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

WOW News
Globalizing the Common Core State Standards, Odyssey 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. For more information on the project, read our press release.

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WOW Currents
Own Voices Sherman AlexieCeleste talks about Indigenous children’s literature including #OwnVoices, comics and dystopia in June’s WOW Currents. She begins with an exploration of how to come to terms with Sherman Alexie and the #MeToo movement when his books represent the literature that resonates most with her American Indian students.

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My Take/Your Take
Life without NicoThe current emphasis in schools on developing emotional health in children prompted the selection of books for June’s My Take/Your Take. The four titles selected focus on emotions common to children (loss, fear, anger) but with a twist. Additionally, the focus is on the great story–not on a list of coping skills found in the end matter and meant to teach children and parents. We begin by discussing Life Without Nico.

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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