19 episodes

Worlds of Words Center of Global Literacies and Literatures 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. The WOW Reads podcast centers voices of young readers who serve as Reading Ambassadors by engaging in literature discussions and author interviews and sharing books in their school and social contexts. Worlds of Words is a center in the University of Arizona College of Education.

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Worlds of Words Center of Global Literacies and Literatures 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. The WOW Reads podcast centers voices of young readers who serve as Reading Ambassadors by engaging in literature discussions and author interviews and sharing books in their school and social contexts. Worlds of Words is a center in the University of Arizona College of Education.

    WOW Reads: S2, E6 - MSRAP Reads Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera

    WOW Reads: S2, E6 - MSRAP Reads Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera

    Join the Worlds of Words Center Middle School Reading Ambassadors (MSRAP) as we discuss Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera.In this episode, we discuss Other books mentioned in this episode:The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba HigueraWe will post Higuera's graph on our Instagram account at the end of the season. Watch for it there at @WOWTeenAmbassadors.Special shout out to Tucson Festival of Books! Watch for a bonus episode about our experience with the book festival. We are grateful for thei...

    • 18 min
    WOW Reads: S2, E5 - TRAP Reads The Colliding Worlds of Mina Lee by Ellen Oh

    WOW Reads: S2, E5 - TRAP Reads The Colliding Worlds of Mina Lee by Ellen Oh

    Join the Worlds of Words Center Teen Reading Ambassadors (TRAP) as we discuss The Colliding Worlds of Mina Lee by Ellen Oh.Meeting Oh sparked our thinking around diversity in books for teens, book bans, ghost stories, and how far we are willing to go with research in service to story telling. There's plenty of Ellen Oh love in this group.In this episode, we also mention:Sunshine: a currently unpublished webcomic by QuinA-Ha's Take On Me videoWe Need Diverse BooksSpirit Hunter by Ell...

    • 16 min
    WOW Reads: S2, E4 - TRAP Reads Up In Flames by Hailey Alcaraz

    WOW Reads: S2, E4 - TRAP Reads Up In Flames by Hailey Alcaraz

    Join the Worlds of Words Center Teen Reading Ambassadors (TRAP) as we discuss Up In Flames by Hailey Alcaraz.We talk retellings in general and this one specifically as well as new-to-us information about the auction process in publishing in this episode of WOW Reads.Books and other retellings mentioned in this episode:Anna K by Jenny LeeBecause You Love to Hate Me edited by AmerieGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldIliad by HomerMalice by Heather...

    • 24 min
    WOW Reads: Bonus - Reading Ambassadors On the 2024 Caldecott Award

    WOW Reads: Bonus - Reading Ambassadors On the 2024 Caldecott Award

    Join the Worlds of Words Center Middle School Reading Ambassadors (MSRAP) as we discuss our experience participating in a mock Randolph Caldecott Medal award event to determine our winner for the most distinguished artist of an American picturebook.The mock Caldecott event was held in Worlds of Words by Dr. Kathy G. Short and Dr. Desirée Cueto. The American Library Association announced the awards on January 22, 2024, two days after we recorded this episode.Books mentioned in this episode:An ...

    • 12 min
    WOW Reads: S2, E3 - MSRAP Reads The Kingdom Over the Sea by Zohra Nabi

    WOW Reads: S2, E3 - MSRAP Reads The Kingdom Over the Sea by Zohra Nabi

    Join the Worlds of Words Center Middle School Reading Ambassadors (MSRAP) as we discuss The Kingdom Over the Sea by Zohra Nabi.We tested out some new podcasting equipment, so our sound levels aren't that great. You may want to adjust your volume as you listen.In this episode, we discuss how we came to read both the U.K. and U.S. versions, the differences we noticed, and how the versions might affect the reader's experiences. We share our perspectives on how children (real and fictional) ...

    • 22 min
    WOW Reads: S2, E2 - MSRAP Reads Clarice the Brave by Lisa McMann

    WOW Reads: S2, E2 - MSRAP Reads Clarice the Brave by Lisa McMann

    Join the Worlds of Words Center Middle School Reading Ambassadors (MSRAP) as we discuss Clarice the Brave by Lisa McMann.In this episode, the Reading Ambassadors talk about the theme of separation. We also butcher the word "anthropomorphism" to discuss how human characteristics are attributed to the animals in Clarice the Brave. In our off-air literature discussions, we considered anthropomorphism as a basis for banning/challenging books.This podcast was recorded in the Digital Innovation and...

    • 19 min

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