CANSCAIP presents a Freedom to Read Week panel, an online event with a focus on challenges to Canadian kids books and authors. The panel is free to attend.
The panelists are author Christine Baldacchino (Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress); author David Alexander Robertson (Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story), winner of The Writers' Union of Canada's 2021 Freedom to Read Award; and author Robin Stevenson (Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change). High school teacher-librarian Jonelle St. Aubyn is the panel moderator. Peter Carver, co-founder and long-time editor of the annual Freedom to Read magazine and winner of The Writers' Union of Canada's 2004 Freedom to Read Award, will give an overview of challenged Canadian kids books.
Freedom to Read Week encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Freedom to Read Week is presented annually by the Book and Periodical Council.
The Book and Periodical Council’s membership includes organizations like CANSCAIP, The Writers’ Union of Canada, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Association of Canadian Publishers, Ontario Library Association and many others. CANSCAIP’s panel and other organizations' Freedom to Read Week events are supported by funding from Canada Council for the Arts.
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