Freedom to Read Week 2012

Freedom to Read Week (February 26 – March 3, 2012) is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.To celebrate, Kerry Clare of the 49th Shelf has compiled a list books that have been banned in Canada in recent years. The following Canadian children’s books made the list.

Asha’s Mums
Written by Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse | Illustrated by Dawn Lee | Published by Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., Three O’Clock Press Inc. | ISBN 978-0-88961-143-6 | Ages 5-8

Glory Days and Other Stories
Written by Gillian Chan | Published by Kids Can Press | ISBN 978-1-55074-381-4 | Ages 12 and up

Hey Dad!
Written by Brian Doyle | Published by Groundwood Books | ISBN 978-0-88899-708-1 | Ages 8-12

Hold Fast
Written by Kevin Major | Published by Groundwood Books | ISBN 978-0-88899-580-3 | Ages 12 and up

Maxine’s Tree
Written by Diane Léger | Illustrated by Dar Churcher | Published by Orca Book Publishers | ISBN 978-0-92050-138-2 | Ages 7-9

The Shepherd’s Granddaughter
Written by Anne Laurel Carter | Published by Kids Can Press | ISBN 978-0-88899-903-0 | Ages 14 and up

Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak
Written by Deborah Ellis | Published by Groundwood Books | ISBN 978-0-88899-645-9 | Ages 11 and up

Who is Frances Rain?
Written by Margaret Buffie | Published by Kids Can Press | ISBN 978-1-55453-209-4 | Ages 12 and up

To view the complete list, click here.