This week, the World Kid Lit Blog is launching our campaign to make September #WorldKidLitMonth, a whole month to celebrate world literature for kids and teens, especially books translated to English from other languages. Both on social media and in person, September is the time to find out about global reading for young people. It’s a time to discuss why we should look beyond the books published in our own country and also how to find books first published elsewhere. Above all, it’s a dedicated time to shine a light on a vibrant and diverse area of children’s publishing.
This year we are exploring four main themes:
● ARMCHAIR TRAVEL: Pick a destination and fly there with a book. Our blog is filled with suggestions of holiday reads, especially during a locked down summer!
● BIBLIODIVERSITY: Kids deserve diverse and inclusive books. Books in translation on our bookshelves help open up the world in all its multicultural, multilingual diversity.
● GLOBAL READS FOR A GLOBAL OUTLOOK: What better way to explore our planet than by reading? Faced with global challenges such as climate change, movements of refugees, and the Covid-19 pandemic, isn’t it time we nurtured a culture of reading globally, to experience the world from others’ perspectives?
● FOUND IN TRANSLATION: The key to opening up new worlds and new stories. Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the creative work of literary translators, and find out how stories travel from one language and culture to another.
Not only that but this year our campaign aims to be bigger and better than ever. You’ll notice we now have some fantastic graphics to share on social media and beyond. We’ve also been busy updating our resources on the website, from books listed by country to tips on writing your very own book review. We also have new areas for translators and publishers. Head over to the website and have a look around.
We’d love you to get involved
- Join the #WorldKidLitMonth challenge: read and review one children’s or young adult book translated into English from another language. It could be a photo and a few words on Twitter or Instagram, a longer review for a blog or school newsletter, or a guest review for World Kid Lit blog ~ we welcome reviews by readers of all ages!
- Spread the word! Please tell your friends about World Kid Lit month, especially educators, booksellers and librarians 🙂 For more details, please follow this link to our press pack where you’ll find our press release and downloadable images.
- You’ll find many more ideas and resources on this blog, making it easier than ever to pick a place in the world and fly there with a book.