter […]