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June 14, 2017
Daily Wildcat: Boos and Bravos

Bravo to Worlds of Words for adding a world language section. The research center received donations of 1,000 books from students, faculty and other supporters within the community.

June 6, 2017
UA News: UA’s Worlds of Words Grows by 1K New Books

Soviet-era PicturebooksWorlds of Words in the University of Arizona’s College of Education has added a World Language collection with more than 1,000 donated texts to its main collection of 36,000 global books. Most of the newly donated books have been provided by students, faculty members and other friends of the collection. And of the new donations, more than 300 books in Russian came directly from UA faculty members Brenda Frye and Sergey Cherkis.

April 14, 2017
Daily Wildcat: Worlds of Words coordinator finds passion in connecting people with literature

Daily Wildcat Rebecca Ballenger CoordinatorAs Collections and Outreach coordinator at Worlds of Words, Ballenger organizes materials, events and exhibits at the extensive global literature resource center housed in the UA Education building in order to connect the Tucson community with their exclusive collection of global children’s books and artwork.

March 10, 2017
Daily Wildcat: Festival of Books showcases literacy in Tucson

Nestled on the fourth floor of the education building at the UA, the newly renovated Worlds of Words center houses one of the largest collection of global children and adolescent books in the United States. It also hosts many artists and scholars in residence.

January 11, 2017
UA News: Four Questions: Global Citizenship as a Necessity, Not a Luxury

“Four Questions” is an occasional feature in which UANews asks experts from the UA for their perspective on current events or pop culture. WOW Director Kathy Short answered questions about teaching adults as well as children and adolescents about global citizenship through reading.

August 10, 2016
UA News: Campus Spaces Reveal an Array of Art and Collections

The UA’s College of Education Worlds of Words has nearly 100 pieces of original art in the collection, about half of which are on public display in the studio, main space and Mary J. Wong/Grace Lin collections.

July 1, 2016
UA News: Worlds of Words Secures Donation of Original Art from Award-Winning Illustrator

Floyd Cooper DonationIn a collection already bursting with important works by children’s book illustrators, Worlds of Words added one more. The untitled piece from “In the Land of Milk and Honey” by award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper recently went on display in the University of Arizona collection, housed in the College of Education.

February 15, 2016
UA News: UA Literacy Efforts Strengthen Mexico Communities

The College of Education’s Worlds of Words, in collaboration with Resplandor International, is expanding in Mexico, launching a visiting scholar program in honor of the late Richard Ruiz — and growing its library. Roughly 10 miles outside of Guanajuato, Mexico, sits the home base for Resplandor International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization founded with a desire by those at the University of Arizona to enrich cross-border cultural competency and promote economic development through education.

November 19, 2015
Education Week: Stories and Standards: Opening the World Through Global Literacy Communities

This week a new resource shares strategies and tools to engage students and educators with books from around the world. Kathy Short, director of Worlds of Words and Jennifer Manise, Executive Director of Longview Foundation, share how global stories are effective classroom tools.

July 20, 2014
Barbara Gowan Blog

What is TFOB and WOW? Tucson Festival of Books and Worlds of Words. Both are located at the University of Arizona. The Tucson Festival of Books is a weekend of author spotlights and presentations, kids’ activities, book vendors and displays, top notch entertainment, Science City and much more! In addition to all the festival activities, I had the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled Worlds of Words in the College of Education at the U of A.

March 19, 2014
Lenore Look Blog: Tucson Festival of Books

Kathy and Jerry Short TFOBDear Reader, I just had the most incredible weekend. I went to the Tucson Festival of Books (a k a @TFOB). When you’re an author, you must go to this. Kathy Short is a super-duper VIP in the world of children’s lit. So you can imagine my surprise to find myself seated at her table. And you can imagine my further surprise when the MC mentioned my name as an example of the authors Kathy brought to this year’s festival. Really? Me?

November 8, 2012
Arizona Daily Star: Book festival award of $200K going to UA, 2 literacy groups

During the celebration at the UA College of Education, Finland’s ambassador to the United States, Ritva Koukka-Ronde, will award a Finnish language and culture book kit to Worlds of Words, a collection of international children’s and adolescent literature.

January 5, 2012
UA News: Worlds of Words Brings Together Arizona Authors, Children

Housed by the University of Arizona College of Education, Worlds of Words exposes children to different cultures through its collection of international literature. Each month, WOW hosts an event as part of its Book Fiesta program where it invites Arizona authors and illustrators to bring a new book and a writing activity to share with local children. (Video)

November 3, 2010
ALA Connect

The Worlds of Words website provides many useful resources for building bridges between cultures. These resources include multiple strategies for locating and evaluating culturally authentic international children’s and adolescent literature as well as ways of engaging students with these books in classrooms and libraries. Critical annotations are available and can be sorted by geographic region, age or region.

2 thoughts on “News

  1. Annette Fiedler says:

    WOW! I would love my 5 year old to participate in these wonderful literature activities, however we do not live in Arizona! This sounds like an enjoyable learning opportunity for any parent, teacher, and child. Thank you for putting together these fantasitic literature events for children of the world.

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