By Grace Fell, Online Content Marketing Intern, Worlds of Words
The new year is almost here, and many people will set reading goals for 2018. In fact, “read more” was the second most popular resolution of 2017, according to Harper’s Bazaar. Those who find children’s literature critical to expanding global perspectives can resolve to stay current with news, trends and events by subscribing to Worlds of Words’ free new e-newsletter.
“We do all the usual online outreach, but we wanted to add a personal touch,” says Rebecca Ballenger, Coordinator of Outreach and Collections at Worlds of Words. “The newsletter is a good way to stay updated on global children’s literature and the feedback from teachers has been strong.”
Among the newsletter offerings are current classroom research, recommendations of diverse literature and events featuring authors and illustrators of children’s and adolescent books. Teachers and parents who want to read multiple perspectives on books can in one glance take in themed blog features such as WOW Currents and My Take/Your Take. Moreover, teachers who hope to start their new year with a global focus can find easy links to resources such as Language and Culture Kit request forms. Everyone is invited to the free events held each month in the collection, but subscribers will be the first to know about them. The WOW newsletter offers an easy way for people with global reading goals to follow through on their resolutions.
WOW’s new e-newsletter is a team effort that began with the WOW Board of Advisors and put into action by Grace Fell, an intern for WOW from the English Department at the University of Arizona. And it seems to be working. Ballenger says that the subscription rate doubled in the first two months, which indicates that people are looking for books featuring less commonly heard voices and that classroom teachers want to read about techniques for sharing those books.
People can subscribe directly to the newsletter.