Canada Reads

Here's how to bring Canada Reads to life in your classroom

Are you a high school teacher looking to engage your students in Canada Reads? An updated teacher guide and new resources for 2019 are available now on Curio!
The Canada Reads 2019 contenders are The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong, Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, By Chance Alone by Max Eisen, Brother by David Chariandy and Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. (CBC)

From mock debates to book clubs to Canada Reads-inspired creative writing projects — teachers across the country are bringing the Canada Reads debates to life in their classrooms year after year.

To help engage students in Canada Reads 2019, CBC Books has partnered with, CBC's educational arm, on a new collection of resources for teachers.

The Canada Reads collection on now includes new teacher guides for all five of the 2019 contenders, videos featuring this year's shortlisted authors and discussion questions and suggested activities for how to activate Canada Reads in any secondary school classroom.

It also includes material around how to stage a debate in your classroom, complete with advice from past panellists such as Stephen Lewis, Elaine "Lainey" Lui and Humble The Poet.

These materials are accessible to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. launched in 2013 to meet the digital learning needs of school boards, government ministries, universities, colleges and cégeps and public libraries across the country. It features award-winning content from CBC, spanning from radio and television documentaries to news, drama and children's programming. 

The Canada Reads 2019 contenders are:

The debates, hosted by Ali Hassan, take place March 25-28, 2019.

They will air on CBC Radio One at 11 a.m. (1 p.m. AT/1:30 p.m. NT), on CBC at 4 p.m. (4:30 NT), live streamed online at CBC Books at 11 a.m. ET and will be available on the free CBC Gem streaming service. 


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