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WOW Book Fiesta

A Morning with Author Kate Bernheimer

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m


•Hear the story behind Kate’s new books
•Listen to read-alouds
•Participate in centers and activities around books
•Have your book(s) autographed

The UA Bookstores will have Kate’s books for sale

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

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


2015 Summer Workshop

Friday, June 5

Engaging K-12 Students in Global Children’s and Adolescent Literature

**Professional Development Credit Available**

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Worlds of Words, Room 453, College of Education

Presented by:
Dr. Kathy Short
Mi-Kyoung Chang,
CERCLL Global Cultures Project Language Consultants
Junko Sakoi, CERCLL Global Cultures Project Language Consultants
Naya Feller, CERCLL Global Cultures Project Language Consultants

This workshop introduces K-12 classroom teachers and librarians to global children’s and adolescent literature and response strategies for engaging readers thoughtfully and critically with these books. Our focus will be on books set in a range of global settings that immerse readers in the ways of thinking and living within that culture. Literature provides a way to go beyond a tourist stance of only gaining surface information about a culture. Participants will try out various response strategies and have time to browse and read books from a range of global cultures, including books from recent award lists for outstanding international literature. We will also introduce the Language and Culture Book Kits and the Global Story Boxes and international consultants will be available for anyone who is interested in pursuing these options in their schools.

This workshop is intended for K-8 educators but High School teachers are also welcome to attend. However, 9-12 teachers should be aware that the books focus upon adolescent literature rather than adult classics.

Register for the workshop

Other CERCLL workshops


Contact Richard Clift at with questions or call 520-621-9340. Registration is free.


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

Tentatively scheduler: 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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