Two of My Favorite Books: The Kuia and the Spider and The Bomb

By Nicola Daly, The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, New Zealand

Cover of The Kuia and the Spider depicting an old woman sitting in a chair in a kitchen looking towards a spider in the upper right cornerIn this post I’d like to share two of my favorite New Zealand picturebooks. One is an absolute classic published back in 1981, The Kuia and the Spider/Te Kuia me te pungawerewere by Patricia Grace and Robyn Kahukiwa (Penguin), and the other, The Bomb/Te Pohū by Sarah Cotter and Josh Morgan (Huia, 2019) is the 2019 New Zealand Children and Young People’s Picturebook of the the year and overall book of the year. They span an era in New Zealand children’s publishing which has seen the increase of local authors being published, and an era during which there has been a Renaissance of the Māori culture and language. Continue reading

Dual Language Picturebooks in Multilingual Classrooms

Portrait of Nicola DalyWorlds of Words offers a professional learning opportunity with New Zealand Fulbright scholar, Nicola Daly. Join us for an interactive workshop for educators with time to explore:

• What are the different types of dual language picturebooks?
• What “hidden messages” might these books be sending in their format and design? What should teachers be aware of when selecting these books?
• How can these books be used in classrooms?
• What are the resources and initiatives in New Zealand to support Māori as an official language? What might we learn from these initiatives?

There will be time to explore dual language books in a range of languages, including a great selection of books from New Zealand.

Nicola Daly, a visiting Fulbright Scholar, is a senior lecturer at Te Hononga, the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education, where she focuses on language learning and children’s literature. Her research explores New Zealand picturebooks and the linguistic landscapes of dual language picturebooks. Her books include Children’s Literature in Multilingual Classrooms and Children’s Literature in a Multiliterate World.

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Directing the Waikato Picturebook Research Unit

By Nicola Daly, The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, New Zealand

Cover depicts woman in Victorian era clothing with suffragettes behind herIn 2016, I established the Waikato Picturebook Research Unit based in the Division of Education at the University of Waikato. Its stated aim is to research and analyze the picturebook form and exploring its pedagogical potentials. Together with my colleague Dr. Janette Kelly-Ware, we are gradually building the activities of WaiPRU, as we call it. Continue reading

Being a Fulbright Scholar in the Worlds of Words Center

By Nicola Daly, The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, New Zealand

Portrait of Nicola DalyBeing a Fulbright Scholar in Worlds of Words is an amazing privilege. I arrived here in late October 2019 and will leave at the end of February 2020, after a four-month period. There are many scholarships available through Fulbright, all of them encouraging exchange between the United States and another country in the world. The Fulbright program was started in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright with the express purpose of fostering international exchange to encourage world peace and understanding. There are a range of exchanges available for teachers, postgraduate students and academics between the United States and approximately 160 counties in a range of 8,000 grants annually. Since its inception, there have been over 370,000 Fulbrighters who have participated in the program. Continue reading

Authors' Corner

Authors’ Corner: Darryn Joseph

By Nicola Daly, WOW Scholar-in-Residence, New Zealand Fulbright Scholar, University of Waikato

Darryn Joseph is an author/illustrator based in Aotearoa/New Zealand with affiliations to the Ngāti Maniapoto tribe. He is also a university senior lecturer (a professor in American terminology) of Te Reo Māori, the Māori language at Massey University in Te Ika a Māui, the North island of New Zealand. In 2003, he won an award for a short story written in Te Reo Māori and was then commissioned by Huia Publishers (based in Wellington) to write a sci-fi chapter book in Te Reo Māori. RT3: Ki Tua o Rangi Ātea (2004) led to two further books in a trilogy: RT3: Ki Tua o K-T-Pae (2005) and RT3: Ki Tua o Tāwauwau (2006). In 2010, Hewa won the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) Te Kura Pounamu Award for children’s books in Te Reo Māori. According to Darryn, “Hewa is about a boy who wants to help protect his family and friends from a baddie. It involves American military software, a futuristic battleship called the USS Barack Obama and artificial intelligences gaining sentience and self determination.”

Head shot of Darryn Joseph. Behind him is one of his paintings of bold strokes in green and red. Continue reading

Brownbag: An Introduction to Aotearoa/New Zealand Children’s Literature with Nicola Daly

Portrait of Nicola DalyJoin us to meet Nicola Daly and explore the exciting world of children’s books in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This presentation features the trends and themes in these books and introduces both established and new authors/illustrators. These trends include a significant presence and emphasis on books highlighting Māori culture and language and the publication of many dual language picturebooks.

Dr. Daly, a visiting Fulbright Scholar, is a senior lecturer at Te Hononga, the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education, where she focuses on language learning and children’s literature. Her research explores New Zealand picturebooks and the linguistic landscapes of dual language picturebooks. Her books include Children’s Literature in Multilingual Classrooms and Children’s Literature in a Multiliterate World.

Event details may change.

To request disability-related accommodations that would ensure your full participation in this event, please email wow@email.arizona.edu  or call 520.621.9340.