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Meeting Worlds of Words- a Fulbright experience in Arizona, USA

Date: Tuesday 11 August 2020, 5:30pm to 7pm
Cost: Koha from non-members appreciated.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

Dr Nicola Daly will share her experience at the World of Words Center at the University of Arizona in Austin, Texas. The Center aims to build bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature.

The notion of exchange

In October 2019 Dr Nicola Daly flew to Austin Texas to attend the United States International Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) regional conference, and this marked the start of four months based at the Worlds of Words Collection at the University of Arizona with Professor Kathy Short.

At the heart of Fulbright New Zealand Scholarship awards is the notion of exchange. Nicola wanted to learn how to develop the Waikato Picturebook Research Unit based on the Worlds of Words Center. She took with her a passion for bilingual picture books to share with colleagues in Arizona. In this presentation she will describe the application process and how she developed the teaching and research programme in her proposal.

The Worlds of Words Collection

Nicola will describe some experiences from the Fulbright Fellowship, introducing you to the Worlds of Words Collection, the Children’s Literature Assembly within NCTE, and the Guadalajara Book Festival.

She will also share ideas that have been formulated as a result of her experiences. Some of the many beautiful picture books Nicola bought while she was away, will be on display.

Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
Worlds of Words
Waikato Picturebook Research Unit

About the speaker

Dr Nicola Daly is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand where she teaches courses in children’s literature and language learning and pedagogy. She is the co-director of the Waikato Picturebook Research Unit. Her research focus is multilingual picture books and her recent publications can be found in ‘The linguistics landscapes international journal, the Journal of multilingualism’ and multiculturalism, and the ‘New review of children’s literature and librarianship’.

Nicola has been a recipient of several fellowships related to her research in children’s literature including a Fulbright New Zealand Scholarship (2019-202); the Internationale Jugendbibliothek Fellowship (2017); the Marantz Picturebook Collection Fellowship (2016); the Dorothy Neal White Collection Fellowship (2014). She has also coedited several books including most recently Daly, N., Limbrick, L. & Dix, P. (Eds.) ‘Understanding ourselves and others in a multiliterate world’ (London: Trentham Press, 2018).

Woman holding a large picture book.
Nicola Daly. Image provided and used with permission.