Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures

Open a book . . .

Open a mind . . .

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Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures builds bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature.

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WOW News
Young woman examines Ali Mitgutsch books closely.A thousand stories await discovery on every page of a wimmelbook: Where is the girl with the balloon going? And the dog with the bone? Why are those two boys wrestling? In 1968, Ali Mitgutsch created his first wimmelbook in Germany, Rundherum in meiner Stadt (All Around My Town), and since then these picturebooks have become a regular presence in many children’s libraries. For a limited time, Arizonans can take in The Whole World on One Page: International Wimmelbooks at the Worlds of Words Center of Global Literacies and Literatures (WOW) in the UArizona College of Education. Read More…

world continents with titular information and WOW and CERCLL logos The Worlds of Words Center, in partnership with Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), presents Global Literacy Communities: Creating Curriculum that is Intercultural by Cynthia K. Ryman and Kathy G. Short. This publication provides examples of how PreK-12 teachers worked together to integrate global literature into their classrooms, particularly around a curriculum framework that encourages students to develop intercultural understanding. Free download available. Read More…

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WOW Currents
Each February ushers in the next Superbowl focused on male athletes with a cast of supporters – bubbly cheerleaders, enthusiastic fans, sports broadcasters and medical personnel. Although Title IX mandates from the 1970s helped female and nonbinary athletes make strides toward greater athletic equity, male athletes continue to dominate sports like football. Even children’s books tend to highlight male sports figures and their achievements before taking a look at female athletes.

This month’s blog explores steps taken following Title IX legislation and female athletic agency. Charlene and I share children’s picturebooks showcasing female athletes and their drive to be competitive. Athletic agency carries multiple meanings including a strong commitment to training, practicing, and competing in a chosen sport. For some, obstacles divert and new strategies and plans are needed to make progress. We encourage teachers and librarians to hunt diligently for sports-focused children’s and Y.A. books featuring females and non-binary athletes.

University of Arizona garden with three saguarosWe the People: Migrant Waves in the Making of America, an institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, challenged the perception that migration is a recent negative phenomenon. This special series features pieces written by institute participants.

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WOW Dozen
A smiling girl wearing a dress and headscarf paints a bench and the skyChildren around the world go to school, but the ways they do so and what happens once they arrive appears very different in diverse places. No matter what it looks like, schools are places of friendship, growth and learning for most children, but they are also situated in a political and cultural context that is worthy of exploration. In this collection of picturebooks, Janine Schall share different depictions of the school experience from around the world.

See a complete list of Dozens in our WOW Dozen archive.

∞ WOW Stories, WOW Review and WOW Libros are accepting submissions. Our online journals are available to you without subscription, membership or fee requirements. We are proud to offer these journals and want to hear from you. E-mail us with questions, feedback and submissions.

WOW Stories
Image of a group of four young children rolling balloons in a tray of flour. In the back are two red balloons, while the children closer to the camera ar eusing green (left side) and white (right side).WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is a regular on-line publication of Worlds of Words containing vignettes written by educators about children’s experiences reading and responding to literature. If you would like to submit to WOW Stories, please see our current call and guidelines. ISSN 2577-0551

See our complete listing of all WOW Stories issues.

WOW Review
rabbit with an over the shoulder pouch points down a pathwayWOW Review: Reading Across Cultures is a regular on-line publication of Worlds of Words containing reviews of selected books to be published quarterly. The reviews are careful examinations of the books, primarily focused on the cultural authenticity of the text and illustrations. If you would like to submit to WOW Review, please see our current call and guidelines. ISSN 2577-0527

See our complete listing of all WOW Review issues.

WOW Libros
Cover of Maria la dura en: no quiero ser ninja depicting a girl with short brown hair in a yellow karate gi, one hand extended to chop the viewer. She is in space and in the background behind her is a large ball of fire.WOW Libros: Leyendo entre palabras is a regular on-line publication of Worlds of Words containing Spanish-language reviews of Spanish-language books. If you would like to submit to WOW Libros, please see our current call guidelines.

See our complete listing of all WOW Libros issues

Journey through Worlds of Words during our open reading hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exceptions include holidays and UArizona closures.

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