21 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, Bonus - End of Year Review

    WOW Reads: S2, Bonus - End of Year Review

    "We had ups." - GabrielWorlds of Words Center Middle School and Teen Reading Ambassadors discuss the past academic year as they read and promoted reading together.As each group read their four novels, we encountered issues around banned books, school libraries, and talking to grownups. We learned about the process of creating and promoting books for young people and are grateful for the diversity brought to us by authors who shared their work with us. Finally, we explore stereotypes of high s...

    • 25 min
    WOW Reads: S2, E7 - RAP Reads A Little Like Waking by Adam Rex

    WOW Reads: S2, E7 - RAP Reads A Little Like Waking by Adam Rex

    Join the Worlds of Words Center Middle School and Teen Reading Ambassadors as we discuss A Little Like Waking by Adam Rex.We open the episode by describing our time with Rex as "meeting a legend in person." We chat about dreams and love and the duality of both. We also discuss getting back on the proverbial bike and whether we need a push off a cliff or to jump on our own.We failed to talk about the book illustrations in this podcast, so watch for that in our bonus year-end recap episode. Lis...

    • 17 min
    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

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