Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures

Open a book . . .

Open a mind . . .

Change the world!

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

The WOW Center is now accepting reservations for field trips and tours! We have opened according to guidelines from the University of Arizona, the College of Education, the TLS Department and the Director of WOW. Visit our Field Trips and Tours page to find our online application or to learn more about our offerings–including virtual visits!

WOW News
Worlds of Words opens its newest exhibit, Around the World in 70 Maps: Three Centuries of Cartographic Treasures from Children’s Literature, making it the first venue in the U.S. to show this imaginative collection from the International Youth Library (IYL) in Munich, Germany. “This set of posters and books provides global perspectives on mapping as a way we make sense of our lives and sort out significance and relationships in the world, not just in story,” says Short. Read more about this exciting news.

See our complete listing of all WOW News announcements.

WOW Currents
Boy wearing headphones looks out a window at European-style houses that cast a shadow of Middle Eastern buildings on the wall behind him.This month, WOW Currents highlights the trends in global books published in the U.S. between Summer 2020 and 2021. The list was created by exploring new books and reading reviews to create an update of the K-12 global reading lists, fiction and nonfiction, to post on the Worlds of Words website. This update also provides an opportunity to identify trends and patterns across this annual collection of global books.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
When We Were Alone book cover features two girls in school uniforms on their stomachs on a bed of leaves.For the month of August, Kristen Suagee-Beauduy and Celeste Trimble take a closer look at the most recently published picturebooks about Indigenous residential schooling in Canada, and discuss how these stories are told and how discussions about residential schools can be had with children after reading these picturebooks.

Take a look at our thematic index of books featured on My Take/Your Take. We also have an archive of My Take/Your Take books.

∞ 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
Book cover for Wangari MaathaiWOW 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.

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.