The 2021 list: children’s and teen books in translation

Be ready to be amazed: this year’s list of children’s and teen books in translation is enormous!

This list includes translations for young people from any language into English, published anywhere in the world. This year we’ve arranged the list by publisher to help you find books that you can order from bookshops or libraries in your part of the world.

Please let us know at any time of any corrections or additions (email

Happy reading wherever your book travels take you!

Abrams, USA

Picture books

Beautiful Day! Petite Poems for All Seasons by Rodoula Pappa, illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh, translated by Rodoula Pappa [Greek, Greece]

Ebook available

Un pájaro en casa (Bird House Spanish edition)

Bird House / Un pájaro en casa by Blanca Gómez [Spanish and English editions]

Ebook available

Albatros Media, Czechia

Nonfiction picture books

Colors in Nature by Stepanka Sekaninova, Jane Sedlackova, illustrated by Magdalena Konecna [Czech, Czechia]

Shapes and Patterns in Nature by Stepanka Sekaninova, Jane Sedlackova, illustrated by Magdalena Konecna [Czech, Czechia]

Colors of Habitats by Stepanka Sekaninova, Jane Sedlackova, illustrated by Magdalena Konecna [Czech, Czechia]

Algonquin Books, USA / Rider, UK

Young adult

How do you live? by Genzaburo Yoshino, translated by Bruno Navasky, with a foreweord by Neil Gaiman [Japanese, Japan]

Ebook available

Amazon Crossing Kids, USA

Picture books
Playing with Lanterns

Agnes’s Place by Marit Larsen, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie, translated by Kari Dickson [Norwegian, Norway] Ebook available

The Caiman by María Eugenia Manrique, illustrated by Ramón París, tr. Amy Brill [Spanish, Venezuela] Ebook available

Playing with Lanterns by Wang Yage, illustrated by Zhu Chengliang, tr. Helen Wang [Chinese, China] Ebook available

Magic Candies by Heena Baek, tr. Sophie Bowman [Korean, South Korea] Ebook available


Junior fiction

Memento Monstrum Jochen Till, ill. Wiebke Rauers, tr. Rachel Ward [German, Germany] Ebook available

Young Adult
Odin's Child (The Raven Rings)

Odin’s Child (Raven Rings trilogy #1) by Siri Pettersen, tr. Siân Mackie and Paul Russell Garrett [Norwegian, Norway] Ebook available

The Rot (Raven Rings trilogy #2) by Siri Pettersen, tr. Siân Mackie and Paul Russell Garrett [Norwegian, Norway] Ebook available

Arte Püblico / Piñata

Picture books

Maxy survives the hurricane / Maxy sobrevive el huracán by Ricia Anne Chansky and Yarelis Marcial Acevado, ill. Olga Barinova [Spanish/English bilingual]

My story of Cinco de Mayo / Mi versión del Cinco de Mayo by José Angel Gutierrez [Spanish/English bilingual]

Raulito the First Latino Governor of Arizona / El primer gobernador Latino de Arizona by Roni Capin Riviera-Ashford [Spanish/English bilingual]

Un tren llamado esperanza / A Train called Hope by Mario Bencastro, illustrated by Robert Casilla [Spanish/English bilingual]

Blue Dot Kids

Picture books

Our World out of Balance: Understanding Climate Change and What We Can Do by Andrea Minoglio, illustrated by Laura Fanelli, tr. Emma Mandley [Italian, Italy] Ebook available

Words of the World Series (Multilingual Board Books): Birds / Ocean Animals / Animals / Plants by Motomitsu Maehara [English, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Spanish, French, Arabic, Esperanto]

Book Island

Picture books

Ready, Steady, School by Marianne Dubuc, tr. Sarah Ardizzone [French, Canada]

This is a Dictatorship by Equipo Plantel, illustrated by Mikel Casal, tr. Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Spain]

Brown Books Kids

Junior non-fiction

The Secrets of Ancient Sea Monsters by Yang Yang, illustrated by Chuang Zhao, translated by Mo Chen [Chinese, China]

The Secrets of Dinosaurs by Yang Yang, illustrated by Chuang Zhao, translated by Mo Chen [Chinese, China]

The Secrets Of Pterosaurs by Yang Yang, illustrated by Chuang Zhao, translated by Mo Chen [Chinese, China]


Junior graphic novels

Chloe and Cartoon #2: It’s a Cat Thing by Greg Tessier and Amandine Amandine, tr, Nanette McGuinness [French, France]

Ebooks available (Kindle & comiXology)


Beyond the Blue Border by Dorit Linke, translated by Elisabeth Lauffer [Germany, Germany] – YA historical fiction

Chicken House Books

White Fox: In the Forest by Chen Jiatong, translated by Jennifer Feeley [Chinese, China]

Boy in a White Room by Karl Olsberg translated by Larisa Villar Hauser [German, Germany]

Chronicle Books

Picture books

Sight by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv, tr. Vitaly Chernetsky [Ukrainian, Ukraine]

Line and Scribble by Debora Vogrig, illustrated by Pia Valentinis, translated by Debbie Bibo [Italian, Italy]

Clavis Publishing

Board books

All translated from Dutch [Netherlands] by Clavis Publishing, unless stated otherwise:

I’ll always hold your hand by Guido van Genechten

Step by Step by Guido van Genechten

Little Fox: Playing in the Forest by Marja Baeten & Annemiek Borsboom

The Missing Potty by Anita Bijsterbosch

What do you see? by Anita Bijsterbosch

A Great Day for a Hug by Mack van Gageldonk

Picture books

All translated from Dutch [Netherlands] by Clavis Publishing, unless stated otherwise:

The Easter Bunny’s Present Hunt by Mieke Goethals

Pitter, Patter, Goes the Rain

The Boy in the Orange Cape by Adam Ciccio & Emmanuel Volant

My Little Wonder: Welcome Sweet Babies by Mack van Gageldonk

Pitter Patter goes the rain by Ellen DeLange & Anna Lindsten

Who is shrieking so early? by Ellen Delange & Zafouko Yamamoto

Mouse Music by Suzan Overmeer & Myrian Berenschot

Big and Little Yang by Hang Li Xinyi

Theo’s Princess by Ellen Delange & Monty Lee

Lissy’s Diary by Ellen DeLange, illustrated by Ilaria Zanellato

First Day of School by Esther van den Berg

First Day of School
Rainbow Hat

Mieke and the Dragonfly by Ellen Delange & Martina Schachenhuber

Squirrel is Going to be a Big Sister by Sam Lomen

A New Home for Fox by Ellen DeLange, illustrated by Agnes Ofner

Rainbow Hat by Hong Hai [translated from Chinese to Dutch then to English]

Coppenrath Verlag, Germany

Rulantica: Hidden Island by Michaela Hanauer, translated by Marielle Sutherland [German, Germany]

Delacorte Press, PRH USA

Soul Lanterns by Shaw Kuzki, tr Emily Balistrieri [Japanese, Japan]

Ebook available

Dial Books for Young Readers, PRH USA

Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear by Trang Nguyen, illustrated by Jeet Zdung, translated by Trang Nguyen [Vietnamese, Vietnam]

Drawn and Quarterly

Several graphic novels that might be of interest to young adults:

Tunnels by Rutu Modan, tr. Ishai Mishory [Hebrew, Israel]

Night Bus Zuo Ma, tr. R. Orion Martin [Chinese, China]

The Waiting by Keum Suk, ill. Gendry-Kim, tr. Janet Hong [Korean, South Korea]

Editora Trinta Zero Nove, Mozambique

Picture books

Alya and the Three Cats by Amina Hashimi Alawi, ill. Maya Fidawi, tr. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp [Arabic, Morocco]

What Can I See? by Amina Hashimi Alawi, ill. Maya Fidawi, tr. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp [Arabic, Morocco]

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Picture books

Sleep Like Me by Tatia Nadareishvili, translator not known [Georgian, Georgia]

Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile by María José Ferrada, ill. María Elena Valdez, translated by Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Chile]

The Story of Bodri by Hédi Fried, ill. Stina Wirsén, tr. Linda Schenk [Swedish, Sweden]

189 Canaries by Dieter Böge, ill. Elsa Klever, tr. Laura Watkinson [German, Germany]

One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain by Alex Nogués, ill. Miren Asiain Lora, tr. Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Spain]

Bear with Me by Noemi Vola, translator not known [Italy, Italian]

Elsewhere Editions

Picture books

Juan Hormiga by Gustavo Roldán, tr. Robert Croll [Spanish, Argentina]

Sleepy Stories by Mario Levrero, ill. Diego Bianki, tr. Alicia López [Spanish]

In the Meadow of Fantasies by Hadi Mohammadi, ill. Nooshin Safakhoo, tr. Sara Khalili [Farsi, Iran] ~ honor title, Batchelder Award 2022

Enchanted Lion

Special praise for Enchanted Lion Books for featuring their translators on their own page of the website!

Picture books

The Little One by Kiyo Tanaka, translated by David Boyd [Japanese, Japan]

Snoozie, Sunny, and So-So by Dafna Ben-Zvi, ill. Ofra Amit, tr. Annette Appel [Hebrew, Israel]

One Day by Lee Juck, ill. Kim Seung-youn, tr. Asuka Minamoto [Korean, South Korea]

The Three Water Drop Brothers by Lee Eun-hee, ill. Yoon Mi-sook, tr. Asuka Minamoto [Korean, South Korea]

A Kunwinjku Counting Book by Gabriel Maralngurra & Felicity Wright [English/Kunwinjku bilingual edition, USA]

The Most Beautiful Story Brynjulf Jung Tjønn, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson [Norwegian, Norway] ~ honor title, Batchelder Award 2022


Sato the Rabbit by Yuki Ainoya, tr. Michael and Shizuka Blaskowsky [Japanese, Japan] ~ honor title, Batchelder Award 2022

Sato the Rabbit: The Moon by Yuki Ainoya, tr. Michael Blaskowsky [Japanese, Japan]

Almost Nothing, Yet Everything: A Book about Water by Hiroshi Osada, ill. Ryōji Arai, tr. David Boyd [Japanese, Japan]

Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost by Betina Birkjær, ill. Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard, tr. Sinéad Quirke [Danish, Denmark] ~ honor title, Batchelder Award 2022

Chirri & Chirra: The Rainy Day by Kaya Doi, tr. David Boyd [Japanese, Japan]

How War Changed Rondo  by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv, translated by Oksana Lushchevska [Ukranian, Ukraine]


Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda, ill. Paloma Valdivia, tr. Sara Lissa Paulson [Spanish/English bilingual, Chile]

Middle grade / junior fiction

Black by Håkon Øvreås, ill. Øyvind Torseter, tr. Kari Dickson [Norwegian, Norway]


The Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked For It by Ana Cristina Herreros, ill. Violeta Lópiz, tr. Chloe Garcia Roberts [Spanish]


The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories by Gianni Rodari, ill. Matthew Forsythe, tr. Jack Zipes [Italian, Italy]

Europa Editions

Young adult
The Storm of Echoes: The Mirror Visitor Book 4 (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, 4)

Storm of Echoes (The Mirror Visitor Quartet #4), by Christelle Dabos, tr. Hildegarde Serle [French, France]

Gecko Press

Picture books
My Mama by Annemarie van Haeringen, Bill Nagelkerke (translator) (9781776572670)

Where Is the Dragon? by Leo Timmers, tr. James Brown [Flemish?, Belgium]

A Mother Is a House by Aurore Petit, tr. Daniel Hahn [French, France; first published as Une maman c’est comme une maison by Les fourmis rouges]

Leilong the Library Bus by Julia Liu & Bei Lynn, tr. Helen Wang [Chinese, Taiwan]

My Mama by Annemarie van Haeringen, tr. Bill Nagelkerke [Dutch, Netherlands]

Seahorses are Sold Out by Constanza Spengler, ill. Katja Gehrmann, tr. Shelley Tanaka [German, Germany]

Lisette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx, tr. Antony Shugar [Dutch, Netherlands]

Pablo by Rascal, tr. Antony Shugar [French, Belgium]

Inside the Suitcase by Clotilde Perrin, tr. Daniel Hahn [French, France]

No One Is Angry Today by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Marc Boutavant, translated from Dutch [Netherlands] by David Colmer

Pops / Koro by Gavin Bishop [available in English and in te reo Māori (Maori), first published in New Zealand]

Illustrated non fiction

Do Animals Fall in Love? by Katharina von der Gathen, ill. Anke Kuhl, tr. Shelley Tanaka [German, Germany]

How Do You Make a Baby? by Anna Fiske, tr. Don Bartlett [Swedish, Sweden]

Fossils from Lost Worlds by Hélène Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt, tr. Daniel Hahn [French, France]

Junior fiction

Can You Whistle, Johanna? by Ulf Stark, ill. Anna Höglund, tr. Julia Marshall [Swedish, Sweden]

Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest, written and illustrated by Ole Könnecke, translated by Shelley Tanaka [German, Germany]

Hattie and Olaf by Frida Nilsson, illustrated by Stina Wirsén, translated by Julia Marshall [Swedish, Sweden]

Graffeg, UK

Special shout out to Graffeg for remembering to #namethetranslator in their 2021 catalogue!

Picture books

George the Wombat, by Eva Papoušková, illustrated by Galina Miklínová, translated by Alexandra Büchler [Czech, Czechia]

I am an Artist by Kertu Sillaste, translated by Adam Cullen [Estonian, Estonia]

Rita wants a Dragon by Máire Zepf, illustrated by Mr Ando, translated by the author [Irish, Ireland]

Rita wants a Robot by Máire Zepf, illustrated by Mr Ando, translated by the author [Irish, Ireland]

Graphic Universe

Graphic novels

Brontë by Manuela Santoni, tr. Matteo Benassi [Italian, Italy]

Green Bean Books, UK

Picture books

Lenny & Benny by Naama Benziman, translated by Shira Atik and Batnadiv HaKarmi [Hebrew, Israel]

Benjy’s Blanket by Miguel Gouveia, ill. Raquel Catalina, translated by Miguel Gouveia [Portuguese]

In the Market of Zakobat by Ori Elon, ill. Menahem Halberstadt, translated by Shira Atik [Hebrew, Israel]

But Perhaps, Just Maybe… by Tuvia Dikman Oro, illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt, translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann [Hebrew, Israel]

The Donkey in the Garden, written by Devora Busheri, illustrated by Menahem Halberstadt, translated by Devora Busheri [Hebrew, Israel]

Greystone Books, Canada

Picture books

On the Other Side of the Forest by Nadine Robert, ill. Gérard DuBois, tr. Nadine Robert? [French, Canada]

The Capybaras by Alfredo Soderguit, tr. Elisa Amado [Spanish, Uruguay]

Grasshopper by Tatiana Ukhova, wordless [Russia]

We All Play / kimêtawânaw by Julie Flett [Cree/English bilingual edition, Canada]

War by Jose Jorge Letria, ill. André Letria, tr. Elisa Amado [Portuguese, Portugal]

Off the Beaten Track by Maylis de Kerangal, ill. Tom Haugomat, tr. Helen Mixter [French, France]

How Beautiful by Antonella Capetti, ill. Melissa Castrillon, translated by the author? [Italian Italy]

New Year Mei Zihan, ill. Qin Leng, tr. Yan Yan [Chinese, China]

My Dog Banana Roxane Brouillard, ill. Giulia Sagramola, tr. Simon de Jocas and Paula Ayer [French, Canada]


Do You Know Where the Animals Live? Discovering the Incredible Creatures All Around Us by Peter Wohlleben, tr. Shelley Tanaka [German, Germany]

Inside In: X-Rays of Nature’s Hidden World by Jan Paul Schutten, ill. Arie van ‘t Riet, tr. Laura Watkinson [Dutch Netherlands]

Groundwood, Canada

Picture books

Impossible Isol, translated by Elisa Amado [Spanish, Argentina]

The Big Bad Wolf in My House Valérie Fontaine, ill. Nathalie Dion, tr. Shelley Tanaka [French, Canada]

This is how I know: A book about the Seasons / Mii Maannda ezhi-gkendmaanh: Niibing, dgwaagig, bbong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin’igning by Brittany Luby, ill. Joshua Manjeshig Pawis Steckley, tr. Alvin Ted Corbiere and Alan Corbiere [English / Anishinaabermowin bilingual edition, Canada]

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know: Niibing, dgwaagig, bboong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin'igning / A Book about the Seasons (Hardback)

I Have the Right to Save my Planet by Alain Serres, ill. Aurélia Fronty, tr. Shelley Tanaka [French, France]

I Have the Right to Culture Alain Serres, ill. Aurélia Fronty, tr. Shelley Tanaka [French, France]

My Body in Pieces Marie-Noëlle Hébert, tr. Shelley Tanaka [French, Canada]

The Day the Rain Moved In by Eleonore Douspis, tr. Shelley Tanaka [French, France]

Let’s Go See Papá! Lawrence Schimel, ill. Alba Marina Rivera, tr. Elisa Amado [Spanish, Venezuela]

Aquí era el paraíso / Here Was Paradise by Humberto Ak’abal, Amelia Lau Carling, tr. Hugh Hazelton [translated by Humberto Ak’abal from K’iche’ to Spanish, Canada]

Burying the Moon by Andrée Poulin, ill. Sonali Zohra, tr. Andrée Poulin [French, Canada]

Wounded Falcons by Jairo Buitrago, ill. Rafael Yockten, tr. Elisa Amado [Spanish, Chile]

Gwasg Carreg Gwalch

Young Adult

The Black Pit of Tonypandy by Myrddin ap Dafydd, translated by Susan Walton [Welsh, UK]

Inhabit Education Books

Picture books

Meeka Loves Nature: Insects (Bilingual Inuktitut and English edition) by Danny Christopher, illustrated by Ali Hinch [Canada]

Izote Press

Picture book

Rebeldita the Fearless in Ogreland by Oriel María Siu, ill. Alicia María Siu, tr. Matthew Byrne [Spanish, Honduras]

Kinder-Loshn Publications

The Clever Little Tailor by Solomon Simon, illustrated by Yehuda Blum, translated by David R. Forman [Yiddish] ~ junior fiction

Les Fugitives

Young adult
Eve out of Her Ruins

Eve out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman [French, France]

Levine Querido

Picture books

What Ollie Saw Joukje Akveld, ill. Sieb Posthuma, tr. Bill Nagelkerke [Dutch]

Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta, ill. Iván Rickenmann, tr. Aida Salazar [Spanish, Colombia]

Sheep Count Flowers by Micaela Chirif, ill. Amanda Mijangos, translated by Arthur A. Levine [Spanish, Argentina]

The Big House and the Little House by Yoshi Ueno, ill. Emiko Fujishima, translated in-house [Japanese, Japan]

Middle grade

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos, translated by David Bowles [Spanish, Mexico] ~ honor title, Batchelder Award 2022

I’ll Keep You Close by Jeska Verstegen, tr. Bill Nagelkerke [Dutch, Netherlands]

Young Adult/Teen

The Immortal Boy by Francisco Montaña Ibañez, translated by David Bowles; bilingual edition [Spanish, Colombia]

Oksi by Mari Ahokoivu, translated by Silja-Maaria Aronpuro [Finnish, Finland]

Life Drawn/Humanoids

Graphic novels – young adult

For Justice: The Serge & Beate Klarsfeld Story by Pascal Bresson, illustrated by Sylvain Dorange, translated by Nanette McGuinness [French, France]

A House Without Windows byMarc Ellison, illustrated by Didier Kassaï, translated by Nanette McGuinness [French/English]

Lil’ Libros

Picture books

Loteria: More First Words / Más primeras palabras by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, tr. Catali Reyes [Spanish / English]

The Life of Dolores / La vida de Dolores by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, tr. Catali Reyes [Spanish / English]

Váamonos a Antigua by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, tr. Ana Godinez [Spanish / English]

Váamonos a Bogotá by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, tr. Ana Godinez [Spanish / English]

Váamonos a Panama City by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, tr. Ana Godinez [Spanish / English]

Little Gestalten

Illustrated nonfiction

Who invented this? Smart People and Their Bright Ideas by Anne Ameri-Siemans, ill. Becky Thorns, tr. David Henry Wilson [German, Germany]

Explore the World by Anton Hallman, translated by Ryan Eyers [German, Germany]

Little Tiger

Middle grade / junior fiction

Me and the Robbersons by Siri Kolu, translated by Ruth Urbom [Finnish, Finland]

Macmillan Children’s Books

Santa Gets a Second Job by Michele D’Ignazio, illustrated by Sergio Olivotti, translated by Denise Muir [Italian, Italy]

Marshall Cavendish

A Tapestry of Colours 1 by [Anitha Devi Pillai (Ph.D)]

A Tapestry Of Colours 1: Stories From Asia, edited by Anitha Devi Pillai, featuring stories by Anitha Devi Pillai, Raymund P Reyes, Babitha Marina Justin, Sachiko Kashiwaba (Translated from Japanese by Avery Fischer Udagawa), Niduparas Erlang (Translated from Bahasa Indonesian by Annie Tucker), Janani Janarthanan, Asma’ Jailani, Clara Mok, Maureen SY Tai, Tripat Narayanan, Charlotte Hammond, Muthusamy Pon Ramiah

Mimesis International

Middle grade

The Boy Who Saw With His Fingers Tomasz Małkowski, illustrated by Joanna Rusinek, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones [Poland, Polish]


Picture books

The King’s Golden Beard Klaas Verplunke, translator not known [Belgium?]


Picture books

A Year of Good News by Martin Smatana, translated by Julia Sherwood [Slovak, Slovakia]

Danube. The Magic River / Dunaj, magická rieka by Michal Hvorecký, illustrated by Simona Čechová, translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood [Slovak, Slovakia]


The Mailbox in the Forest by Kyoko Hara, illustrated by Kazue Takahashi, translated by Alexandrea Mallia ~ junior fiction [Japanese / Japan]

New Classic Press

Picture books

6 picture books in the Fighting the Epidemic/Staying at Home Series:

A Journey of 9000 Millimetres by Zhang Xiaoling, illustrated by Yan Qing, translated by Helen Wang [Chinese, China]

Empty Lunch Box by Ai Wen’er and Xing Huo, ill. Xing Huo, tr. Helen Wang [Chinese, China]

Grandpa’s Fourteen Games by Zhao Ling, Huang Lili, Helen Wang [Chinese, China]

Levin the Cat by Tao Jiu, Yang Shanshan, Helen Wang [Chinese, China]

Mum is Hiding by Qian Mo, Zhou Yi, Helen Wang [Chinese, China]

The Mask that Loved to Count by Luo Xi, Luo Xi, Helen Wang [Chinese, China]


Graphic novel – junior fiction

Hicotea (Nightlights #2) by Lorena Alvarez [Spanish, Colombia?]

NorthSouth, USA

Picture books

Peace / Paz by Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Estelí Meza, translator not known [English / Spanish Editions, first place of publication not known]

Little Polar Bear and the Pandas by Hans de Beer, tr. David Henry Wilson [German, Switzerland]

Meet Me by the Sea by Taltal Levi, translated by NorthSouth Books [German, Switzerland]

Robert and the World’s Best Cake by Annie-Catherine Behl, tr. David Henry Wilson [German, Switzerland]

The Speckled Feather by Johanna Ries, tr. David Henry Wilson [German, Switzerland]

What Happens While You Sleep by Anna Russelman, tr. David Henry Wilson [German, Switzerland]

The Mountain by Rebecca Gugger, ill. Simon Röthlisberger, tr. Marshall Yarbrough [German, Switzerland]

Franz-Ferdinand, The Dancing Walrus by Marcus Pfister, tr. David Henry Wilson [German, Switzerland]

Boris the Cat – The Little Cat with Big Ideas Erwin Moser, translator not known [German, Austria?]

My Mother’s Delightful Deaths by Carla Haslbauer, translated by David Henry Wilson [German, Switzerland]

Christmas is Coming by Monika Utnik-Strugała, illustrated by Ewa Poklewska-Koziello, tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones [Polish, Poland]

The Star Tree Gisela Cölle, tr. Rosemary Lanning [German, Switzerland]

Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time by Torben Kuhlmann, tr. David Henry Wilson [German, Switzerland]

Orca Books

Board books

Bedtime, Not Playtime! Lawrence Schimel, Elīna Brasliņa, tr. Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Spain/Latvia]

Early One Morning Lawrence Schimel, Elīna Brasliņa, tr. Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Spain/Latvia]

Picture books
Riley Can't Stop Crying

Riley Can’t Stop Crying by Stéphanie Boulay, ill. Agathe Bray-Bourret, tr. Charles Simard [French/Canada: Anatole qui ne séchait jamais]

Otava, Finland

Bilingual picture book

My Favourite Finnish Things/Aarteitani Suomesta by Satu Kettunen, translated by Mia Spangenberg [Finnish/English, Finland]

Oxford University Press, UK

Junior fiction
Nothing but Fun in Noisy Village

Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Mini Grey, translator not known [Swedish, Sweden]

Nothing but Fun in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Mini Grey, translator not known [Swedish, Sweden]

The Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Mini Grey, translator not known [Swedish, Sweden]

The World’s Best Karlsson by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Mini Grey, translator not known [Swedish, Sweden]

The World's Best Karlsson

Karlsson On The Roof by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Mini Grey, translator not known [Swedish, Sweden]

Karlsson Flies Again by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Mini Grey, translator not known [Swedish, Sweden]

Owlkids, Canada

Picture books
Moon Pops

Moon Pops by Heena Baek, translated by Jieun Kiaer [Korean, Korea]

Pajama Press, Canada

Picture books
If Only... by Mies van Hout (author) (9781772781960)

If Only by Mies van Hout, translated by David Colmer [Dutch, Netherlands]

Papercutz, USA

Graphic novels – middle grade
Magical History Tour #6 by Fabrice Erre | WHSmith

The Sisters #7: Lucky Brat by Christophe Cazenove, tr. Nanette McGuinness [French, France]

Magical History Tour #6: The Plague by Fabrice Erre, illustrated by Sylvain Savoia, tr. Nanette McGuinness [French, France]

Prestel Publishing (PRH Germany)

Picture books
Eugene The Architect Book

Eugene the Architect by Thibaut Rassat, translator not known [French, France]

I Saw A Beautiful Woodpecker: The Diary of a Young Boy at the Outbreak World War II

I Saw a Beautiful Woodpecker by Michal Skibinski, illustrated by Ala Bankroft, translated by Eliza Marciniak [Polish, Poland] – illustrated diary of an 8-year-old boy during World War II

Princeton Architectural Press (Abrams & Chronicle)

Where the World Ends: A Zip, Trik, and Flip Adventure Davide Cali Maria Dek Debbie Bibo [Italian, Italy]

Full Moon Camilla Pintonato, tr. Nadine Robert

True Colors Gonçalo Viana, Gonçalo Viana, tr. Orfeu Negro [Portugal, Portuguese]

Puffin (Penguin Random House Children’s, UK)

Picture book

The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read by David Sundin, design by Alexis Holmqvist, translation by B.J. Epstein [Swedish, Sweden]

Pushkin Press

Graphic novels – middle grade

Esther’s Notebooks 1: Tales from my ten-year-old life by Riad Sattouf, tr. Sam Taylor [French, France]

Esther’s Notebooks 2: Tales from my eleven-year-old life

Esther’s Notebooks 3: Tales from my twelve-year-old life

Middle grade / junior fiction

The False Rose by Jakob Wegelius, tr Peter Graves [Swedish, Sweden]

Young adult

The Edelweiss Pirates by Dirk Reinhardt, tr. Rachel Ward [German, Germany]

Random House Graphic

Middle grade

Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic, words by Thom Pico, illustrated by Karensac, translated by Anne Smith and Owen Smith [French] Kirkus Review

Red Comet Press

Picture books

Cat & Dog: A Tale of Opposites by Tullio Corda, translated by Taylor Barrett Gaines [French, France]

Before We Sleep by Giorgio Volpe, illustrated by Paolo Proietti, tr. Angus Yuen-Killick [Italian, Italy]

Mister Fairy by Morgane de Cadier, illustrated by Florian Pigé, tr. Angus Yuen-Killick [French, France]

Illustrated chapter book

The Secret of the Magic Pearl by Elisa Sabantinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, tr. Christopher Turner [Italian, Italy]

Restless Books/Yonder

Picture books

Good Night, Earth by Linda Bondestam, tr. Galit Hasan-Rokem [Swedish, Finland]

It’s OK, Slow Lizard by Yeorim Yoon, Jian Kim, tr. Chi-Young Kim [Korean, South Korea]

Middle grade

Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake, translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa [Japanese, Japan] ~ winner of the Batchelder Award 2022

Reycraft (Benchmark Education) USA

Picture books

I LOVE YOU by Shige Chen, illustrated by Pia Valentinis and Mario Onnis, translated by LeeAnn Geiberger [Chinese, China]

Look At You! Look At The Mess You Made! by Hsu-Kung Liu, translated by Les Gouttes Press [Chinese, Taiwan]

Home by Lian-En Lin, translated by Papa Publishing House/Yes Creative Ltd. [Chinese, Taiwan]

The following picture books were first published in China and were translated from Chinese by China Children’s Press and Publication Group Co. Ltd:

Across The River by Tao Xue, illustrated by Anastasia Arkhipova

Chick, Chick, Peep, Peep, Peep by Xiao Mao, illustrated by Hisana Sawada

Grandpa And Me by Lu Xu and Javier Zabala

Gray Bunny’s Great Adventure by Ping Yi, illustrated by Zhenjun Liu

I Want To… by Hongbo Gao, illustrated by Sixin Cheng

The Little Car, written and illustrated by Xu Han

My Dragon Boat Festival by Bing Ge, illustrated by Li Li

Oil-Paper Umbrella by Lu Xu, illustrated by Anastasia Arkhipova

Once Upon A Time There Was An Elephant by Shige Chen and Yinzhi Qin

Raining by Pingping Xu and Graça Lima

The Second Race Of Rabbit And Tortoise by Dan Luo, illustrated by Jie Huang

The Story Of Morin Khuur written by Baoerji Yuanye, illustrated by Guituzi

A Summer Night Concert by Xiren Tong, illustrated by Sixin Cheng

The following picture books were first published in France and were translated from French by Syllabes Agency:

All But One, written and illustrated by Raquel Bonita

Konoba, written and illustrated by Marion Traoré

Papa’s Little Truck, written and illustrated by Mori

Paratou, The Umbrella, written and illustrated by Marion Traoré

Sunakali, “The Messi Of The Himalayas” by Jennifer Vorms-Le Morvan, illustrated by Nicolas Wild

The Tree Told Me by Sophie Lescaut, illustrated by Thanh Portal

The Wooden Treasure, written and illustrated by Frédéric Marais

Rock the Boat (Oneworld) UK / Simon and Schuster USA

Middle grade
Talking to Alaska : Woltz, Anna, Watkinson, Laura: Books

Talking to Alaska by Anna Woltz, tr. Laura Watkinson [Dutch, Netherlands]

The Magical Bookshop by Katja Frixe, illustrated by Florentine Pechtel, tr. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp [German, Germany]

Scholastic en Español

Bilingual board book

Ten Little birds / Diez pajaritos Andrés Salguero. ill. Sara Palacios [Spanish / English]

Scribble, Australia

Picture book

I am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun, ill. Kim Hyo-eun, tr. Deborah Smith [Korean, South Korea]

Second Story Press

Ciel in All Directions by Sophie Labelle, translated by Andrea Zanin [French / Canada] ~ middle grade fiction

Ciel In All Directions by [Sophie Labelle, Andrea Zanin]

Simply Read, Canada

Picture book
Nothing at All

Nothing at all Marie-Hélene Jarry, ill. Amélie Dubois, translator not known [French, Canada]

Sky Pony Press

Picture book

Why Does Climate Change? Investigate the Causes with Erica and Sven by Laura Ertimo, Mari Ahokoivu, translated by Owen Witesman, Maarit Kaaihue [Finnish, Finland]

Tate Publishing, UK

Picture books

Hard Times for Unicorn by Mickaël El Fathi, illustrated by Charlotte Molas, translated by Gilberte Bourget [French, France]

Fantastic Flying Competition by Tjibbe Veldkamp, illustrated by Sebastiaan Van Doninck, translated by Kristen Gehrman [Dutch, Netherlands]

Cat About Town by Léa Decan, translated by Gilberte Bourget [French, France]

About a Song by Guilherme Karsten, translated by VeroK Agency [Portuguese]

Mr Tiger by Davide Cali, illustrated by Miguel Tanco, translated by Gilberte Bourget [Spanish]

Thames and Hudson

Nonfiction picture books

The Trans-Siberian Railway written by Anna Desnitskaya, illustrated by Aleksandra Litvina, translated by Jane Bugaeva [Russian, Russia]

How Life on Earth Began written and illustrated by Aina Bestard, translated by Matthew Clarke [Spanish, Spain]

1001 Bees written and illustrated by Joanna Rzezak, translated by Jill Phythian [French, France]

321 Seriously Smart Things You Need To Know by Mathilda Masters, illustrated by Louize Perdius, translated by Brent Annable [Flemish, Belgium; first published by Lannoo as 321 superslimme dingen die je moet weten over geschiedenis]

The Secret Life of Whales written and illustrated by Rena Ortega, translated by Paula Meiss [Spanish, Spain; first published by Mosquito Books as Ballenas: Vida secreta]

Pop-Up Earth, text by Anne Jankeliowitch, illustrations by Annabelle Buxton, design by Olivier Charbonnel, translation by Jill Phythian [French, France; published in French as Pop-up Terre by Editions de La Martinière]

The Sky by Juliette Einhorn, illustrated by Hélène Druvert, translated by Jill Phythian [French, France]

Lift the flap/pop-up books

Boo! written and illustrated by Janik Coat, translated by Jill Phythian [French, France]

The Secret Mountain

Picture books

Summer Moonlight Concert by Han Han, translated by Xinyi Tan [from Chinese]


Graphic novels – young adult

Alter Ego by Ana C. Sanchez, tr. Nanette McGuinness [Spain, Spanish]

Bibi & Miyu, #2 Olive Vieweg/Hirara Natsume, tr. Nanette McGuinness [German, Germany]

Triangle Square (Seven Stories)

Picture book for all ages

The Lost Soul by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones [Poland, Polish]

Tundra Books

Picture book
What Does Little Crocodile Say? by Eva Montanari

What Does Little Crocodile Say? by Eva Montanari [Italian, Italy] ~ new US edition of this picture book first published in English translation by Book Island UK

Underlined Paperbacks (Penguin Random House USA)

Young Adult – Horror

Room Service by Maren Stoffels Laura Watkinson [Dutch, Netherlands]

Wacky Bee, UK

Picture book

The Hidden Talent of Phoenix Fox by Kristina Radkevich, translated by the author [Russia, Russian]

Walker Books, UK

Teen/young adult

Dragonfly Eyes by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang [Chinese]

Saving Celeste by Timothée de Fombelle, translated from French by Sarah Ardizzone [France]


Thank you to everyone who has helped us compile this list of children’s and YA translations published in 2021!

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