Worlds of Words

Open a book . . .

Open a mind . . .

Open the world!

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

WOW News
Carolina Hoyos reads Refugee by Alan Grats, the inaugural book for the Teen Reading Ambassador initiative.Worlds of Words opened applications for a pilot program that positions local teens as reading ambassadors in their own high schools. Teens in the program interact with published authors of young adult literature, receive books by that author and share their experience with their peers to promote reading in their school communities. The Teen Reading Ambassador (TRA) initiative is administered by WOW in the University of Arizona College of Education. For more information, click here.

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WOW Currents
Publication PracticesFor the month of December, Judi Moreillon interviews children’s librarian Mary Margaret Mercado, from Pima County Public Library. After an introductory post, she organizes the interview around three aspects of authenticity and accuracy. Moreillion and Mercado discuss the inaccuracies that can result when an author, illustrator or translator lacks cultural knowledge in Part 2. They focus on authenticity and accuracy in story and illustration in Part 3. In Part 4, they explore the accuracy of information gleaned from research or first-hand experience.

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My Take/Your Take
The Fox and the WildFor the month of January, My Take/Your Take our readers wonder if the representation or characterization of the fox had changed from the traditional portrayal as a sly personality in trickster tales, classics or modern tales. Are fox characters more empathetic?

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 Review

Volume X Issue 1 of WOW Review takes on a series of chapter books, picturebooks, and novels that investigate change, choice, and transitions. These stories look at what it means to belong and the many ways that we can help each other find our place in the world. They inspire kindness, acceptance, and understanding in the face of adversity.

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WOW Stories
The latest issue of WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom, Opportunities for Inquiry into Critical and Global Issues through Literature, examines how exploring culture and identity can bring students closer to themselves and their understanding of the world around them.

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