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 for WOW Review, Vol VI, Issue 2: Global Award Winning Titles
The deadline for receiving these reviews has been extended to November 15, 2013 with publication for this issue planned in December.
Just as the United States has awards given to excellence in children’s literature, such as the Caldecott, Newbery and Printz Awards, other countries also identify their outstanding literature for children and young adults through various awards and honors. WOW Review, Vol VI, Issue 2, will focus on award winning titles from other countries. Recent lists can be found on the Internet and books from English speaking countries are easily obtained as they quickly filter into the U.S.
Sources for identifying English titles to review can be found at the following web sites (once at the site, there are links to both current and previous years’ award winning books):
Great Britain: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/home/index.php
South Africa: http://www.bookchat.co.za/sacba.html
Of course, these are only suggestions since there are a variety of awards within each country and many other countries with awards. Book reviews of titles from non-English speaking countries are greatly welcomed by reviewers who speak the language/s of the titles and can share the content and critique of the book in English. If these books have been translated, then translation issues may also be part of the review. These reviews should consider not only the criteria requested from WOW but also the criteria used in individual countries to select award winners since often this criteria differs from that used by U.S. award committees. We look forward to submissions around this theme since an awareness of what is acknowledged as significant literature in countries provides insight into the cultures, values, and experiences of readers in the global community beyond the U.S.
In order to be sure titles are not duplicated, please send any titles you wish to review to Janelle.email@example.com. The deadline for receiving these reviews is November 1, 2013.
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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.
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)
Open themed issue: February 1, 2014
WOW Review publishes original reviews on international books on the following schedule for issue foci and submission deadlines: