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Words Take Wing Mission and Purpose

We know from our partnerships with schools and districts throughout Northern California that many children need more opportunities to experience literature. Unfortunately, the school day is often too full to promise the reading of books, and many children live in homes where reading is not a priority.

Words Take Wing provides teachers, children and parents with an opportunity to experience the power of a great story to move children, to introduce them to worlds they would not otherwise encounter, and to inspire them to share their own stories.

The School of Education’s long-term goal is to create an event that will build and sustain relationships with teachers, students, librarians,and the wider community to ensure that our impact of Words Take Wing goes well beyond the classroom. Our mission is guided by our belief that schools are places where children’s literature ought to be present and where children have consistent opportunities to read, listen to, study, and enjoy a well-crafted story. And we hope to elevate the role that children’s literature plays in representing people and cultures in complex and sensitive social realities and histories.

Literature has the power to open eyes, change lives, and reveal the world anew. Ultimately, the potential to inspire young readers and writers and educators underscores the intent and purpose of Words Take Wing as a cornerstone event for the School of Education at UC Davis.

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