WOW Stories: Volume XI, Issue 1 (Summer 2024)

WOW Stories: Volume XI, Issue 1
Nurturing Critical Space with Stories and Communities
Summer 2024

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 the Editors’ Note
Yoo Kyung Sung and Julia López-Robertson

Interrogating Anti-Asian Racism: Children’s Literature as a Nexus for Racial Literacy
Wenyu Guo

Using Picture Books to Promote Home Literacy and Social Emotional Learning
Eun Hye Son and YuWen Chen

Displaying Heritage Knowledge in a Korean-English Family Literacy Exploration
Jongsun Wee and Denise Dávila

Inquiry About Censorship and Intellectual Freedom in Professional Development and the Classroom
Junko Sakoi and Yoo Kyung Sung

Teen Reading Ambassador Program: Captivating Teen Readers
Cynthia K. Ryman and Rebecca Ballenger

WOW Visual Stories

Embracing Guatemalan Cultural Heritage: Classroom Celebrations during Hispanic Heritage Month
Mikayla Carter

Yoo Kyung Sung, Lead editor
Julia López-Robertson, Co-editor

Review Board:
Mary Starrs Armstrong, Anchorage, AK
Deanna Day-Wiff, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Jeanne Fain, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Mary Fahrenbruck, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Lauren Freedman, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Andrea García, Insight Policy Research, Austin, TX
Dorea Kleker, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
EnHye Lee, Yong In University, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Judi Moreillon, Tucson, AZ
Cynthia K. Ryman, California State University Monterey Bay, Marina, CA
Tracy Smiles, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
Monique Storie, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam
Deonna Tourtellot, Red Rock Elementary School, Red Rock, AZ
Melissa Wilson, Cardiff, Wales

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

Authors retain copyright over the vignettes published in this journal and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under the following Creative Commons License:

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WOW stories: connections from the classroom
ISSN 2577-0551