My major goal for teachers taking my course on multicultural literature this semester was to encourage them to develop a critical lens to use in reading and evaluating literature. Continue reading
by Ann Parker, The University of Arizona
I wish I had a book.
I wish for all kids around the world to have books.
I wish I had an endless supply of books.
I wish that I could have history books.
I wish everyone would read a book they enjoy!
I wish everyone could read.I whish I could red a book for the world.
Reading and own lots of books.
I wish I could levetat when ever Id wish.
I wish animals and I could talk.
I mirmaid real.
I wish for a dinosaur.
I wish I could fly!
Many adults believe children should not be burdened with books that raise difficult social issues, particularly war and violence. They argue to protect the innocence of children, not realizing that what children want is perspective, not protection. Continue reading
By Judi Moreillon, Story Power, Tucson, AZ
As a first-year librarian, it surprised me to learn that our school dispensed clothing to children who didn’t have clothes.
Have you ever blown out candles on a birthday to make a wish? What about wishing on a shooting star? Children all around the world make wishes, and so do we. Worlds of Words invited visitors to our Tucson Festival of Books booth to make wishes for the world. We used Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World by Roseanne Thong with illustrations by Elisa Kleven to start our conversations.
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This month, members of the WOW Advisory Board revisited the wishes made by the younger visitors to our booth. They reflected on the interconnectedness of traditions, stories, and people the world around. What are your wishes and wishing traditions? Join the conversation.
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