27 Recent Graphic Novels & Series in Translation for Children

What kid doesn’t love graphic novels? Here is a collection from around the world:

By Nanette McGuinness

If you’re looking for diverse, multi-ethnic stories for children based in today’s  multicultural world, you will want to visit the rich universe of graphic novels. To add to the September celebration of children’s books in translation, below is a brief list of graphic novels for children translated into English over the past five years. Feel free to send other titles to me: if I hear that I’ve missed more than a few between now and the end of #WorldKitLitMonth this year, I’ll gladly update this list to include them.

Middle Grade

1. Ariol Graphic Novels #1-10, by Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant, translated by Joe Johnson. Papercutz, 2013-2018

2. Benny Breakiron Graphic Novels #1-4, by PeyoYvan DelporteWill Maltaite, and François Walthéry, translated by Joe Johnson. Papercutz, 2013-14.

3. The Big Bad Fox, by Benjamin Renner, translated by Joe Johnson. First Second Books, 2017

4. Cici’s Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training, by Joris Chamberlain and Aurélie Neyret, translated by Carol Klio Burrell. First Second, 2017

5. Dance Class Graphic Novels #1-9, by Beka and Crip, translated by Joe Johnson. Papercutz, 2013-16.

6. Dinosaurs Graphic Novels #1-4, by Arnaud Plumeri and Bloz, translated by Nanette McGuinness. Papercutz, 2014-2015

7. Disney Great Parodies #1: Mickey’s Inferno, by Disney, Guido Martina, Angelo Bialotta, adapted by Stephan Petrucha, translated by Nanette McGuinness. Papercutz, 2016

8. Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #12-19, by Geronimo Stilton, translated by Nanette McGuinness. Papercutz, 2013-2018

9. Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust,by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, and Greg Salsedo, translated by Alexis Siegel. First Second Books, 2014

10. Hotel Strange #1-4, by Florian and Katherine Ferrier, translated by Carol Klio Burrell. Graphic Universe, 2015-17

11. Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox (#5-6),by Brigitte Luciani and Eve Tharlet, translated by Edward Gauvin. Graphic Universe, 2014, 2018

12. The School of Nonsense: Ernest and Rebecca Graphic Novels #5by Guillaume Bianco and Antonello Dalena, translated by Joe Johnson. Papercutz, 2014

13. Sea Creatures #1-2, by Christophe Cazenove and Thierry Jytery, translated by Nanette McGuinness. Papercutz, 2017

14. The Smurfs #10-23, by Peyo, translated by Joe Johnson. Papercutz, 2013-2018

15. Sybil the Backpack Fairy #4: Princess Nina and #5: The Dragon Dance, by Rodrigue, Manuela Razzi, and Antonella Dalena, translated by Joe Johnson. Papercutz, 2013-2015

16. The Sisters Graphic Novels, by Willliam Maury and Christophe Cazenove, v. 1 translated by Nanette McGuinness and Anne and Owen Smith, v. 2, translated by Anne and Owen Smith, v. 3-4 translated by Nanette McGuinness. Papercutz, 2016-2017

17. Thea Stilton Graphic Novels, #1-8, by Thea Stilton, translated by Nanette McGuinness. Papercutz, 2013-2018

18. Tib and Tumtum, by Grimaldi and Bannister, translated by Carol Klio Burrell. Graphic Universe, 2013-2014

Young Adult

19. A Bag of Marbles, by Joseph Joffo, adapted by Vincent Bailly and Kris, translated by Edward Gauvin. Graphic Universe, 2013

20. Beautiful Darkness, by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët, translated by Helge Dascher. Drawn and Quarterly, 2014

21 California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas, by Pénélope Bagieu, translated by Nanette McGuinness. First Second, 2017

22. Castle in the Stars, #1-2, by Alex Alice, translated by Anne and Owen Smith. First Second, 2017-18

23. I Remember Beirut, by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin. Graphic Universe, 2014

24. Jane, the Fox, and Me, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christine Morelli. Groundwood Books, 2013.

25. Luisa: Now and Then, by Carole Maurel, adapted by Mariko Tamaki, translated by Nanette McGuinness. Humanoids, 2018

26. Poppies of Iraq, by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, translated by Helge Dascher. Drawn and Quarterly, 2017

27. Superman Isn’t Jewish, by Jimmy Bemon and Emilie Boudet, translated by Nanette McGuinness. Humanoids, (forthcoming, Oct. 2, 2018)

Award-winning opera singer, voice talent, and literary translator Nanette McGuinness has translated nearly 50 books for children and adults from French and Italian into English, including California Dreamin’: Cass Elliott Before The Mamas & the Papas (2018 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens), Luisa: Now and ThenNo Pasaran: Sin Ilusion, the much-loved Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels with Papercutz, Dinosaurs Graphic Novels, Thea Stilton Graphic NovelsSea Creatures 1&2, and The Sisters Graphic Novels. Her next translation due out is Superman Isn’t Jewish (Humanoids, upcoming October 2018).


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