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Read the World

They say reading is a discount ticket to everywhere, and it’s easier than ever before to travel the world by book. Here at World Kid Lit, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find children’s and young adult books in translation, so you can embark on your own reading tour of the globe, no matter how modest or ambitious.

On this website, we hope to direct you, where we can, to children’s and YA fiction translated into English from other languages. Where such titles aren’t available, we’ll suggest fiction for young readers by writers from these countries, originally in English, or published in English in those countries. We also aim to include bilingual fiction and poetry where possible. This is an ambitious initiative being carried out by a small group of volunteers, so please do get in touch if you can help with suggesting titles or material for the blog. Thank you!

Map your reading tour

You might want to keep track of your read around the world with a reading passport or by marking your travels on a globe or map. You can download a free world map from a creative commons source such as Wikimedia Commons. This high resolution creative commons image would make a great wall map. 

You can find books from different countries by clicking on the links in the list below. Or download our World Kid Lit Recommends lists: illustrated guides including the front covers of recommended reads for various age groups. Why not print out these lists, cut out the book images and stick them on your map as you tour the world? 

Countries and regions

A
Afghanistan ~ on this blog
Albania ~ on this blog
Algeria ~ on this blog
Andorra
Angola ~ Kids Travel Books
Antigua and Barbuda ~ on this blog
Argentina ~ on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Armenia ~ on this blog
Australia ~ on this blog ~ Outside in World
Austria ~ on this blog ~ Outside in World
Azerbaijan ~ on this blog 

B
The Bahamas ~ on this blog 
Bahrain
Bangladesh ~ on this blog
Barbados

Basque Country ~ on this blog
Belarus ~ on this blog
Belgium ~ on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Belize
Benin ~ on this blog
Bhutan ~ on this blog
Bolivia ~ on this blog
Bosnia and Herzegovina ~  on this blog ~ Outside in World
Botswana ~ on this blog
Brazil ~ on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Brunei
Bulgaria ~ on this blog
Burkina Faso
Burundi

C
Cape Verde ~ on this blog
Cambodia ~ Kids Travel Books
Cameroon ~ on this blog ~ Cameroonian books for children and young adults waiting to be translated! (list by MunaKalati.org)
Canada ~ on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

Catalonia
Central African Republic ~ on this blog ~ Reading Women Worldwide
Chad ~ Kids Travel Books
Chile ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
China ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Colombia ~ mentions on this blog
Comoros
Congo / Democratic Republic of Congo ~ mentions on this blog
Congo / Republic of Congo
Costa Rica ~ mentions on this blog
Côte d’Ivoire ~ mentions on this blog
Croatia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Cuba ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Cyprus ~ mentions on this blog
Czech Republic ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World

D
Denmark (including the Faroe Islands) ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E
East Timor (Timor-Leste)
Ecuador ~ mentions on this blog
Egypt ~ mentions on this blog
El Salvador ~ World Kid Lit ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Equatorial Guinea ~ mentions on this blog
Eritrea ~ mentions on this blog
Estonia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Eswatini / Swaziland
Ethiopia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book

F
Fiji
Finland ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
France ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World

G
Gabon ~ on World Kid Lit

Galicia
Gambia
Georgia ~ mentions on this blog
Germany ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Ghana ~ mentions on this blog ~ Global Literature in Libraries 
Greece ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Grenada
Guatemala ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Guinea ~ Planet Picture Book
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana ~ mentions on this blog

H
Haiti ~ Planet Picture Book
Honduras
Hungary ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World

I
Iceland ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
India ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Indonesia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Iran ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Iraq ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Ireland ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Israel ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Italy ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

J
Jamaica ~ mentions on this blog
Japan ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ SCBWI Japan list of recommended translations
Jordan ~ mentions on this blog

K
Kazakhstan
Kenya ~ mentions on this blog
Kiribati
North Korea / Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ~ mentions on this blog
South Korea ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Kosovo
Kurdistan ~ mentions on this blog
Kuwait ~ mentions on this blog
Kyrgyzstan

L
Laos
Latvia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Lebanon ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Luxembourg

M
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Maldives
Mali
Malta ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma) ~ mentions on this blog

N
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal ~ mentions on this blog
Netherlands ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
New Zealand ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Nicaragua ~ mentions on this blog
Niger ~ mentions on this blog
Nigeria ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book

Northern Ireland (part of the UK)
North Macedonia
Norway ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

O
Oman

P
Pakistan ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Palau
Palestine ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru ~ mentions on this blog
Philippines ~ mentions on this blog
Poland ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Portugal ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

Q
Qatar ~ mentions on this blog

R
Romania ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Russia / Russian Federation ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Rwanda ~ mentions on this blog

S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia ~ Planet Picture Book
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa ~ Planet Picture Book
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia ~ mentions on this blog

Scotland (part of the UK)
Senegal
Serbia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Seychelles
Sierra Leone ~ mentions on this blog
Singapore ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Slovakia ~ mentions on this blog
Slovenia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Solomon Islands ~ Planet Picture Book
Somalia ~ mentions on this blog
South Africa ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
Spain ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Translation grants are available from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to promote literary translation from Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician. Children’s literature is eligible. More details on the New Spanish Books website.

Sri Lanka ~ mentions on this blog
Sudan ~ mentions on this blog
Sudan, South ~ mentions on this blog
Suriname
Sweden ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Switzerland ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book ~ The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia awards grants for translations of contemporary literary works from Switzerland with a separate area of their website featuring books for young people
Syria ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

T
Taiwan ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Tajikistan
Tanzania ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Thailand ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Togo
Tonga ~ Planet Picture Book
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu

U
Uganda ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Ukraine ~ mentions on this blog
United Arab Emirates (UAE) ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World
United Kingdom (UK) ~ Outside in World
United States (USA) ~ Outside in World
Uruguay
Uzbekistan

V
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela ~ mentions on this blog
Vietnam ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book

W

Wales (part of the UK) ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World

Y
Yemen ~ mentions on this blog

Z
Zambia ~ mentions on this blog
Zimbabwe ~ mentions on this blog

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If you know about children’s and teen/YA books published in languages other than English and that language/country doesn’t feature yet on our blog, please get in touch!