International YA Literature Month

This month is International Young Adult Literature Month, and our friends over at Global Literature in Libraries Initiative have been sharing daily posts with recommendations of YA books from around the world curated by high school librarian Linda Hoiseth.

This week on World Kid Lit, we are joining in the celebrations! Claire Storey will be speaking to translator David Bowles, Deborah Iwabuchi will be reviewing books by Japanese writer Shion Miura, and Eva Kwatek will be telling us about a German YA novel that has sold over one million copies worldwide.

But today, we’d like to remind you about the huge archive we have here at World Kid Lit. Here are just a few highlights that you might enjoy this International Young Adult Lit Month. For more, you can search the WKL website using the Young Adult category or click this link.


Interview with Palestinian author Sonia Nimr and Marcia Lynx Qualey: Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands

International Migrants Day: Interview with Italian author Fabio Geda

Interview with Welsh author and translator Manon Steffan Ros

The Edelweiss Pirates – conversation with translator Rachel Ward (historical YA fiction from Germany)

Translator Larissa Helena in conversation with Lawrence Schimel (literature from Brazil)


YA Book Review: Eve out of her ruins

Afro Young Adult Fiction Project– Water Birds on the Lakeshore

‘The Ventriloquist’s Daughter’: An Introduction to New YA by Lin Man-Chiu, Trans. Helen Wang

A Closer Look at the 2020 Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Translated Young Adult Book Prize Winners

YA book review: No and Me by Delphine De Vigan


Why YA? Recommendations and Resources for Young and Not-So-Young Adults

YA in Translation: An Overview

Seeking a Publisher

Sotto il velo / Beneath the Veil by Takoua Ben Mohamed (Italian)

Me, My Friend and the Donkey by critically acclaimed and prolific Palestinian author, Mahmoud Shukair (Arabic)

And don’t forget to check out our latest #SeekingaPublisher compilations which also include recommended YA titles: