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WOW Book Fiesta
with
Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

• Meet Roni and hear about her new book
• Make a cup and ball wooden toy and play the game
• Participate in centers on plants and sounds of the desert
• Eat empanadas and drink hot chocolate
• Get a book signed by Roni

The UA Bookstores will have Roni’s books for sale

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1430 E. Second Street

Parking at 2nd St. Garage
**The new streetcar stops in front of the College**

Upcoming WOW Book Fiesta events:

October 31 — Adam Rex, scary stories, and Edgar Allan Poe as part of Big Read Connects Tucson.

Nov. 5 — an event with centers focusing on global communities.

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Worlds of Words (WOW) Open House
Saturday, October 24, 2015
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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Worlds of Words Open House to Meet the WOW muralist, David Christiana. Join us for a special meet & greet with Kathy Short, Director of Worlds of Words, and artist David Christiana, a well-known illustrator and UA professor who designed the murals in WOW. Refreshments will be served along with a book give-away and tours.

Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education
1430 E. Second Street

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Worlds of Words Mini-Conference
Room 453, College of Education, 1430 E. 2nd Street

Tentatively scheduled: Thursday, March 10, 2016

4:00-4:15 – Registration
4:15-5:15 –  Concurrent Keynotes
5:15-5:45 – Snacks and Texts Sets on Adaptation
5:45-6:45 – Concurrent Keynotes
6:45-7:30 – Text Sets, Autographing, Conversation and Food

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The Lack of Characters of Color in Children’s Books

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released their annual report of the number of books depicting characters of color in 2013. The statistics show a continued decline that is alarming and has resulted in multiple news reports and articles.  You can access the report at http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/choiceintro14.asp. Two articles that are particularly noteworthy in response to this report are Christopher Myers  article on The Apartheid of Children’s Literature, published in the The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-apartheid-of-childrens-literature.html?_r=0 and the CNN article on Where is the African American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss? which includes a great interview of Matt de la Pena at http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/09/living/young-adult-books-diversity-identity/ .

Here are the numbers from 3,200 books received at the CCBC in 2013. Of those,

• 93 books had significant African or African American content
• 67 books were by Black authors and/or illustrators
• 34 books had American Indian themes, topics, or characters
• 18 books were by American Indian authors and/or illustrators
• 61 books had significant Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content
• 88 books were by authors and/or illustrators of Asian/Pacific heritage
• 57 books had significant Latino content
• 48 books were by Latino authors and/or illustrators

If you go to CCBC Choices on their site and access previous years, you will see a steady decline since 2008.

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