Get involved with Project World Kid Lit

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 TwitterInstagram, 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!

Please use the hashtags! If you enjoy a book that was translated from another language, or a story from beyond your country’s borders, pplease share a picture or a few words with the hashtag #WorldKidLit (or #WorldKidLitMonth in September).

For news of the latest children’s and YA books in English translation from around the world, and events relating to world kit lit, 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 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 September, World Kid Lit Month! 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.

World Kid Lit blog: book reviews (including by younger readers)

Here on the blog, we welcome readers’ reviews of children’s/YA books in translation or originally published in another country.

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.

What do we mean by #WorldKidLit? World literature or border-crossing literature for young people, so that might be books…

  • first published in a different country from the reader
  • by authors/illustrators from another country
  • translated into English from another language
  • 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 books written in two languages

We’re also eager to expand the World Kid Lit YouTube channel, so do get in touch if you’re interested in reviewing books or interviewing authors or children’s literature experts on video.

If you’d like to send us books to review or to offer to write for the blog, please email us at worldkidlitblog@gmail.com

World Kid Lit blog: features and interviews

At World Kid Lit blog, we warmly welcome guest contributors and suggestions for interviews and features. Please email us at worldkidlitblog@gmail.com if you’d like to contribute an article or a book review, or suggest titles for one of our downloadable books listsYou could even become a regular correspondent on the children’s literature of the part of the world you know and love.

All contributions to World Kid Lit blog are pro bono. We are a collective of interested individuals with no funding, and no one is paid for their contributions to the blog or the broader World Kid Lit project.

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:

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 four virtual teams:

  • Blog and website resources
  • Social media
  • Events and outreach
  • Management committee – 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!