Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures

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

WOW’s physical collection is closed to the general public due to the pandemic. We will re-open according to guidelines from the University of Arizona, the College of Education, the TLS Department and the Director of WOW. Programming continues where possible, and this website continues to update with new content. If you are a student or instructor in a children’s literature course, you may be able to arrange time to access materials. To make such a request, please complete our online application.

WOW News
Eva Halvax compares a panel from Alma with the original illustration in the WOW Studio.UPDATE: We are looking into how we may provide a virtual tour through this exhibition. Watch for news on this effort through social media or by subscribing to our e-newsletter. Brutal honesty connects award winning illustrators Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle. A new exhibit of original illustrations and picturebooks puts this partnership front and center at the Worlds of Words: Center for Global Literacies and Literatures in the University of Arizona College of Education. Critique to Support and Stretch: A Conversation between Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle is free and open to the public who are encouraged to take in the exhibit and engage in visual critique. It will be on display in Worlds of Words now through August. For more information on the exhibit, see our press release.

See our complete listing of all WOW News announcements.

WOW Currents
Story Boat cover shows two children and a cat sailing in a teacup with a flower for a mast and surrounded by animals and objects.This month, WOW Currents highlights the trends in global books published in the U.S. between Summer 2019 and 2020. Each summer, Kathy Short updates WOW’s K-12 global reading lists, fiction and nonfiction, to share with the education and literary communities. Exploring possible book titles, reading reviews and analyzing themes provides insights into patterns across this annual collection of global books.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
Why Do We Cry cover depicts a person standing in a small pool of water with many tears falling into it. They stand in front of a green background with many plants surrounding them.This month Dorea Kleker and Patricia Castrodad look at picturebooks which contain themes and depictions of strong emotions and discuss how these emotions are handled by the characters, as well as what we can learn from these picturebooks about our own emotions.

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

The collection is temporarily closed to the public. We will resume open reading hours in compliance with UArizona and local, state and national guidelines.