Resources for Booksellers

Celebrate #WorldKidLitMonth in your bookshop!

Welcome booksellers! Celebrated worldwide, #WorldKidLitMonth is the perfect opportunity to showcase global literature in translation for younger reader. Please read on to find out more!

Why celebrate #WorldKidLitMonth in your bookshop?

1. Children deserve to feel they and their families are represented in the books they read, and that includes reflecting ethnic diversity, disability and neurodiversity, diverse family structures, and also cultural and linguistic diversity.

2. Books translated into English from other languages are a window onto the world! Only 5% of the world’s population speaks English as a main language, so if we read in translation we vastly open up the range of authors and perspectives on offer.

3. Getting to know the work of authors, illustrators, poets and graphic novel artists who work in languages other than English is a powerful way to value the multilingual and multicultural experiences and identities in your local community.

4. At a time when we can’t easily travel abroad, why not appeal to your customers’ need for escapism? Choose a country or a continent and fly there with a book…

How to celebrate #WorldKidLitMonth in your bookshop

Create a #WorldKidLitMonth display. You may be surprised how many books in translation you already have on your shelves. Take a look at our downloadables page for book lists including 20th Century classics (think Pippi Longstocking, Asterix, The Little Prince and the Moomins) and 21st Century favourites (The Murderer’s Ape, Akissi and The Letter for the King).

Please share pictures of your display with the hashtag #WorldKidLitMonth!

If you’ve got some wall space, you could create a display with a map of the world showing where the different books comes from. A great way to really visualise what we mean by global literature!

Curate bundles featuring books from a certain language, aimed at a certain age group, or perhaps showcase some of your favourite children’s books in translation.

Use our resources to tailor your bookshop to the people that use it. You can search our blog by language, country, region and age group. If bilingual books is what you’re looking for, take a look at this page.

We also publish a list each year of new releases so you can keep abreast of the latest new books in translation for your younger customers 2021, 2020, 2019. And while you’re here, you could sign up to the blog to receive our monthly web round-up including upcoming releases.

Bookseller Jen Kraar of City of Asylum Books, Pittsburgh, PA, with their first of many #WorldKidLitMonth social media posts!
A Read Around the World shelf at Bear Bookshop, Bearwood UK. Photo by Rumena Aktar
A #WorldKidLitMonth table at the Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Cheltenham UK

Get in touch!

We would hear from more booksellers for the blog! Please tell us how you include international children’s books in your collection, which translated children’s and teen books have proven popular, and how your bookshop has marked #WorldKidLitMonth in previous years.

Take a look at recent blog posts featuring booksellers for inspiration to showcase your bookshop!

Email us at worldkidlit@gmail.com or tag us on Twitter at @worldkidlit or Instagram at @worldkidlit

Sourcing children’s books from around the world

Riveting Reads: A World of Books in Translation, ed. Daniel Hahn and Joy Court (SLA)

World Kid Lit Book Lists …

Here you’ll find some downloadable illustrated PDF lists to help you source translated children’s and YA books. These lists can also help you identify translated titles from your existing collection (sadly, it isn’t always signposted in the metadata).

A selection of children’s books from Africa or by writers and illustrators from African countries; see the picture books and junior fiction book list