This year I have enjoyed serving on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Book Award Committee with USBBY, the United States Board on Books for Young People. Our chair, Dr. Kathy Short, is a professor at the University of Arizona, College of Education in Tucson. She is the Director of an exciting project called Worlds of Words. Their mission:
“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.”
This University special collection houses over 30,000 volumes focusing on world cultures and indigenous peoples. The website is easy to use and full of valuable information and links. Today I would like to highlight one publication. It is this document on how to evaluate global literature. This is an important tool for librarians and others who review and purchase books for children.
World of Words also accepts manuscripts. Take a look at their site and get excited about global literature for young people! If you live in near Tucson, here is the full contact information. If you are a student considering education as a career, take a look at the University of Arizona.
College of Education
University of Arizona1430 East Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Open Reading Hours: Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.