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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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Posted on September 12, 2022

Welcome to Words Without Borders Campus, where we publish free, full-text versions of the best international poetry, short stories, and graphic fiction, alongside multimedia learning resources and standards-aligned teaching ideas.

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A Joyous Love Poem to Celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Posted on September 08, 2022

As you watch the Full Harvest Moon emerge tonight and tomorrow, remember that people around the world will be looking at the moon as they celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. During the holiday, people gather together with their families, eat mooncakes, look at the full moon, and think about the family members not with them on that day. This year, the holiday falls on Saturday, September 10th.

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3 Portals to International Children's Literature

Posted on August 22, 2022

Looking for children's literature from around the world? So were the New York City educators who took part in WWB's recent summer seminar, "Instructional Leadership with Authentic Global Stories." Here are three gateways to exploring this literature we shared with them:

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