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!
Our field lost a scholar of children’s literature, and we lost a treasured friend and colleague when Vivian Yenika-Agbaw passed away on September 20, 2021. We hold Vivian in our hearts and minds as a demonstration of what it means to be a dedicated scholar and remarkable human being who changed the world.
The exhibit, Around the World in 70 Maps: Three Centuries of Cartographic Treasures from Children’s Literature, has itself traveled around the world. However, the Center is the first venue in the U.S. to show this imaginative collection from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany.
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Throughout the year, a member of the Worlds of Words community recommends a book for others to enjoy. For the last WOW Currents of 2021, Holly Johnson will be reviewing all books in this year’s WOW Recommends, which include six middle/secondary school novels, one graphic novel and five picturebooks worthy of a second look. Read more…
We the People: Migrant Waves in the Making of America, an institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, challenged the perception that migration is a recent negative phenomenon. This special series features pieces written by institute participants.
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My Take/Your Take
For the month of September, Jean Schroeder and Holly Johnson give their takes on four pieces of historical fiction that are relevant to current issues. They also revisit two novels that are considered classic novels while introducing a couple of newer historical fiction novels that are relevant parts of longer conversations addressing displacement, gender, the environment, race, struggle, and advocacy. .
∞ 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: 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: 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: 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.
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