WOW Review – Submissions

See general submission guidelines below. Please check to see that the book has not previously been reviewed at our Alphabetical listing of all books reviewed by WOW Review.

Call for Submissions:

WOW Review, Vol VI, Issue 4:  Global Diaspora
The deadline for receiving these reviews is May 1, 2014 with publication for this issue planned in June.

WOW Review, Vol VII, Issue 1:  Open Theme
The deadline for receiving these reviews is August 1, 2014 with publication for this issue planned in September.

Global Diaspora

For this issue, we solicit reviews of books for children or adolescents that may help us understand the diversity of experiences of groups living literarily or metaphorically in diaspora.

To frame the concept of diaspora we use the work of Brubaker (2005) who identifies three main characteristics associated with diaspora:

A Dispersion that crosses state borders or in its metaphorical extension, dispersion and/or displacement within state borders.

Homeland Orientation- the orientation to a real or imagined ‘homeland’; maintaining a collective memory or myth about the homeland.

Boundary-Maintenance- the preservation over an extended time of a distinctive identity vis-à-vis a host society; “a distinctive ‘community’, held together by a distinctive, active solidarity, as well as by relatively dense social relationships, that cut across state boundaries and link members of the diaspora in different states into a single ‘transnational community.’ Within this identity, there is room for change, hybridity, fluidity, and creolization in such way that Brubaker suggests that diaspora should be treated more than as a bounded group, as a stance.

We expect reviews of books in which at least one of these three categories is present in the collective experience of the groups represented within the text. The books may address experiences of groups associated with traditional diasporas (e.g., Jews, African, Caribbean, or South Asian populations) to the experiences of displaced communities within a country forced out by nature or social situations (e.g., New Orleans).

Because the concept of diaspora sees dispersed groups as constructing newness and contributing unique resources to the host society (Pérez, 1999, p. 78), we would like to move away from stories that just privilege assimilationist expectations for immigrant groups and include stories that highlight the creativity and resourcefulness of communities, families, or individual characters.

Please submit reviews by May 1, 2014.

Brubaker, R. (2005). The ‘diaspora’ diaspora. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 28(1), pp 1-19.

Pérez, E. (1999). Tejanas: Diasporic subjectivities and post-revolution identities. In The decolonial imaginary: Writing Chicanas into history (pp. 75-98). Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.


Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Bilingual/Bicultural Education
Teachers College, Box 122
Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3218

Marilisa Jimenez-Garcia, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College
695 Park Avenue, East Building, Room-E1406
New York, NY 10065
Website: http:/

In order to be sure titles are not duplicated, please send any titles you wish to review to or The deadline for receiving these reviews is May 1, 2014.

————— General Submission Guidelines —————

WOW extends a call for critical reviews of children’s and adolescent international literature to be published in WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures, an electronic journal of Worlds of Words. Generally, WOW Review issues focus on a theme, though some issues are unthemed. Future issue themes and deadlines are listed at the end of the page. The criteria for reviews include:

•Books published throughout the world, including the U.S., that represent life within a specific cultural group, especially as related to the global community.

•The review lists the complete bibliographic information for the book.

•The review begins with a careful summary of the content or story, including both text and illustrations. Issues of culture that relate to the content should be highlighted using a broad definition of culture, including ethnicity, language, gender, geographical areas, age, socio-economics, historical eras, physically/mentally challenged individuals, religion, etc.

•Consideration of literacy excellence for text and illustrations, including criteria for evaluating particular genres as related to the authenticity of the book and an indication of the major themes highlighted within the book.

•A critique of the cultural authenticity of both text and illustration.

•Citation of sources used to evaluate authenticity, such as personal communication with individuals from a particular cultural group, perspectives from media sources, personal insights, author’s notes and research citations. Background information about the author and illustrator should be included.

•List other related texts that might extend thinking about a particular cultural group, life experience, or theme and other information useful to educators such as the age level of the audience for whom the book is most appropriate.

Evaluating cultural authenticity is complex and includes issues of accuracy, cultural values, and diverse lifestyles and perspectives within a cultural group as represented in text and illustration. Criteria for exploring cultural authenticity can assist reviewers in this process.

The reviews should be written in APA format, organized using a similar format to the reviews in the current journal issue, and be 500-800 words in length including the bibliographic and author information. Further guidance on determining cultural authenticity can be found in the introduction to the inaugural issue of WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures. Please submit reviews for possible publication via e-mail. Be sure to include your name, professional affiliation, and location.

Additional Resources:

1) Stories Matter, The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature (Fox & Short, 2003)

2) PDF of criteria for exploring cultural authenticity (Short, 2008)

Upcoming Deadlines

Open themed issue:  February 1, 2014

Global Diaspora Issue: May 1, 2014

WOW Review publishes original reviews on international books on the following schedule for issue foci and submission deadlines:

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