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Worlds of Words: Center of Global Literacies and Literatures

Open a book . . . Open a mind . . . Change the world!

Worlds of Words is committed to creating an international network of people who share the vision of bringing books and children together, thereby opening windows on the world. We encourage thoughtful dialogue around global literature so that children can reflect on their own cultural experiences and connect to the experiences of children across the globe.

The center holds an estimated 40,000 volumes of children’s and adolescent literature focusing on world cultures and Indigenous peoples. Additional holdings include original art from published picturebook illustrators and other artifacts. Housed at the University of Arizona, College of Education, Worlds of Words has a large collection space along with a special collections room, studio, offices, visiting scholar office, and a classroom. The space is open to the public and used for a variety of events and functions.

Resources

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PD Spotlight: Worlds of Words

Kathy Short provides information about Worlds of Words.

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Imagination Friday with David Bowles and Charlene Bowles

Join us for an amazing adventure! David and Charlene will talk about their graphic novel, Rise of the Halfling King.

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Imagination Friday with Max Brallier

Meet Max Brallier, author of the Last Kids on Earth series.

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Imagination Friday with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal

Meet Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal and hear about their award-winning picturebook, Fry Bread: A Native...

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Imagination Friday with Molly Idle and Beth Ferry

Meet Molly Idle and Beth Ferry and hear about their new picturebook, We Believe in You. Animals inspire their little...

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Imagination Friday with Gordon C. James

Meet illustrator Gordon C. James, and hear about his new book, I am Every Good Thing, written by Derrick Barnes.

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Imagination Friday with Andy Griffiths

Come laugh with international superstar, Andy Griffiths, the bestselling author of the Treehouse chapter book series...

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Imagination Friday with Michael Rex

Come join us for some fantastic fun! At this event, We’re Going on a Goon Hunt with Michael Rex with…

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Imagination Friday with Sherri Duskey Rinker

Join Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of Construction Site Mission: Demolition! for Imagination Friday followed by a Q&A.

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Imagination Friday with Christina Soontornvat

Join Christina Soontornvat author of "All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Boys Tai Soccer Team"

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Imagination Friday with Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg

Meet the author and illustrator of AstroNuts, a new series by Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg.

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Imagination Friday with Rashin Kheiriyeh

Join WOW & Tucson Festival of Books to meet Rashin Kheiriyeh, author/illustrator of a new picturebook, Bahar the Lucky.