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 Exhibits: Hello, Dear Enemy!
Hello, Dear EnemyHello, Dear Enemy!, a traveling exhibit created by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, makes its first stop at Worlds of Words in the University of Arizona College of Education. We have added hands-on activities for children and those who are young at heart, including a chance to leave a message in Ferdinand’s Happiness Pasture. WOW invites the community to come tour the exhibit, which is free and open to the public. Hello, Dear Enemy! is presented with help from Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL).

WOW Currents
Publication PracticesFor the month of December, Judi Moreillon interviews children’s librarian Mary Margaret Mercado, from Pima County Public Library. After an introductory post, she organizes the interview around three aspects of authenticity and accuracy. Moreillion and Mercado discuss the inaccuracies that can result when an author, illustrator or translator lacks cultural knowledge in Part 2. They focus on authenticity and accuracy in story and illustration in Part 3. In Part 4, they explore the accuracy of information gleaned from research or first-hand experience.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
immigration through global perspectivesIn November’s My Take/Your Take, contributors will discuss a series of picturebooks that can help young readers understand what it means to be a refugee. Stories, they argue, might be the best way to communicate what it means to flee your country to find safety in another. The stories they share are determined, hopeful, and share what it means to be home.

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

Volume X Issue 1 of WOW Review takes on a series of chapter books, picturebooks, and novels that investigate change, choice, and transitions. These stories look at what it means to belong and the many ways that we can help each other find our place in the world. They inspire kindness, acceptance, and understanding in the face of adversity.

See our complete listing of all WOW Review issues.

WOW Stories
The latest issue of WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom, Opportunities for Inquiry into Critical and Global Issues through Literature, examines how exploring culture and identity can bring students closer to themselves and their understanding of the world around them.

See our complete listing of all WOW Stories issues.

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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.