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Freedom to Read Kits and Posters

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. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be publishing a Freedom to Read kit in 2021. However, we do have a vibrant and striking new poster available for order! You can find the order form here.

Freedom to Read Week 2021 poster

Freedom to Read Poster 2021

Credits This year’s Freedom to Read poster was illustrated by Michael DeForge and designed by Boyd Gordon. Poster Gallery See 35+ years of posters in our poster gallery.
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Cover of Freedom to Read 2020

Freedom to Read Kit 2020

This issue includes a profile of David Eby, the attorney general of British Columbia; a 50-year history of Toronto’s Glad Day Bookshop; views from five writers on various challenges to our freedom to read, write and publish; and more.
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Cover of Freedom to Read Review 2019

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?…
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Freedom to Read Cover 2018

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!
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Freedom to Read Kit 2017

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…
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Freedom to Read Kit 2016 cover

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…
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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…
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Freedom to Read Kit 2014

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…
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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.
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Freedom to Read Kit 2012

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…
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Freedom to Read Kit 2011

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…
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