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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.
The Tucson Festival of Books goes virtual March 6-7, 2021! Worlds of Worlds has been involved with the festival since its inception, and we will continue this year as your guide for the Children’s and Teens sessions, which take place on three stages at four time intervals over the two days. We created a schedule grid for these sessions that you can download as a PDF. For the full and accessible schedule, visit the Tucson Festival of Books website.
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For the month of April, Janelle Mathis discusses key titles published in 2020 around these themes: Picturebooks created by authors and illustrators outside the USA; picturebooks celebrating unique cultural highlights particular to Black families; children’s socio-emotional issues, such as fear or worry, and identity affirmation; issues of family loss through death and separation in adolescent novels.
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My Take/Your Take
Beginning 2021, Seemi Aziz and Melissa Wilson discuss picturebooks that can help children understand and practice mindfulness as a resource for both children and adults to cope with the increasing stresses in our world.
∞ 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
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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
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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.
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The collection is temporarily closed to the public. We will resume open reading hours in compliance with UArizona and local, state and national guidelines.