WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom

Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.

 By Annie

WOW (World of Words) Stories: Connections from the Classroom is an online journal sponsored by The University of Arizona College of Education.  The journal’s audience consists of educators, parents, college students, and anyone else who is interested in learning about children’s multicultural literature.  The level of students that the journal is focused on is children and adolescents.  The journal is published throughout the year while anyone can comment in the blog section of the website.

The major focus of this journal is children’s multicultural literature.  The first part is an online journal of reviews on children’s and adolescent multicultural literature that highlights understanding and global perspectives, and the second part is the on-line publication of WOW containing stories written by classroom teachers about children’s experiences reading and responding to the literature. This website shares the idea of bringing books and children together.  WOW wants to encourage people to talk to each other about international literature so that children can think about their own cultures and others; and make a connection between the two.

This is a reader friendly website.  WOW is very easy to navigate and find what you are looking for.  If you want to find a particular book, there is a section to search the books.  I would use the reviews to help me decide which books would be the best to use with my students.  I also really like the blog section.  You are able to read how another teacher used a particular book and how it worked for them.  It is important to get different opinions when trying new literature; what worked for one teacher may not work for another.  I am also impressed with the Board of Advisors.  These advisors come from as far from Saudi Arabia and Cavehill, Barbados to Austin and Edinburg, Texas.  That’s when I know that truly this website is working together across different cultures.  This is another great resource for books in general.  If you are buying books for your classroom, this is a good place to start.  WOW believes in dialogue about different cultures; the best place to start would be in your classroom!

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