Worlds of Words

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Worlds of Words builds bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature.

WOW Review
Asking For ItReviewers consider some of their favorite stories from 2016 in the latest issue of WOW Review, Volume IX Issue 3, casting a light on a number of the most compelling and innovative books of the previous year. In this issue, reviewers reflect on the books that they felt were full of novel perspective, keen insight, and fresh ideas to encourage readers to consider their own outlook in the context of a greater world.

See our complete listing of all WOW Review issues.


WOW Currents
March's WOW Currents explore the USBBY 2017 list of Outstanding International Books, books that were published in the U.S. in 2016 and represent other cultures.Holly Johnson discusses the 2017 “Outstanding International Books” from the U.S. Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), a list that came out at the end of January 2017. These books were all published in the U.S. during 2016 and represent countries and cultures from around the world. The featured books hold readers’ attention by “showing ourselves, as well as allowing us to grow in both knowledge and compassion.”

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
Worlds of Words, February My Take / Your Take looks at U.S. books that won the Schneider Family Award for the portrayal of the disability experience. In February’s My Take / Your Take, Maria V. Acevedo, Susan Corapi, Desiree Cueto and Megan McCaffrey continue their discussion from August 2016 on Schneider Family Award-winning books. This month they are looking at books based in the U.S. that won this award and explore the disability experience, including two stories about legends in art and music: Horace Pippin, an artist with a paralyzed arm due to a war injury, and Art Tatum, a jazz musician who is blind.

Take a look at our thematic index of books featured on My Take/Your Take. We also have an archive of My Take/Your Take books.

WOW Review
Emmanuel's Dream, conflict, dissonance, resolution, Worlds of Words WOW ReviewTake a look at our newest issue of WOW Review, Volume IX, Issue 2 that explores the realities of conflict, dissonance, and resolution, and how these are essential aspects of the human condition. In this issue, reviewers consider the books they have read that bring us new ways to think about the world and our interactions with those within it.

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WOW Stories
edward_figure-1The latest issue of WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom, Building Bridges Across Multiple Worlds, examines how stories, both personal and literary, invite students to explore themselves and their relationship to global issues and cultures.

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