This website aims to be a portal to find a world of children’s and YA books in translation.
Here you’ll find links to recommended book lists for age-related categories. Because we cater for a global audience, we try to use open definitions and not to be too specific about target ages. You can also use the categories on the right to search our blog.
Please contact us if you’d like to suggest a translated book list for us to add here.
Board books and picture books
This category includes picture books for older readers, some of which include quite mature themes (perhaps age 6+)
- Planet Picture Book ~ Laura Taylor reviews picture books by country of origin
- USBBY 2021 OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL BOOKS LIST
- Best Picture Books in Translation ~ a list by Erica of What Do We Do All Day blog
- Picture book reviews ~ book reviews by Claire Storey
- 14 great translated picture books for pre-schoolers ~ a twitter thread by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
- Best of 2020 Picture Books – Our 2020 highlights
Chapter books / emerging readers
Accessible chapter books for emerging readers (aged roughly 5-9), with a small amount of text and pictures on most pages.
- One translated title here (can you spot it?): First Chapter Books – a list by Books for Topics
- Some of these are perfect for emerging readers: Best Chapter Books in Translation ~ a list by Erica of What Do We Do All Day blog
- Best of 2020 chapter books – Our 2020 highlights
- View posts on World Kid Lit blog categorized under Emerging Readers
Middle grade / junior fiction (including comics/graphic novels)
Recommended books for more confident readers, aged roughly 8-12.
- World Kid Lit Recommends… Junior Fiction in Translation | 20th Century Classics
- World Kid Lit Recommends… Junior Fiction in Translation | 21st century favourites
- Best Chapter Books in Translation ~ a list by Erica of What Do We Do All Day blog
- Best of 2020 Middle Grade – Our 2020 highlights
Young adult / teen fiction (including graphic novels)
- Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI) Translated YA Prize
- 50 YA Books in Translation ~ by Kelly at Stacked Books blog
- The Best Young Adult Books in Translation ~ The Reading Agency
- Best of 2020 Young Adult – Our 2020 highlights
Illustrated non-fiction (all ages)
We’re working on a list of recommended illustrated non-fiction books in translation; please check back here soon!
We’re working on a list of recommended poetry books in translation for young readers; please check back here soon!
- View posts on World Kid Lit blog categorized under Poetry