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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
Ronald Himler ExhibitThe art of award-winning picturebook illustrator Ronald Himler captures how the resilience of children creates hope for the future. Worlds of Words’ new exhibit, “Creating Hope through Resilience: The Picturebook Art of Ronald Himler” displays original illustrations from his books that lay bare the struggles children face when they grow up near conflict zones. Himler’s artistry features striking watercolors depicting children in global contexts coping with challenging experiences in their lives.

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WOW Currents
I Am Malala cover depicting Malala in a red floral scarf against a teal backgroundSince Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani heroine who propagates education for women, hit the world stage there has been a huge spotlight on her life and activities globally, especially captured and projected in the arena of children’s books. Seemi Aziz focuses on multiple books written by and about Malala and her impact on education for women this month in WOW Currents.

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My Take/Your Take
Cover for Maddi's Fridge by Lois BrandtThis month in My Take Your Take, Celeste Tremble and María Acevedo-Aquino look carefully at stories that examine issues of hunger, poverty and homelessness. In each of the stories, the characters are represented in a dignified and respectful manner. They begin with Maddi’s Fridge, written by Lois Brandt and illustrated by Vin Vogel.

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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