Project World Kid Lit is a global, groundroots community focused on raising awareness of world literature for young people. We interpret the concept of #WorldKidLit broadly, to encompass children’s and young adult books, stories, authors and illustrators, from other countries, and books translated into English from other languages.
Project World Kid Lit is an unfunded community of volunteers. We run World Kid Lit blog, social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, all with the aim of promoting #WorldKidLitMonth every September, and encouraging a discussion of global kid lit year-round with the hashtag #WorldKidLit.
Our core aims are to encourage more diversity in English-language publishing and in educational curricula, to give a richer and more inclusive representation of the multicultural and multilingual world we live in, and to highlight great literature from around the world. We aim to make it easier to find children’s and YA books in translation into English.
Whether it’s online, on social media, or in real life, there are countless ways you can get involved with Project World Kid Lit, or to spread the word about #WorldKidLitMonth…
Social media: join the conversation!
If you enjoy a book that was translated from another language, or a story from beyond your country’s borders, please share a picture or a few words with the hashtags. If it was translated, please #namethetranslator and the language it was translated from!
For news of the latest children’s and YA books in English translation from around the world, and related events, subscribe to World Kid Lit Blog and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, our Facebook page, or the World Kid Lit Facebook discussion group.
You can also tag us @worldkidlit with questions about international children’s literature, and we’ll be happy to retweet, and suggest books or resources, if we can.
And please tag us when you’re sharing news or events relating to world literature for young readers; in most cases we’ll be happy to retweet.
Champion #WorldKidLitMonth in your community
Please help spread the word about World Kid Lit Month which happens every year in September. Tell your local school, library and bookshop about it.
If you can recommend books from another part of the world, why not offer to go in and talk about them, or give a reading?
Please share the What is World Kid Lit Month? page of our website, where you will find a wealth of resources to help make a #WorldKidLitMonth display, or celebrate the month in other ways.
Write for World Kid Lit blog: book reviews and features
Here on the blog, we welcome readers’ reviews of children’s/YA books in translation or originally published in another country besides your own.
No one is too young or too old to enjoy children’s books from other countries, and no reviewer is too young or old for our blog! See here for our growing section of Reviews by Younger Readers.
We also welcome guest contributors to submit ideas for interviews and features via our our email address firstname.lastname@example.org. You could even become a regular correspondent on the children’s literature of the part of the world you know and love.
If you’re a translator, see our Resources for Translators page for guidelines on writing a #SeekingAPublisher post about a book that isn’t translated yet but you think should be!
What do we mean by #WorldKidLit? World literature or border-crossing literature for young people, so that might be books…
- translated into English from another language
- first published in a different country from the reader
- by authors/illustrators from another country
- first published in English in another country
- written in English and published in a country that isn’t majority English-speaking
- #ownvoices stories set in another country
- Bilingual/Dual Heritage books and stories
Help us develop our resources
We aim for this site to be first port-of-call to help English readers find books from around the world, and translated into English from other languages. We link as much as we can to other organizations championing children’s literature from other parts of the world. Please tell us about initiatives and institutions to include.
And we produce our own downloadable reading guides. Please get in touch if you can help us to improve or expand any of the following resources:
- Search for books by country
- Search by original language
- Search by region of the world
- Search by age category
- World Kid Lit booklists and downloads
Project World Kid Lit: help behind the scenes
If are willing to help out in other ways, we have plenty of opportunities to support our community project. We are currently an informal community of volunteers, located across several continents, who care about spreading the word about world kid lit.
We’re aiming to create an organization. And that takes many different skill-sets, from design and graphics, to tech support at events, to fundraising, to serving as treasurer on our management commitee. We operate via three virtual teams:
- Social media and comms: the website and blog, and our various social media accounts
- Outreach: promoting World Kid Lit Month, and contributing to events and resources in partnership with other organizations
- Management committee: setting World Kid Lit up as a non-profit organization, fundraising, and managing funds – new in 2023
Please take a look at our volunteer sign-up sheet to express an interest (no commitment!) in joining one of our virtual teams, and we’ll send you more information!