Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures

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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 and will be so for the foreseeable future. Rather than guess at a re-open date, we will make an announcement when that information is confirmed by the University of Arizona, the College of Education, the TLSS Department and the Director of WOW. Programming continues where possible, notably with the WOW Teen Reading Ambassadors, and this website continues to update with new content weekly. Questions can be sent to

WOW News
Eva Halvax compares a panel from Alma with the original illustration in the WOW Studio.UPDATE: We are looking into how we may provide a virtual tour through this exhibition. Watch for news on this effort through social media or by subscribing to our e-newsletter. Brutal honesty connects award winning illustrators Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle. A new exhibit of original illustrations and picturebooks puts this partnership front and center at the Worlds of Words: Center for Global Literacies and Literatures in the University of Arizona College of Education. Critique to Support and Stretch: A Conversation between Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle is free and open to the public who are encouraged to take in the exhibit and engage in visual critique. It will be on display in Worlds of Words now through August. For more information on the exhibit, see our press release.

See our complete listing of all WOW News announcements.

WOW Currents
Story Boat cover shows two children and a cat sailing in a teacup with a flower for a mast and surrounded by animals and objects.This month, WOW Currents highlights the trends in global books published in the U.S. between Summer 2019 and 2020. Each summer, Kathy Short updates WOW’s K-12 global reading lists, fiction and nonfiction, to share with the education and literary communities. Exploring possible book titles, reading reviews and analyzing themes provides insights into patterns across this annual collection of global books.

See our complete listing of all WOW Currents entries.

My Take/Your Take
The Bridge Home cover depicts four children and a dog running over a bridge with a city skyline in the warm orange background.This month, Holly Johnson and Jean Schroeder look at books that address the concept of home and how that concept might be different from the typical or stereotypical. With The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman, they begin with a group of orphans living under a bridge in Chennai, India, and then they move to a book about a young girl who understands home is where her dog is. Holly and Jean then discuss a longer migration that involves moving from Syria to the U.S., and they end with the concept of home perhaps being an object of hope we can hold in our hands, keep in our hearts or imagine with our minds.

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.