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

WOW Resources
Globalizing the Common Core State Standards, Parrish Ballenger reads Odyssey a Graphic NovelThe Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their variations influence K-12 curriculum, particularly in the teaching of literacy, across the U.S. and internationally. With funds from the Center for Educational Resources in Culture Language and Literacy (CERCLL), Worlds of Words (WOW) in the University of Arizona College of Education offers an alternative to the CCSS text exemplar list to assist educators searching for ways to globalize their classrooms and libraries. Explore our global reading lists for K-12.

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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
Book Cover for Eye Spy using black and yellow orange tones features an up close look at a cheetah eye.For July’s WOW Currents, Susan Corapi, who served on the 2019 USBBY Outstanding International Book committee, profiles titles from that list that serve to develop characteristics of intercultural competence in readers. She selects one characteristic each week, pairing it with outstanding international books that can provide examples (or non-examples) of the characteristic.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
the night diary veera hiranandaniSeemi and Celeste focus on the theme of displacement and its representations in young adult and children’s literature in this July’s My Take/Your Take. With the present day global and national focus on anti-immigration and children being kept is cages point towards the necessity of giving this theme attention in any or all forums that we as citizens have access to. The textset within this forum includes strong narratives that speak to the issue in various parts of the world, some as historical present and others as historical past that still seems relevant to today. The five books to be discussed are The Night Diary, The Bone Sparrow and Guantanamo Boy, Internment, Amal Unbound, and Saltiepie.

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
Akata WitchWOW 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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