Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures

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.

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
Tucson Festival of Books logo with sponsors listedWorlds of Words and the Tucson Festival of Books partnered to bring excitement and fun to children with our limited series, Imagination Friday. Each Friday at 1 p.m., an author or illustrator appears virtually to discuss their books live with children in classrooms and at home. These bestselling creators do a brief presentation, lead activities and answer questions. This weekly series runs from September through December 2020, and each session is recorded and posted online to be viewed again at a later time. For upcoming Imagination Fridays, visit our calendar. Or catch up on Imagination Fridays watch the recordings.

See our complete listing of all WOW News announcements.

WOW Currents
To begin 2021, this month’s WOW Currents features Karen Matis and Charlene K. Endrizzi, who will be providing a month look at picture book biographies filled with stories of courageous, determined global citizens that will especially appeal to adolescents. The selected biographies they share present “Hidden Stories” of diverse writers, historical figures,
mathematicians and scientists, all courageous activists who tackled their own set of problems in by-gone years.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
For the final month of this year’s MYTY, Marilyn Carpenter and Holly Johnson present four stories from around the world that highlight events in which incidents of unexpected and courageous kindness shine within dire to horrendous circumstances.

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.