The 2020 list: children’s and young adult books in translation

To help our readers prepare for World Kid Lit Month in September and find some lovely new books to read over the summer, we’ve put together the following list of children’s and teen books in translation, published in 2020.

This follows on from lists made in 2018 and 2019. The lists have got longer each year, as more translators and publishers have been in touch to let us know about new translations.

Sadly most libraries are closed due to the global pandemic, so we’ve made an effort to include ebooks and audiobooks where available: perhaps your local library can order them in, if they don’t have them on their catalogue already.

This is a dynamic list and we’ll be adding titles as we become aware of them. Please do let us know of anything we’re missing or any corrections – thank you!

Board books

Wake Up, Let’s Play! by Marit Törnqvist ~ Floris Books, UK [Originally in Dutch]

The Wolf and the Fly by Antje Damm, translated by Catherine Chidgey ~ Gecko Press, New Zealand [Originally in German]

Merry Christmas, Rainbow Fish written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister ~ NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

Bronxshapes (Bronx Baby) by Alex Rivera ~ Kokila [bilingual book English/Spanish]

When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íįgo by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, translated by Mildred Waters ~ Orca Books [dual language English / Diné

Picture Books

Jacob’s Fantastic Flight by Philip Waechter, translated by Elisabeth Lauffer ~ Blue Dot Kids USA [Originally in German]

Ellie’s Voice, or Trööömmmpffff by Pierre Raud, translated by Adam Cullen ~ Yonder USA [Originally in Estonian]

Little Tad Grows Up by Giuliano Ferri, translated by Charise Myngheer ~ Mineditions PRH USA [Originally in German]

The Day Saida Arrived by Susana Gómez Redondo, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, translated by Lawrence Schimel ~ Blue Dot Kids USA [Originally in Spanish]

Under my Tree by Muriel Tallandier, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa, translated by Sarah Klinger ~ Blue Dot Kids USA [Originally in French]

Alya and the Three Cats by Amina Hachimi Alaoui, illustrated by Maya Fidawi, translated by Mehdi Retnani ~ Crackboom Canada [Originally in Arabic]

What Can You Do With a Color? by Gülşah Yemen, illustrated by Çağrı Odabaşı, translator not known ~ Crackboom Canada [Originally in Turkish]

What Can You Do With a Line? by Gülşah Yemen, illustrated by Çağrı Odabaşı, translator not known~ Crackboom Canada [Originally in Turkish]

Animals Brag About Their Bottoms By Maki Saito, illustrated By Maki Saito, translated By Brian Bergstrom ~ Greystone Kids Canada [Originally in Japanese]

Grandparents by Chema Heras, illustrated by Rosa Osuna, translated by Elisa Amado ~ Greystone Kids Canada [Originally in Spanish]

Lost written and illustrated by Alexandra Mirzac, translator not known ~ Tate Publishing UK [Originally in Romanian]

My Mama by Annemarie van Haeringen, illustrated by, translated by Bill Nagelkerke ~ Gecko Press New Zealand ~ Ebook available [Originally in Dutch]

Little Bear’s Treasures written and illustrated by Stella Dreis, translated by Laura Szejnmann ~ Greystone Kids Canada ~ Ebook available

The Twin Dogs by Chihiro Inoue, illustrated by Chihiro Inoue, translator not known ~ Tate Publishing UK [Originally in Japanese]

ABC Off to Sea! by Virginie Morgand, translaed by Jill Phythian ~ Thames & Hudson UK [Originally in French]

Bicki-Books: Set Two ~ The Emma Press UK [Originally in Latvian]

  • Secret 007 by Jāzeps Osmanis, illustrated by Ingrīda Pičukāne, translated by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini and Kate Wakeling
  • Potato Potato 008 by Vitauts Ļūdēns, illustrated by Ieva Jurjāne, translated by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini and Kate Wakeling
  • Mole 009 by Vitauts Ļūdēns, illustrated by Dita Pence, translated by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini and Kate Wakeling
  • Tall Tale of A Mischievous Mushroom Picker 010 by Inese Zandere, illustrated by Edmunds Jansons, translated by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini and Kate Wakeling
  • Emil 011 by Inga Gaile, illustrated by Anna Zvaigzne, translated by Kaija Straumanis
  • I Want a Little Puppy Dog 012 by Ilmārs Šlāpins, illustrated by Dārta Stafecka, translated by Kaija Straumanis

The President of the Jungle by André Rodrigues, Larissa Ribeiro, Paula Desgualdo, Pedro Markun, translated by Lyn Miller-Lachmann ~ Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House USA [Originally in Portuguese]

The World’s Poorest President Speaks Out by Yoshimi Kusaba, illustrated by Gaku Nakagawa, translated by Andrew Wong ~ Enchanted Lion Books USA [Originally in Japanese]

Vote for Me! by Martin Baltscheit, illustrated by Marc Boutavant, translated by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in German?]

Letters from Bear by Gauthier David, illustrated by Marie Caudry, translated by Sarah Ardizzone ~ Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in French]

The Christmas Feast by Nathalie Dargent, illustrated by Magali Le Huche, translated by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in French]

The Bear and the Duck by May Angeli, translated by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in French]

A Basket Full of Figs by Ori Elon, illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt, translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann ~ Green Bean Books USA [Originally in Hebrew]

Beyond the Horizon by Carolina Celas, translated by Jethro Soutar ~ Little Gestalten Germany [Originally in Portuguese ]

The Peddler and the Baker by Yael Molchadsky, illustrated by Liora Grossman, translator not known ~ Green Bean Books USA [Originally in Hebrew]

How to Light Your Dragon by Didier Lévy, illustrated by Fred Benaglia, translated by Jill Phythian ~ Thames & Hudson UK [Originally in French] Winner of a PEN Translates award

How to Teach your Dragon to Say …. series by Eleonora Fornasari, illustrated by Anna Lang, translated by Denise Muir ~ White Star Kids Italy [Originally in Italian]

  • How to Teach your Dragon to Say Sorry
  • How to Teach your Dragon to Say Please
  • How to Teach your Dragon to Say Thank you
  • How to Teach your Dragon to Say You’re Welcome

Peter and the Tree Children by Peter Wohlleben, illustrated by Cale Atkinson, translated by Jane Billinghurst ~ Greystone Kids Canada ~ Ebook available [Originally in German]

The Sages of Chelm and the Moon by Shlomo Abas, illustrated by Omer Hoffmann, translator not known ~ Green Bean Books USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in Hebrew]

The Little Bell That Wouldn’t Ring by Heike Conradi, illustrated by Maja Dusíková, translated by David Henry Wilson ~ NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

My Favorite Memories by Sepideh Sarihi, illustrated by Julie Völk, translated by Elisabeth Lauffer ~ Blue Dot Kids USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in German]

The Hunter and His Dog by Sassafras De Bruyn ~ Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Wordless]

The Birthday by Hans Fischer, translated by David Henry Wilson ~ NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

Fox and the Deep Sea Quest by Benjamin Flouw, translated by David Henry Wilson ~ Little Gestalten Germany [Originally in French]

What a Masterpiece! by Riccardo Guasco, translated by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Wordless]

The Refuge by Sandra le Guen, illustrated by Stéphane Nicolet, translated by Daniel Hahn ~ AmazonCrossing Kids USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in French]

My Little One by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine, translated by Katie Kitamura ~ Elsewhere Editions ~ Ebook available [Originally in French]

When My Dad Went to the Jungle by Gusti, illustrated by Anne Decis, translator not known ~ Greystone Kids Canada ~ Ebook available [Originally in Spanish, from Argentina]

Felix After the Rain by Duja Jogan, illustrated by Dunja Jogan, translated by Olivia Hellewell ~ Tiny Owl Books UK [Originally in Slovene] Winner of a PEN Translates award

Forever by Beatrice Alemagna, illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Jill Phythian ~ Thames & Hudson UK [Originally in French]

Who Will Ask the Four Questions? by Naomi Ben-Gur, illustrated by Carmel Ben-Ami, translator not known ~ Green Bean Books USA [Originally in Hebrew] 

Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer ~ North-South USA and bi:libri Germany [Bilingual editions in English with Vietnamese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Italian, French or Spanish; originally in Dutch: Lars de kleine ijsbeer]

Read a Book With Me by Lawrence Schimel, illustrated by Thiago Lopes, translated by Lawrence Schimel ~ Beaming Books USA [Originally in Spanish, published in Brazil]

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bernadette Watts, translated by Mrs H. B. Paull ~ NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

There Was a Turkey on the Farm written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev, translator not known ~ NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

In the garden by Noelle Smith, translator unknown ~ Little Island Books [originally in Dutch]

To the Island by Patricia Forde, illustrated by Nicola Bernadelli ~ Little Island Books [Dual publication with Irish]

The Wrench by Elise Gravel, translated by Charles Simard ~ Orca Book Publishers Canada & USA [Originally in French]

A Blue Bird and Her Little Tree: A Story Told in English and Chinese by Jin Bo, illustrated by Zhao Guangyu, translated by Yijin Wert ~ Shanghai Press

The Umbrella Tree: A Story Told in English and Chinese by  Bai Bing, illustrated by Li Hongzhuan, translated by  Yijin Wert ~ Shanghai Press

The Little Calf: A Story of Courage Told in English and Chinese (Stories of the Chinese Zodiac) by Dong Hu, illustrated by Li Jian, translated by Yijin Wert ~ Shanghai Press+

The Kiosk written and illustrated by Anete Melece, translator unknown ~ Gecko Press [originally in Latvian]

How do you make a baby? written and illustrated by Anna Fiske, translator unknown ~ Gecko Press [originally in Norwegian]

Timeline: Science and Technology written and illustrated by Peter Goes, translator unknown ~ Gecko Press [originally in Dutch from Belgium]

Cave Paintings by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado ~ Groundwood [originally in Spanish]

One Boy’s choice: A Tale of the Amazon by Sueli Menezes, illustrated by Annika Siems, translated by Kathryn Bishop ~ Minedition [originally in German]

Garden Jungle by Hélène Druvert , translated by Jill Phythian ~ Thames & Hudson UK [Originally in French]

Picture Books for Older Readers

Some Days by María Wernicke, illustrated by María Wernicke, translated by Lawrence Schimel ~ AmazonCrossing Kids USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in Spanish from Argentina]

The Garden of Inside-Outside by Chiara Mezzalama, illustrated by Régis Lejonc, translated by Sarah Ardizzone ~ Book Island UK [Originally in French]

Bear and Friend by Iris Argaman, illustrated by Avi Ofer, translated by Annette Appel ~ AmazonCrossing Kids USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in Hebrew]

Mexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War by María José Ferrada, illustrated by Ana Penyas, translated by Elisa Amado ~ Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in Spanish]

The Bird Within Me ~ written and illustrated by Sara Lundberg, translated by B.J. Epstein ~ Book Island UK [Originally in Swedish]

The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, illustrated by Jiu Er, translated by Helen Mixter ~ Greystone Kids Canada ~ Ebook available [Originally in Chinese]

Ida and the World Beyond Mount Kaiserzipf ~ written and illustrated by Linda Schwalbe, translated by David Henry Wilson ~ NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

How Jack Lost Time by Stéphanie Lapointe , illustrated by Delphie Côté-lac, translated by Arielle Aaronson ~ Greystone Kids Canada [Originally in French]

Victor by Jacques and Lise, translated by Laura Watkinson ~ Pushkin Press UK / Penguin Random House Canada [Originally in Dutch]

The Lizard by Jose Saramago, illustrated by Jorge Borges, translated by Nick and Lucia Caistor ~ Seven Stories Press USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in Portuguese]

The Stone Giant by Anna Höglund, translated by Julia Marshall ~ Gecko Press, New Zealand [Originally in Swedish]

Fiction: junior / middle grade

The Train Mouse by Uwe Timm, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, translated by Rachel Ward ~ Andersen Press UK and USA [Originally in German]

Kiki’s Delivery Service by Yuta Onoda, illustrated by Eiko Kadono, translated by Emily Balistrieri ~ Delacorte Books for Young Readers USA ~ Ebook available ~ Audio book available [Originally in Japanese]

Meet Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Ingrid Nyman, translator not known ~ OUP UK ~ Ebook available [Originally in Swedish]

Pippi Longstocking and the Snirkle Hunt by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Ingrid Nyman, translator not known ~ OUP UK ~ Ebook available [Originally in Swedish]

Bibbit Jumps by Bei Lynn, illustrated by Bei LYNN, translated by Helen Wang ~ Gecko Press New Zealand [Originally in Chinese, from Taiwan]

Santa Gets a Second Job by Michele D’Ignazio, illustrated by Sergio Olivotti, translated by Denise Muir ~ Macmillan UK [Originally in Italian]

Nobody Can Stop Don Carlo by Oliver Scherz, translated by Deirdre McMahon ~ Young Dedalus UK ~ Ebook available [Originally in German]

I Want to be Good by Huang Beijia, translated by Nicky Harman ~ GBD Books India [Originally in Chinese]

Hattie by Frida Nilsson, illustrated by Stina Wirsén, translated by Julia Marshall ~ Gecko Press New Zealand ~ Ebook available [Originally in Swedish]

Lena, the Sea and Me by Maria Parr, illustrated by Lara Paulussen, translated by Guy Puzey ~ Walker Books UK [Originally in Norwegian]

The Princess’s Survival Guide by Federica Magrin, illustrated by Laura Brenlla, translator not known ~ White Star Kids [Originally in Italian]

Habber-Jabber-Law: A Nonsense Adventure by Sukumar Ray, translated by Arunava Sinha ~ Speaking Tiger India [Originally in Bengali]

Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature edited and translated by Miriam Udel ~ NYU Press, [Originally in Yiddish]

Fiction: 9+

The Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano ~ Pushkin’s Children’s Books (UK) / Holt Books for Young Readers (US) ~ Ebook available ~ Audio book available [Originally in Japanese]

The Crown in the Quarry by Myrddin ap Dafydd, translated by Susan Walton ~ Gwasg Carreg Gwalch UK [Originally in Welsh]

Red Stars by Davide Morosinotto, translated by Denise Muir ~ Pushkin Children’s UK / Delacorte Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in Italian]

The Books That Devoured My Father by Afonso Cruz, translated by Margaret Jull Costa ~ Young Dedalus UK ~ Ebook available [Originally in Portuguese]

Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier, translated by Romy Fursland ~ Macmillan UK / Henry Holt and Co ~ Ebook available ~ Audio book available [Originally in German]

Jefferson by Jean-Claude Mourlevat, translated by Ros Schwartz ~ Andersen Press UK [Originally in French]

Girl From the Sea & Other Stories by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, translated by Robin Patterson and Margaret Jull Costa ~ Young Dedalus UK ~ Ebook available [Originally in Portuguese]

Of Salt and Shore by Annet Schaap, translated by Laura Watkinson ~ Charlesbridge USA [US edition of Lampie, first published in UK by Pushkin Press; originally in Dutch]

Memoirs of a Basque Cow by Berardo Atxaga , translated by Margaret Jull Costa ~ Young Dedalus UK Feb ~ Ebook available [Translated from Spanish; original text in Basque]

Fing’s War by Benny Lindelauf, translated by John Niuwenhuizen ~ Enchanted Lion Books USA [Originally in Dutch]

The Blue Wings by Jef Aerts, translated by Laura Watkinson ~ Levine Querido [originally in Dutch]

YA fiction

Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha, illustrated by Marina Esmeraldo, translated by Larissa Helena ~ Scholastic USA/ David Fickling Books UK ~ Audio book available [Originally in Brazilian Portuguese]

The Water Mage: Book One by Aidan Fox, cover illustration by Shealynn Royan, translated by Nicola Bigwood ~ KDP ~ Ebook available [Originally in French]

The Water Mage: Book Two by Aidan Fox, cover illustration by Shealynn Royan, translated by Nicola Bigwood ~ KDP ~ Ebook available [Originally in French]

Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins, translated by Larissa Helena ~ Scholastic USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in Brazilian Portuguese]

The End by Mats Strandberg, translated by Judith Kiros ~ NorthSouth [Originally in Swedish]

Escape Room by Maren Stoffels, translated by Laura Watkinson ~ Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) USA [Originally in Dutch]

Fright Night by Maren Stoffels, translated by Laura Watkinson ~ Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) USA [Originally in Dutch]

Girl Out of Place by Syl van Duyn, translated by Ernestine Hoegen ~ Aurora Metro UK [Originally in Dutch]

Graphic novels: middle grade

Akissi Even more tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Mathieu Sapin , translated by Judith Taboy and Marie Bédrune ~ Flying Eye Books UK [Originally in French, from Cote d’Ivoire] 

Gamuyan Tales #1 – Anthology of Modern Russian Folk Tales written and illustrated by Alexander Utkin, translated by Lada Morozova ~ Nobrow UK [Originally in Russian]

When You Look Up written and illustrated by Decur (@decur), translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts ~ Enchanted Lion Books USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in Spanish, from Argentina]

Chloe #5: Carnival Party by Greg Tessier and Amandine Amandine, translated by Nanette McGuinness with Joe Johnson ~ Charmz USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in French]

Brina the Cat #2: City Cat by Giorgio Salati and Christian, translated by Nanette McGuinness ~ Papercutz USA [Originally in Italian]

The Sisters #6: Hurricane Maureen by Christophe Cazenove, translated by Nanette McGuinness ~ Papercutz USA [Originally in French]

Bibi & Miyu #1 by Olive Vieweg and Hirara Natsume, translated by Nanette McGuinness ~ TOKYOPOP USA [Originally in German] 

Graphic novels: young adult

Undead Messiah #3 by Gin Zarbo, translated by Nanette McGuinness ~ TOKYOPOP USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in German]

Catherine’s War by Julia Billet, illustrated by Claire Fauvel, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger ~ HarperAlley / HarperCollins USA [Originally in French ]

Magus of the Library #3 written and illustrated by Mitsu Izumi, translated by Stephen Kohler ~ Kodansha Comics (USA) ~ Ebook available ~ Preview here [Originally in Japanese]

Witch Hat Atelier #5 written and illustrated by Kamome Shirahama, translated by Stephen Kohler ~ Kodansha Comics (USA) ~ Ebook available [Originally in Japanese]

Nonfiction

123 Seriously Smart Things You Need To Know About The Climate by Mathilda Masters, illustrated by Louize Perdieus, translated by Lorna Dale ~ Thames & Hudson [Originally in Flemish]

She Rides Like the Wind: The Story of Alfonsina Strada by Joan Negrescolor, translated by Jethro Soutar ~ Little Gestalten Germany [Originally in Spanish] 

Who Will It Be? How Evolution Connects Us All by Paola Vitale, illustrated by Rossana Bossù, translated by Denise Muir ~ Blue Dot Kids USA [Originally in Italian] 

Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species by Ana Pêgo and Isabel Minhós Martins,  illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho, translated by Jane Springer ~ Greystone Kids Canada [Originally in Portuguese]

Sound: Shhh . . . Bang . . . POP . . . BOOM! by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv, translated by Vitaly Chemetsky ~ Chronicle Books USA [Originally in Ukrainian] 

What Is A River? written and illustrated by Monika Vaicenaviciené, translator not known ~ Enchanted Lion Books USA [Originally in Swedish]

A Small History Of A Disagreement by Claudio Fuentes, illustrated by Gabriela Lyon, translated by Elisa Amado ~ Greystone Kids Canada [Originally In Spanish] 

Pop-Up Volcano! by Bernard Duisit and Fleur Daugey, illustrated by Tom Vaillant, translated by Jill Phythian ~ Thames & Hudson UK [Originally in French]

Everybody Counts: A counting story from 1 to 7.5 billion by Kristin Roskifte, translated by Sian Mackie ~ Wide Eyed Editions (Quarto) UK [Originally in Norwegian]

The Fantastic Book of Dinosaurs by Federica Magrin, illustrated by Anna Lang, translated by Denise Muir ~ White Star Kids Italy [Originally in Italian] 

The Great Book of the Fantastical Creatures of Atlantis by Federica Magrin, illustrated by Anna Anna Láng, translated by Denise Muir ~ White Star Kids, Italy [Originally in Italian] 

20 First Words in 20 Languages ~ Odd Dot (Macmillan USA) [Multilingual]

MAPS Deluxe Edition written and illustrated by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones ~ Templar UK [Originally in Polish] 

Festivals & Traditions in Switzerland by Barbara Piatti, illustrated by Yvonne Rogenmoser, translated by Mary Carozza NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey of His Life by Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Maja Kastelic, translated by David Henry Wilson ~ NorthSouth Books USA [Originally in German]

Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn’t Sorry by Fausto Gilberti, translator not known~ Phaidon UK [Originally in Italian]

How Do Bridges Work? by Roman Belyaev, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp ~ B Small Publishing UK [Originally in Russian]

Poetry

Leave a Message in the Sand: Poems about Giraffes, Bongos, and Other Creatures with Hooves by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Annemarie van Haeringen, translated by Laura Watkinson ~ Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in Dutch]

As It Is in Heaven: A Collection of Prayers for All Ages by Eric Puybaret, translated by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers USA [Originally in French] 

I Wish by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Ingrid Godon, translated by David Colmer ~ Elsewhere Editions USA ~ Ebook available [Originally in Flemish]

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