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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 direct you 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 Book 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 ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog
Albania ~ on this blog
Algeria ~ on this blog
Andorra
Angola ~ Kids Travel Books
Antigua and Barbuda ~ World Kid Lit blog
Argentina ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from the Americas

Armenia ~ World Kid Lit blog
Australia ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
Austria ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
Azerbaijan ~ World Kid Lit blog 

B
The Bahamas ~ World Kid Lit blog 
Bahrain
Bangladesh ~ World Kid Lit blog
Barbados

Basque Country ~ World Kid blog ~ 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
Belarus ~ World Kid Lit blog
Belgium ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Belize ~ Kids Read the World
Benin ~ World Kid Lit blog
Bhutan ~ World Kid Lit blog
Bolivia ~ World Kid Lit blog
Bosnia and Herzegovina ~ World Kid lit blog ~ Outside in World
Botswana ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog
Brazil ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from the Americas ~ 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  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from the Americas ~ book reviews at Outside in World & Planet Picture Book

Catalonia ~ 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
Central African Republic ~ on this blog ~ Reading Women Worldwide
Chad ~ Kids Travel Books
Chile ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from the Americas ~ Outside in World
China ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ World Kid Lit Downloadable PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Asia

Colombia ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from the Americas
Comoros
Congo / Democratic Republic of Congo ~ mentions on this blog
Congo / Republic of Congo
Costa Rica ~ mentions on this blog
Côte d’Ivoire ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit blog
Croatia ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
Cuba ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Cyprus ~ World Kid Lit blog
Czech Republic ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World

D
Denmark (including the Faroe Islands) ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic ~ Kids Read the World 

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  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ Outside in World
Eswatini / Swaziland
Ethiopia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book

F
Fiji
Finland ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
France ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World

G
Gabon ~ on World Kid Lit blog

Galicia ~ 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.
Gambia
Georgia ~ World Kid Lit blog
Germany ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit 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  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ Outside in World

I
Iceland ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
India ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Asia
Indonesia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Asia
Iran ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Iraq ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
Ireland ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Israel ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Italy ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

J
Jamaica ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit blog
Japan ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ SCBWI Japan list of recommended translations ~ World Kid Lit Downloadable PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Asia
Jordan ~ World Kid Lit blog

K
Kazakhstan
Kenya ~ mentions on this blog
Kiribati
North Korea / Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ~ World Kid Lit blog
South Korea ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit Downloadable PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Asia
Kosovo
Kurdistan ~ World Kid Lit blog
Kuwait ~ World Kid Lit blog
Kyrgyzstan

L
Laos
Latvia ~ mentions on this blog  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Lebanon ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania ~ mentions on this blog  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Luxembourg

M
Madagascar
Malawi ~ Kids Read the World
Malaysia ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Maldives
Mali ~ World Kid Lit blog
Malta ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from the Americas ~ translated book reviews at Outside in World
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia ~ World Kid Lit blog
Montenegro
Morocco ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Mozambique ~ World Kid Lit blog
Myanmar (Burma) ~ World Kid Lit blog

N
Namibia ~ World Kid Lit blog
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 ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

O
Oman

P
Pakistan ~ World Kid Lit 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  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ 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 ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ Outside in World
Russia / Russian Federation ~ mentions on this blog  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ 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 ~ World Kid Lit blog
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  ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Solomon Islands ~ Planet Picture Book
Somalia ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog
South Africa ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World
Spain ~ World Kid Lit 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 ~ World Kid Lit blog
Sudan ~ World Kid Lit blog
South Sudan ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog
Suriname ~ World Kid Lit blog
Sweden ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Switzerland ~ World Kid Lit 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 ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book

T
Taiwan ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit Downloadable PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Asia
Tajikistan
Tanzania ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Thailand ~ mentions on this blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Togo ~ Kids Read the World 
Tonga ~ Planet Picture Book
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia ~ World Kid Lit blog
Turkey ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Outside in World ~ Planet Picture Book
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu

U
Uganda ~ mentions on this blog ~ Planet Picture Book
Ukraine ~ mentions on this blog ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Central and Eastern Europe ~
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 ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ World Kid Lit PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from the Americas

Vietnam ~ Kids Read the World ~ World Kid Lit blog ~ Planet Picture Book ~ World Kid Lit Downloadable PDF Book List: Children’s Books in Translation from Asia

W

Wales (part of the UK) ~ World Kid Lit 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!