Kelly's book recommendations

“Libraries are a place where new thinking is encouraged. It is a democratizing and liberating force like none other" - Margaret Atwood.

A true democracy guarantees fundamental rights and freedoms to its citizen. Reading, writing, and publishing freely is a guaranteed right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

You, as an individual in Canada, have the right to choose or reject - for yourself, and for your family, but not for others. Canadian libraries embody this right and have a responsibility to provide a wide range of viewpoints for individuals to develop their own critical thoughts. 

Freedom to Read Week highlights the importance of freedom of expression and censorship issues. Below is a list of Canadian books and authors that have been challenged.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
  • Challenged for “vulgarity, sexual expressions and sexual innuendoes”.
book cover title When everything feels like the movies close up photo of lips When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
  • Governor-General's Award-winning teen fiction has been challenged for coarse language, profanity & portrayal gay lifestyle.
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • Challenged for sexual content.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Challenged for violence, sexual degradation, offensive language, and anti-Christian overtones.
book jacket Essex Count five people standing with backs facingEssex County by Jeff Lemire (Graphic Novel) 
  • Challenged for offensive language.
Hey Dad by Brian Doyle
  • Challenged for negative views and did not contain the values of “positive citizenship.”
 Hold Fast by Kevin Major
  • Challenged because the young character challenges adult authority at almost every turn.
Book jacket Sheep herder with sheep in backgroundThe Shepherd’s Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter
  • Challenged as anti-Israeli propaganda.
 Three Wishes by Deborah Ellis
  • Challenged for portraying Israeli soldiers as brutal, expressed ethnic hatred and glorified suicide bombing.
 Book jacket art person walking outside through arched doorway Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
  • Challenged and copies of these books were burned in India for negatively portraying the Shiv Sena political party.

For more information about Freedom to Read Week in Canada visit the Freedom to Read website