September 24, 2018 / Modified sep 24, 2018 1:40 p.m.

Endowment to Support Global-Literature Collection for Kids

The nation’s largest collection of global children’s and teen literature has received a $1 million endowment to support future teaching and scholarship.

Worlds of Words library Worlds of Words has a 40,000-book collection and is housed at the University of Arizona College of Education. (PHOTO: Nick O'Gara, AZPM)

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The nation’s largest collection of children’s and teen global literature has received a $1 million endowment to support future teaching and scholarship.

The 40,000-book collection, called Worlds of Words, is housed at the University of Arizona College of Education. Director Kathy Short says they aim to encourage teachers, librarians, parents and students to become aware of the global literature being published in the U.S.

“We’re really looking at how both children’s and teens' interactions around global literature can help them build intercultural understanding,” Short said.

Short and her husband wanted to create an endowed chair at the collection and sustain the scholarship and teaching efforts that accompany the books.

“The mission of Worlds of Words is something I’m very passionate about. I see what a difference immersing children and teens into literature that takes them into a culture that’s not their own, how that transforms their understandings and allows them to be more open.”

Short says the collection is open to anyone, of any age.

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