May 27, 2022

All About “Worlds of Words” at the University of Arizona (Largest Collection of Children’s Literature in the United States)

From The Daily Wildcat:

There are a lot of hidden gems at the University of Arizona, but what most people don’t know is that the fourth floor of the College of Education building houses the United States’ largest collection of global children’s literature, estimated at about 40,000 books, known formally as Worlds of Words.


The WOW collection includes books from all different countries and continents. There are sections for LGBTQ+, in-state Arizona literature and even the honors books from the International Board on Books for Young People’s Honour List from the past two years.


The WOW mission statement, according to their website, is: “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.”

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From the Worlds of Words Website:

The web site for Worlds of Words includes a searchable data base, a journal of critical book reviews, a journal of classroom vignettes, a weekly blog, book conversations, and a section of resources in response to these needs. All of the journals and resources on the site are available free in order to provide the widest access possible.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.