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Our mission is to build bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature. Browse a list of resources available on our site.

WOW Currents

WOW Currents examines diverse topics connected to global children’s and adolescent literature.

This week, in Transgender Characters in Children’s Picture Books, we look at a new trend as transgender characters have started appearing in children’s literature.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.


My Take/Your Take: Book Dialogues

One book . . .

Two readers . . .

Two perspectives . . .

Your Take?

We comment on Angela Johnson’s and E. B. Lewis’s portrayal of Emancipation Day through the eyes of slaves in 1863 with the book All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom.

WOW Review
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WOW Review, Vol. VI, Issue 4 focuses on books for teachers and parents who are looking for titles that depict the movement and displacement of people across spaces, cities, and countries.
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WOW Stories

In this issue of WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom, Developing Engagements with Global Literature, teachers explored strategies that would engage students in making connections with global literature and enhance their intercultural understandings.
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