WOW Review publishes original reviews on global and multicultural books on the following schedule for issue themes and submission deadlines. Each submission is sent for blind review. Please check to see that the book has not previously been reviewed at our Alphabetical listing of all books reviewed by WOW Review.
WOW review: reading across cultures
Volume 15, Issue 2 – Themed issue on inter-generational relationships (Winter 2022) – submission deadline November 15, 2022. The editors welcome reviews of global or multicultural children’s or young adult books published within the last three years that highlight intercultural understanding and global perspectives, especially highlighting perspectives that might change as children and young adults interact with other generations (e.g., grandparents).
Volume 15, Issue 3 – Open theme (Spring 2023) – submission deadline February 15, 2023. The editors welcome reviews of global or multicultural children’s or young adult books published within the last three years that highlight intercultural understanding and global perspectives.
WOW extends a call for critical reviews of children’s and adolescent global 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. Editors look for children’s or young adult books published within the last three years.
• 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.
• Consider excellence in text and illustrations. This includes evaluating genre fit, cultural authenticity and thematic relevance.
• 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 relevant texts that might extend thinking about a particular cultural group, life experience, or theme. Include other information that might be useful to educators such as the audience that might find this book most compelling if that is significant (e.g. young children or teens). Note, however, that we do not age level books (e.g., ages 3-5) since many books go across multiple age levels based on the purpose for sharing the book and the life experiences of readers. Instead describe the book in enough depth and with information on the main character so that readers of the review can make their own decisions about audience.
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 and be 500-800 words in length including the bibliographic and author information. Please be sure to double and triple check spelling of author names, book titles, publisher names, etc. Refer to current and past issues for specific formatting. 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 here.
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)
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