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Worlds of Words builds bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature. Browse a list of resources available on our site.

WOW Currents
WOW Currents discusses new trends in transnational Asian children's literature this monthMany people are familiar with books like The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi and My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits. These books, published in the 1990s and 2000s, opened the door and challenged ideas of global children’s literature. Sometimes because of these “classics,” newer Asian-culture books don’t get much attention. This month, the WOW Currents by Yoo Kyung Sung and Junko Sakoi focus on and introduce new books about Asian children released within past three years, which draw attention to internal diversity rather than the expansive concept of “Asian-Americans.”

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My Take/Your Take
Worlds of Words provides two takes on The Whisper by Pamela ZagarenskiThis September, Kathleen Crawford-McKinney and Jean Schroeder share their take on Imagination in Children’s Books.

In happy hours, when the imagination
Wakes like a wind at midnight, and the soul
Trembles in all its leaves, it is a joy
To be uplifted on its wings and listen
To the prophetic voices in the air
That call us onward.
~ LongefllowA thematic index of books featured on My Take/Your Take.
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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.

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WOW Stories
WOW Stories: Connections from the ClassroomWorlds of Words publishes WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom features Stories as Invitation and Transformation: Global Literature Integration across Multiple Contexts to examine how stories, both personal and those found in literature, invites students to explore themselves and their relationship to global issues and cultures.

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