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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
Cover for Guided Inquiry Design: A framework for Inquiry in Your SchoolThis summer, Judi Moreillon taught an 8-week online course, “Informational Books and Resources for Youth.” The students participating in the course were practicing school librarians or preservice school or public library children’s and teen services librarians. They “met” virtually face-to-face in the online classroom 2 hours each week. The primary course objective is for students to identify, curate and present purposeful, relevant, current, accurate, authoritative and inclusive print and digital resources to support collection development and provide curriculum and programming support.

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My Take/Your Take
the bridge home cover features four children and a dog crossing a bridge with an Indian city in the backgroundMichele Ebersole and Yoo Kyung Sung explore the deep and complicated theme of “sense of belonging.” Michele began by creating a text set with a focus of sense of Hawai’i. When she shared it with Yoo Kyung, it helped them explore that sense of place could be a sense of belonging, sense of responsibility, sense of excellence, sense of total well-being, sense of aloha, etc. Perhaps for New Mexico, it would take a sense of high desert, turquoise, Indigenousness, and sense of North and South. They think that “sense of belonging” may capture different dynamics in stories of communities and also reflect young people’s lives within a community as space. The four books they chose illustrate various faces of communities; they show that community is something you enter as a new member and sometimes you are a small community itself.

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.

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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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