The UC Davis School of Education’s annual Words Take Wing event
is a celebration of children’s literature as art. The focus is on
the diversity of stories and characters found in works by authors
from different cultures who explore and create settings that
reflect a wide range of perspectives and world views.
Living and working in his family home at the foot of the
Adirondack Mountains, acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac (b. 1942)
has devoted forty years to celebrating his Abenaki heritage
through prose, verse, story, and song. As the author of more than
120 books, a professional musician, and a skilled teller of
traditional tales, Bruchac has worked to share traditional and
contemporary Native American culture through many genres and for
audiences of all ages.
Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s
Literature (WTW) celebrates children’s literature and
values its capacity to inform, inspire, and empower by giving
voice and forum to the creators of children’s books. The WTW
committee endeavors to highlight notable authors and illustrators
of diverse backgrounds and to make the program available to those
children with whom the experience might strongly resonate.
It is our intent to deepen and expand our local children’s
literature community through mutually beneficial partnerships,
increased publicity, classroom presence, and additional
children’s literature events. In the above ways, WTW will
continue to build and sustain relationships with those who work
earnestly to nourish the lives of children and who recognize the
excellence and importance of children’s literature.