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 2020 are available now on Curio!
Canada Reads takes place March 16-19, 2020. (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 2020, 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 2020 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 debates were scheduled to take place March 16-19, 2020. Given the ongoing developments with COVID-19 and the related travel concerns, Canada Reads has made the difficult decision to postpone next week's event until we can convene our stellar panel of advocates in front of a live audience. 

Canada Reads content will still be featured next week (March 16-20), in a series of one hour programs dedicated to this year's books and authors.

The Canada Reads 2020 contenders



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