Worlds of Words

Open a book . . .

Open a mind . . .

Open the world!

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

WOW Currents
Refugee and Immigrant StoriesThis month we focus on sharing immigrant and refugee stories of children and families forced to leave the comfort of their homelands. Immigrants and refugees leave their known lives due to war, famine and genocide, among other hardships and disasters. The topic of immigration and refugees is of specific relevance in the current political climate throughout the U.S. Sharing immigrant and refugee stories is particularly important in our schools, where bullying of students who are deemed to be “different” due to language, religion and skin color has increased.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
iamj_mytake This month Mary L. Fahrenbruck, Leanna Lucero and Tabitha P. Collins discuss adolescent literature that features coming out stories of transgender and gender fluid adolescents. Mary and Leanna happened upon this genre when they brainstormed ways to interpret a Crossing Borders theme in their undergraduate teacher-education classes. Tabitha, a doctoral candidate, focuses on children’s and adolescent literature that features LGBTQ+ characters as part of her research agenda.

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
Maddi's Fridge by Lois BrandtTake a look at our newest issue of WOW Review, Volume IX, Issue 1 to consider how literature has the power to unlock potential, open possibilities, allow for discovery, and set one free–as well as to close doors.

See our complete listing of all WOW Review issues.

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.

See our complete listing of all WOW Stories issues.

Open Reading Hours (Saturdays – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Mondays through Fridays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

WOW Stories and WOW Review are accepting submissions. Our two online journals are available to you without subscription, membership, or fee requirements. We are proud to offer these journals and want to hear from you. E-mail us with questions, feedback, and submissions.