WOW Stories Volume X, Issue 1

WOW Stories: Volume X, Issue 1
Global Literacy Communities: Developing Critical Thinking through Global Literature
Spring 2022

WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is a regular on-line publication of WOW containing vignettes written by classroom educators about children’s experiences reading and responding to literature in the classroom setting.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Editor’s Note
Kathy G. Short, Guest Editor

Global Literature and the Pandemic

Exploring Global Books Critically in the Classroom During a Pandemic
J.E. Moss: Jeanne Gilliam Fain, Kathryn Hall, Alexandra Hammond, Denise Lancaster, Molly Miller, Kahla Smith, Elizabeth Weisenfelder, and Melissa Williams

Developing the Multimodal Language and Literacy Skills of Emerging Bilingual Students through Children’s Literature
Atlanta: Chang Pu, Yuan Chen, Rebekah Gooding, and Sarah Williams

Connecting to and Expanding Global Identities

Belizean Voices: Reflection, Consideration, and Response
Belize: Sue Christian Parsons with Erica Aguilar, Melissa Bradley, Yvonne Howell, Ray Lawrence, Rashid Murillo, Guadencio Muxul, Denise Neal, Ruth Reneau, Tanesha Ross, and Gwendolyn Usher

Exploring Children’s Rights through a Global Literacy Community in the Land of Enchantment
New Mexico: Yoo Kyung Sung, Diana Botello, Amber Gordon, and Melody Magor-Begay

Locating Global Literature

Increasing Global Literature in the Library
Startown: Elizabeth Farris and the Startown Global Literacy Community

Going Global with Literature
Forest Hills: Andi Webb

Kathy G. Short, Guest Editor

Review Board:
Mary Starrs Armstrong, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Deanna Day-Wiff, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Jeanne Fain, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Lauren Freedman, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Andrea García, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Dorea Kleker, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Julia López-Robertson, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Judi Moreillon, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Monique Storie, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam
Melissa B. Wilson, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Production Editor:
Aika Adamson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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WOW stories: connections from the classroom
ISSN 2577-0551