Freedom to Read Week

Banned & Challenged Books

Freedom to Read Week is celebrated in Canada each year to re-affirm our right to freedom of expression and our right to read what we want! Some of the greatest pieces of literature ever produced have been challenged, and if would-be censors had their way we would all have limited access to titles that we ourselves may enjoy. While modern classics like Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, J.K. Rowland's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series may not be for everyone, they are among many banned and challenged books that have made undeniably positive impacts on world literature.

Check out our calendar of events for any Freedom to Read Week 2017 activities. Listed below are some of the many books and graphic novels that have been challenged over the years. Simply click on the cover images below to place your requests and re-affirm your right to read what you choose to read!

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