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Worlds of Words builds bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature.

WOW News
Two young children seriously considering the book, Flotsam by David WiesnerWorlds of Words in the University of Arizona College of Education launches “Visual Narratives: Connecting Across Languages and Cultures,” an exhibit of global picturebooks that tell stories primarily through visual images. The exhibit is inspired by the “Silent Books, from the World to Lampedusa and Back,” a traveling exhibit of global books from the International Board on Books for Young People. The exhibit is on display now through December 2019 with an open reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on July 25. For more information on the exhibit, see our press release. For more information on the reception, check out our event listing.

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WOW Currents
Cuatrogatos award This month, Andrea García, a teacher, educator and a literacy consultant in both Mexico and the United States, discusses how Spanish literature is not as prominent in children’s and YA lit as it should be. There is still a great need to diversify the choices offered to younger readers, particularly stories with authentic and contemporary representations of traditionally marginalized identities across ethnicity, race, gender, ability, and so on. Check back every Monday to learn more about the under representation.

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My Take/Your Take
Angel Thieves Cover This month, Jean Schroeder and Holly Johnson discuss the theme of Connections Across Differences Create Community. There are particular relationships that make others wonder how they work, such as cats and ducks being friends. Jean and Holly explore four books that feature unusual relationships and the intriguing communities that come to be from them.

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 and WOW Review are accepting submissions. Our two 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 Review
Book cover for Wangari Maathai
WOW 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

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WOW Stories
Estevan's Song, WOW Stories V5 I4 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

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WOW Libros
Un nido para Fito por Lía SchenckWOW 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.

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