Mission

Worlds of Words is committed to creating an international network of people who share the vision of bringing books and children together, thereby opening windows on the world. We encourage thoughtful dialogue around global literature so that children can reflect on their own cultural experiences and connect to the experiences of children across the globe.

Worlds of Words holds an estimated 30,000 volumes of children’s and adolescent literature focusing on world cultures and Indigenous peoples. Housed at the University of Arizona, College of Education in a recently renovated center, Worlds of Words has a large collection space along with a special collections room, studio, offices, visiting scholar office, and a classroom. The space is open to the public and used for a variety of events and functions.

These resources are used to:

•promote intercultural understanding and global perspectives.
•identify excellent culturally authentic literature about children’s lives around the world.
•provide resources for adults who share a passion for connecting readers with books.
•share the stories of children’s dialogue and interactions around global literature.
•encourage the integration of global literature into the curriculum.

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    Manuscript Call for WOW Review - Literature as Key: The Power to Unlock Potential, Open Possibilities, Close Doors, Discover Knowledge, and Set One Free - issue deadline May 15

    Save the date for 2017's Worlds of Words Mini-Conference. More info...

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    Enjoy our newly remodeled space!

    Keep an eye on the Calendar for more WOW events!