The 2022 list: children’s and YA books in translation

Every year we in September we celebrate World Kid Lit Month!

To help you find books from around the world to read and share in September, we’ve been busy compiling our annual list of translations for young readers. It’s a work in progress and you can help us by sending us book details!

We make this list every year, with the help of our friends at Outside In World, and many publishers and translators who send us details of forthcoming books.

Where possible we #namethetranslator and list the country and language the book originated in, before this English edition (e.g. [Spanish, Argentina] which means it was first published in Spanish, in Argentina). We try to include the publication date for books out later this year.

In 2021, we listed over 250 translations, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult and graphic novels. So far for 2022, we have 145 titles, so we’re sure there must be lots that we’re missing. Please send any corrections and additions to us at worldkidlit@gmail.com with the subject line “2022 translations”. Thank you!

And wherever in the world your reading journey takes you, bon voyage!

Aldana Libros (Greystone Books)

Picture Books

The Youngest Sister written by Suniyay Moreno Moreno, illustrated by Mariana Chiesa, translated by Elisa Amado [Spanish, Argentina]

Drawing Outdoors written by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado [Spanish, Mexico]

Amazon Crossing Kids

Picture books

Playing with Lanterns by Wang Yage, illustrated by Zhu Chengliang, translated from Chinese [China] by Helen Wang ~ Jan 2022

My Grandmother’s Photos by Özge Bahar Sunar, illustrated by Senta Urgan, translated from Turkish [Turkey] by Amy Marie Spangler ~ Jan 2022

A Dream of Birds by Shenaz Patel, illustrated by Emmanuelle Tchoukriel, translated from French [Mauritius] by Edwige-Renée Dro ~ June 2022

Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life by David Aguilar and Aguilar, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel

Andersen Press

Middle Grade

The Upside-Down River, Vol. 1: Tomek’s Journey by Jean-Claude Mourlevat, translated by Ros Schwartz [French, France]

The Upside-Down River, Vol. 2: Hannah’s Journey by Jean-Claude Mourlevat, translated by Ros Schwartz [French, France] ~ August 2022

Teen/Young adult

Me, In Between, Julya Rabinowich, translated from German (Austria) by Claire Storey ~ Jan 2022

Arctis, USA

Teen/Young adult

AlHambra by Kirsten Boie, translated by David Henry Wilson [German]

The Might by Siri Pettersen, translated by Siân Mackie and Paul Russell Garrett [Norwegian, Norway]

Sign of the Eight by Benjamin Lebert, translated by Oliver Latsch [German, Germany]

Our Own Little Paradise by Marianne Kaurin, translated by Olivia Lasky [Norwegian, Norway]

Berbay Publishing, Australia

Picture books

Say Hello? by Sung Mi Kim, translated by Clare Richards [Korean, South Korea] ~ October 2022

Big Picture Press

Picture Book

Take a Bite by Daj Gryza, translated by Agnes Monod-Gayraud [Polish, Poland] ~ October 2022

Blue Dot Kids Press, USA

Picture books

My Day in the Park, by Marta Orzel, translated by Johanna McCalmont [translated from French / France] ~ ebook available

Just to See, by Morgane de Cadier, illustrated by Florian Pigé, translated by Johanna McCalmont [translated from French / France] ~ June 2022 ~ ebook available

I’ll Take Care of You, by Maria Loretta Giraldo, illustrated by Nicoletta Bertelle, translated by Johanna McCalmont [translated from Italian / Italy] ~ ebook available

Bonnier Books

Junior Readers

Maya and her Friends by Larysa Denysenko, illustrated by Masha Foya, translated by Burshtyna Tereshchenko [Ukrainian, Ukraine]

Candlewick Press

Teen/Young adult

Dragonfly Eyes by Cao Wenxuan, translated from Chinese by Helen Wang ~ US edition published in June 2022; UK edition was published by Walker Books in 2021

Charmz

Graphic Novel

Chloe #6: Green Thumb by Greg Tessier, translated by Nanette McGuiness ~ November 2022 [French]

Crocodile Books (Interlink), USA

Picture Books

What Shall We Play Now? by Taghreed Najjar, illustrated by Charlotte Shama, translated by Taghreed Najjar [Arabic, Lebanon]

Sitti’s Bird: A Gaza Story, written and illustrated by Malak Mattar, translated from Arabic by Interlink staff

Girls Rock Indonesia written by Claudia Bellante, illustrated by Josefina Schargorodsky, translated from Italian by Interlink staff

The Wrestling Cholitas of Bolivia written by Claudia Bellante, illustrated by Anna Carbone, translated from Italian by Interlink staff

Dedalus, UK

Middle Grade

The Bird Master by Karin Erlandsson, translated by Annie A. Prime [Swedish, Finland] ~ ebook available

The Pearl Whisperer by Karin Erlandsson, translated by Annie A. Prime [Swedish, Finland] ~ ebook available

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, USA

Picture books

It’s So Difficult by Raúl Nieto Guridi, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel [Spain]

The Pack by Amanda Cley, llustrated by Cecilia Ferri, translated from Italian [Italy]

The Writer by Davide Cali, llustrated by Monica Barengo, translated from Italian [Italy]

The Gift by Alain Serge Dzotap (Cameroon), illustrated by Dephine Renon, translated from French [France]

A Perfect Spot by Isabelle Simmler, translated from French by Vineet Lal [France]

The Book That Kibo Wrote by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel

Madani’s Best Game by Fran Pintadera Raquel Catalina, translated by Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Spain] ~ October 2022

A Head Full of Birds by Alexandra Garibal, illustrated by Sibylle Delacroix, translated by Vineet Lal [French, France]

Junior fiction

Different: A Story of the Spanish Civil War by Monica Montanes, illustrated by Eva Sanchez Gomez, translated by Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Venezuela] ~ Nov 2022

Eklavya, India

Archimedes and the Slice of Bread by Hans Sande, illustrated by Gry Moursund, translated by Marietta Taralrud Maddrell [Norwegian, Norway]

Moon Hunters by Mohammad Reza Shams, illustrated by Amin Hassanzadeh, translated by Farideh Khalatbaree [Farsi, Iran]

Elsewhere Editions, USA

Picture books

Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye by Claude Ponti, translated by Alyson Waters & Margot Kerlidou [French, France]

What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking by Tina Oziewicz, illustrated by Aleksandra Zając, translated by Jennifer Croft [Polish, Poland] ~ July 2022

João by a Thread by Roger Mello, translated by Daniel Hahn [Portuguese, Brazil] ~ Oct 2022

Emma Press

Oskar and the Things, written by Andrus Kivirähk, illustrated by Anne Pikkov, translated from Estonian by Adam Cullen [Estonia] ~ Sept 2022

Enchanted Lion Books, USA

Picture books

A Kunwinjku Counting Book by Gabriel Maralngurra & Felicity Wright, a bilingual book in English and Kunwinjku (Australia)

At the Drop of a Cat by Elise Fontenaille, illustrated by Violeta Lópiz, translated by Karin Snelson and Emilie Robert Wong [French, France] ~ October 2022

Bedtime for Bo, by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, illus. by Mari Kanstad Johnsen, trans. by Kari Dickson [Norwegian, Norway] ~ July 2022

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

Sato the Rabbit, A Sea of Tea, written & illus. by Yuki Ainoya, trans. by Michael Blaskowsky [Japanese, Japan]

Telling Stories Wrong, by Gianni Rodari, illus. by Beatrice Alemagna, trans. by Antony Shugaar [Italian, Italy] ~ Jun 2022

The Amazing and True Story of Tooth Mouse Perez, by Ana Cristina Herreros, illus. by Violeta Lópiz, trans. by Sara Lissa Paulson [Spanish, Spain] ~ Aug 2022

The Bird Coat, by Inger Marie Kjolstadmyr, illus. by Øyvind Torseter, trans. by Kari Dickson [Norwegian, Norway] ~ Aug 2022

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

Junior fiction

Black by Håkon Øvreås, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson [Norwegian, Norway] ~ fall 2022

Farewell, Snow White, by Beatrice Alemagna, translated by Emilie Robert Wong [French, France] ~ fall 2022

Mulysses, by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson [Norwegian, Norway] ~ fall 2022

Older readers (Unruly Books imprint)

The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories, by Gianni Rodari, illus. by Matthew Forsythe, trans. by Jack Zipes [Italian, Italy] ~ fall 2022

The Book of Denial, by Ricardo Chávez Castañeda, illustrated by Alejandro Magallanes, translated by Lawrence Schimel [Spanish, Mexico] ~ fall 2022

Evergreen

The Two of Us Belong Together written by Michael Engler, illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias, translated by Laura Watkinson [Germany, Germany]

Help the Lion Brush His Teeth! written by Sophie Schoenwald, illustrated by Günther Jakobs, translated by Rachel Ward [Germany, Germany]

A Strange Bird written by Michael Engler, illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias, translated by Laura Watkinson [Germany, Germany]

The World’s Greatest Treasure written by Andrea Schütze, illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias, translated by Rachel Ward [Germany, Germany]

Petronella Applesauce written by Sabine Städing, illustrated by Sabine Büchner, translated by Romy Fursland [Germany, Germany]

Farshore / HarperCollins, UK

A Fairytale for Everyone edited by Boldizsár Nagy, translated by Anna Bentley [Hungarian, Hungary] ~ fall 2022

50 Watts Books, USA

Tiger in the Land of Dreams, written and illustrated by Tiger Tateishi, translated by Yosuke Kitazawa [Japanese, Japan]

Firefly Press, UK

Teen/Young Adult

The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros, translated by the author [Welsh, Wales, UK]

Floris, UK

Picture books

Mama: A World of Mothers and Motherhood by Hélène Delforge, illustrated by Quentin Gréban [French, Belgium]

The Fearless Little Farm Boy by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Marit Törnqvis, translated by Polly Lawson [Swedish, Sweden]

An Illustrated Collection of Nordic Animal Tales by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin, translated by Jill Timbers [Finnish, Finland]

Flyaway Books

Picture Book

I Love You, Blue, by Barroux [translated from French, France]

Gecko Press, New Zealand

Board books

Lionel Poops by Eric Veillé, translated by Daniel Hahn [French, France] ~ June 2022

Lionel Eats All by Himself by Eric Veillé, translated by Daniel Hahn [French, France]

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

Friend / E Hoa by Gavin Bishop [available in English and in te reo Māori (Maori), New Zealand] ~ Aug 2022

Let’s Play, Little Rabbit by Jörg Mühle, translated by Catherine Chidgey [German, Germany]

Picture books

Elephant Island by Leo Timmers, translated from Dutch by James Brown [Belgium]

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends by Philip Waechter, translated by Melody Shaw [German, Germany] ~ June 2022

Free Kid to Good Home by Hiroshi Ito, translated by Cathy Hirano [Japanese, Japan] ~ July 2022

Gotcha! by Clotilde Perrin, translated from French (France) by Daniel Hahn ~ out late 2022

Leilong’s Too Long! by Julia Liu, illus. Bei Lynn, translated by Helen Wang [Chinese, Taiwan]

Lisette’s Lie by Catharina Valckx, translated by Antony Shugaar [Dutch, Netherlands]

The Secret of Cricket Karlsson by Kristina Sigunsdotter, illustrated by Ester Eriksson, translated by Julia Marshall [Swedish, Sweden]

Chapter books

The Tale of the Tiny Man by Barbro Lindgren, Eva Eriksson, translated from Swedish by Julia Marshall [Sweden]

The Ape Star by Frida Nilsson, translated from Swedish by Julia Marshall [Sweden] ~ Sept 2022

Duck’s Backyard by Ulrich Hub, illus. Jörg Mühle, translated by Helena Kirkby [German, Germany] ~ Sept 2022

Graphic Universe (Lerner), USA

Graphic Novels

Amazona by Canizales, translated by Sofía Huitrón Martínez [Spanish, Colombia]

Felix and Calcite #1: The Land of the Trolls, by Artur Laperla [translated from Spanish, Spain]

Felix and Calcite #2: Never Make a Giant Mad, by Artur Laperla [translated from Spanish, Spain]

Super Potato #9: Super Potato’s All-Night Dinosaur Fight by Artur Laperla [translated from Spanish, Spain]

A Game for Swallows (Expanded Edition) by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin [French, Lebanon]

Green Bean Books, UK

Picture Book

Nuri and the Whale by Ronit Chacham, translated by Mekella Broomberg [Hebrew, Israel] ~ Oct 2021

Groundwood, Canada

Picture books

Pebbles to the Sea written by Marie-Andrée Arsenault, illustrated by Dominique Leroux, translated by Shelley Tanaka [French, Canada] ~ Oct 2022

Middle grade

Forever Truffle written by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Susan Ouriou [French, Canada] ~ Aug 2022

A Place for Pauline written by Anouk Mahiout, illustrated by Marjolaine Perreten, translated from French [Canada]~ Sept 2022

Severn Speaks Out Speech by Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Analysis by Alex Nogués, Illustrated by Ana Suaréz, translated by Susan Ouriou (analysis originally in Spanish, Spain) ~ non-fiction, Sept 2022

Teen / Young Adult

Suck It In and Smile written by Laurence Beaudoin-Masse, translated by Shelley Tanaka [French, Canada] ~ October 2022

Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 

Teen/Young Adult

Faster Than the Swords: Rebecca and her Daughters in the Tywi Valley in 1843, by Myrddin ap Dafydd, translated by Sue Walton [Welsh, Wales/UK]

Hachette Kids

Middle grade graphic novels

Five on Treasure Island by Enid Blyton, Béja and Nataël, translated by Emma Page [French, France]

Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton, Béja and Nataël, translated by Emma Page [French, France]

Humanoids / Life Drawn

Graphic novels

Makhno: Ukrainian Freedom Fighter by Philippe Thirault and Roberto Zaghi, translated from French by Nanette McGuinness ~ March 2022

Alice on the Run: One Child’s Journey Through the Rwandan Civil War, by Gaspard Talmasse, translated from French by Nanette McGuinness ~ July 2022

Tiki: A Very Ruff Year, by David Azencot and Fred Leclerc, translated by Nanette McGuinness [French, France] ~ Aug 2022

Jieli-ASEAN Children’s Book Alliance

Picture books

The Secret of the Long-haired Girl by Liu Xushuang, illustrated by Wang Xiaoxiao, translated by Phyllis Ang [Chinese, China] ~ Jan 2022

I Really Want Strawberries Liu Hangyu, translated by Phyllis Ang [Chinese, China] ~ Jan 2022

Kinder-Loshn Publications

Uh Oh! by Jenny Kjaerbo, translated into English by Rachel Field and Jordan Kutzik; also published in Yiddish as Gevald! in translation by Arun Viswanath [Faroese, Faroe Islands] ~ December 2022

Levine Querido

Picture books

A Is for Bee: An Alphabet Book in Translation by Ellen Heck ~ Nov 2022

Mr Coats by Sieb Postuma, translated by David Colmer [Dutch, Netherlands] ~ Sept 2022

You Are The Loveliest by Hans and Monique Hagen, illustrated by Marit Tornqvist, translated by David Colmer [Dutch, Netherlands]

Nine Color Deer written and illustrated by Kailin Duan, translated from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang ~ Fall 2022

Middle grade

Geo-Graphics by Regina Giménez, tranlsated by Alexis Romay and Valerie Black [Spanish, Spain]

Phalaina by Alice Briére-Haquet, translated by Emma Ramadan [French, France]

Young adult

Ironhead, or Once a Young Lady by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, translated by Kristen Gehrman [Flemish, Belgium]

The Days of Bluegrass Love by Edward van de Vendel, translated by Emma Rault [Dutch, Netherlands]

Little Gestalten

Legendary Escapes: The World’s Most Incredible Breakouts, by Soledad Romero, illustrations by Julio Antonio Blasco, translated from Spanish by Emily Plank [Spain] ~ Aug 2022

The Sound of Letters by Jeanne Boyer, illustrated by Julien Billaudeau, translated into English by Fay Evans [French, France] ~ Aug 2022

Hello Robot! Translated from Spanish by Rosa Gomez [Spain]

How to be a Spy translated from Spanish by Fay Evans for Kleine Gestalten/Little Gestalten [Spain]

Milky Way Picture Books (Comme des Geants)

Little Pea’s Drawing School by Davide Cali, illustrated by Sébastien Mourrain, translated by Nick Frost [French, Canada]

Quiet! by Céline Claire, illustrated by Magali Le Huche, translated by Mireille Messier [French, Canada]

Van Dog by Mikołaj Pa, illustrated by Gosia Herba, translated by the author, Mikołaj Pa [Polish, Poland] ~ Nov 2022

We Would Pretend by André Marois, illustrated by Gérard DuBois, translated by Nick Frost and Catherine Ostiguy [French, Canada] ~ Oct 2022

The Thirteenth Piglet by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Martina Tonello, translated by Andrée Poulin [French, Canada] ~ Oct 2022

Clover by Nadine Robert, illustrated by Qin Leng, translated by Nick Frost and Catherine Ostiguy [French, Canada] ~ Sept 2022

I Caught a Rainbow by Danielle Chaperon, illustrated by Nathalie Dion, translated by Nick Frost and Catherine Ostiguy [French, Canada] ~ Sept 2022

Can You Hear me? by Ekaterina Trukhan, translated by Ekaterina Trukhan and Nadine Robert [Slovak, Slovakia] ~ Nov 2022

NBM Publishing

Graphic novels

Rosa Parks by Mariapaola Pesce, illustrated by Matteo Mancini, translated by Nanette McGuinness [Italian, Italy]

New Classic Press

I Want to Be Good by Huang Beijia, translated from Chinese by Nicky Harman [Mandarin]

New York Review Children’s Collection

Picture Book

Our Fort written by Marie Dorléans, translated by Alyson Waters [French, France]

NorthSouth

Picture books

Piatti for Children by Celestino Piatti [Italian, Italy]

Oni Press

Talli, Daughter of the Moon #1, by Sourya Sihachakr, translated by François Vigneault [French, France] ~ Sept 2022

Orca Book Publishers

Picture books

It’s Me, Henry! by Stéphanie Deslautiers, illustrated by Geneviéve Després, translated by Charles Simard [French, Canada]

Olivia Wrapped in Vines written by Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve, illustrated by Sandra Dumais, translated by Charles Simard [French, Canada]

Naked: Not Your Average Sex Encyclopedia by Myriam Daguzan Bernier, illustrated by Cécile Gariépy, translated by Charles Simard [French, Canada]

Papercutz

Graphic novels

Magical History Tour #7: Gandhi, by Fabrice Erre and Sylvain Savoia, translated by Nanette McGuinness [French, France]

Magical History Tour #8: Vikings, by Fabrice Erre and Sylvain Savoia, translated by Nanette McGuinness [French, France]

Magical History Tour #9: The Titanic, by Fabrice Erre and Sylvain Savoia [French, France]

Magical History Tour #10: The First Steps on the Moon, by Fabrice Erre and Sylvain Savoia, translated by Nanette McGuinness [French, France] ~ out in August 2022

Magical History Tour #10: Slavery, by Fabrice Erre and Sylvain Savoia, translated by Nanette McGuinness [French, France] ~ December 2022

The Sisters #8: My NEW Big Sister by Christophe Cazenove [French, France] ~ Nov 2022

Prestel

Picture Books

Olaf Hajek’s Fantastic Fruits by Annette Roeder, Olaf Hajek, translated by Paul Kelly [German, Germany]

Ella in the Garden of Giverny: A Picture Book about Claude Monet by Daniel Fehr, with illustrations by Monika Vaicenaviciene, translated by Paul Kelly [German, Germany]

Pushkin Press

The King of the Copper Mountain by Paul Biegel, translated from Dutch [Netherlands]

The Little Captain by Paul Biegel, translated from Dutch [Netherlands]

What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking, by Tina Oziewicz and Aleksandra Zając, translated by Jennifer Croft [from Polish, Poland]

Glowrushes by Roberto Piumini, translated from Italian [Italy] by Leah Janeczko ~ December 2022

Red Comet Press

Picture books

Imagine! Rhymes of Hope to Shout Together by Bruno Tognolini & Giulia Orecchia, translated from Italian by Denise Muir [Italy]

The Most Important Thing by Antonella Abbatiello, translated from Italian (Italy) by Angus Yuen-Killick

The Friendship Surprise by Giorgio Volpe & Paolo Proietti, translated from Italian (Italy) by Angus Yuen-Killick

The Happiest Lion Cub by Oleksandr Shatokhin, translated by Zenia Tompkins [Ukrainian, Ukraine] ~ out in September 2022

Albie On His Way by Jutta Bauer, translated by Matthias Wieland [German, Germany]~ October 2022

My Hands by Néjib translated by Angus Yuen-Killick [French, France] ~September 2022

Scholastic

Teen/Young Adult

This is our Place by Vitor Martins, translated by Larissa Helena [Portuguese, Brazil] ~ out in November 2022

Soho Press, USA

Teen/Young Adult

The Color of the Sky Is the Shape of the Heart by Chesil, translated by Takami Nieda [Japanese, Japan] ~ ebook available

Street Noise Books

Graphic novels

Gay Giant by author/illustrator Gabriel Ebensperger, translated Kelley D. Salas and Mercedes Guhl [Spanish, Chile] ~ June 2022

Tapioca Stories, USA

Picture books

My Neighborhood by Maria Jose Ferrada, Ana Penyas, translated by Kit Maude [Spanish / Chile]

Swimmers by Maria Jose Ferrada and Mariana Alcantar, translated by Kit Maude [Spanish / Chile]

The Beach by Sol Undurraga, translated by Kit Maude [Spanish, Chile]

Aaahhh! by Guilhere Karsten, translated by Eric M. B. Becker [Portuguese, Brazil]

Tra Publishing, USA

Picture Book

What’s Hidden in the Sky? Animal Constellations Around the World by Aina Bestard, translated from Spanish [Spain]

TokyoPop

Graphic Novels

Sirius: Twin Stars, by Ana C. Sanchez, translated by Nanette McGuinness [Spanish, Spain]

Triangle Square (Seven Stories Press)

Young adult non-fiction

No to Homophobia: Harvey Milk by Safia Amor, translated by Ruth Diver [French, France] ~ Sept 2022

No to dictatorship: Victor Jara by Bruno Doucey, translated by Ruth Diver ~ Sept 2022

University of Texas Press

Young adult

Thunderbird #1 by Sonia Nimr, translated by M Lynx Qualey [Arabic, Palestine]

Thunderbird #2 by Sonia Nimr, translated by M Lynx Qualey [Arabic, Palestine] ~ November 2022

Yonder (Restless Books)

Picture books

Noor and Bobby

My Life at the Bottom: The Story of a Lonesome Axolotl, by Linda Bondestam, translated by A. A. Prime [Swedish, Finland]

Noor and Bobby by Praline Gay-Para, illustrated by Lauranne Quentric, translated by Alyson Waters [French, France; set in Lebanon] ~ out in October 2022

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