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Holiday shopping? 12 global children's books for history buffs

Posted on November 14, 2022

12 book cover images from around the world.

What's a young history buff to do? In the magazine Words Without Borders, literary translator Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp explains the dilemma:

For young people interested in world history, school curricula and the diet of readily available historical fiction can be disappointingly local in focus. . . .

When we bring into the mix literature in translation from other languages—and #ownvoices authors writing from different narrative traditions—we open up our horizons to new and sometimes surprising perspectives on global historical events . . . [MORE]

Her recommendations include work from Africa, Bangladesh, and the Palestinian Territory. Other books, from Japan and South Korea, make good compliments to the free online collections on WWB Campus!

Across the Americans for Native American Heritage Month

Posted on November 02, 2022

Guarani protester in São Paulo, 2019. By Romerito Pontes, CC BY 2.0 license.

This Native American Heritage Month month, why not celebrate voices from across the Americas? From Mexico, we suggest the beautiful and stirring poem Purépecha Mother, a celebration of the power of a seemingly ordinary woman. For more indigenous Mexican writing, try the poems Marías Mazahuas and Nothing Remains Empty, and the story Dreams and Memories of a Common Man, about the impact of environmental changes on indigenous communities.

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10 Global Tales of the Uncanny

Posted on October 18, 2022

An origami ghost made on gold and white origami paper with a face drawn in permanent marker.
Gold origami ghost. By Douglas P. Perkins.

Looking for something unusual to introduce to students this Halloween? How about a no-face ghost, a grandmother-golem, or a murderous pack of zombies? Below, you'll find stories and poems featuring the ghosts of Japan, the all-too-real human monsters of Stalin-era Russia, and many other uncanny characters.

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"We just are who we are": A Puerto Rican story of identity, plus an author video!

Posted on October 03, 2022

Two street signs in Puerto Rico: "Paseo De La Princesa" & "No Entre." By Gabriela Maldonado (cropped.) License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Set among Puerto Rican teens dealing with friendships, bullying, and gender identity, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro's short story "Bruises" offers an unflinching, yet deeply sympathetic, look at growing up. The story is available bilingually, making it especially relevant to Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month, and Lawrence Schimel's translation preserves some of the original Spanish.

Pizarro's protagonist, Elena, is an unforgettable character equally capable of dreaming about her classmate Johana, taking part in a beat-down of a boy, and obsessing over her burgeoning chin-hairs. In a pivotal scene, the boy Elena once bullied offers her some timely advice:

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