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WOW Book Fiesta
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.


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


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


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


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 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 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 .

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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    WOW Stories is also calling for manuscripts focusing on an Immigration as Opportunities issue (Deadline: September, 1 2015) & an open themed issue (Deadline: February. 15, 2016).

    WOW Book Fiesta welcomes Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford and her new book, My Tata's Remedies / Los remedios de mi Tata Sept. 19 . . .
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    Enjoy our newly remodeled space!

    The Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison show a continued decline in the number of books depicting characters of color in 2013. Read more . . .

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