Resources for Booksellers

Celebrate #WorldKidLitMonth in your bookstore!

Welcome, booksellers! Celebrated worldwide, #WorldKidLitMonth is the perfect opportunity to showcase global literature for younger readers, including books, authors and illustrators from other countries, and books in translation from other languages. How will you celebrate in your bookstore? Here’s a few ideas…

Create a #WorldKidLitMonth display

You may be surprised how many children’s and YA books from other countries you already have on your shelves. Take a look at our downloadables page for lists of classic translations for young readers, 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).

It could be a window display, a table, or a shelf dedicated to books from around the world. If you have wall space, you could create a display with a map of the world showing where the different books come from. A great way to really visualise what we mean by global literature!

Please share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #WorldKidLitMonth!

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

What’s new from around the world?

Here on World Kid Lit blog, we publish a list each year of new releases so you can keep abreast of the latest new books in translation for your younger customers. Here are the lists for 2021, 2020, 2019.

And while you’re here, sign up to the blog to receive our weekly blog posts, our monthly web round-ups including upcoming releases.

#WorldKidLitMonth discounts, and book bundles

Whether you sell books online or in-store, you could offer curated book bundles for various age groups featuring books from a certain region of the world, translated from a certain language, or linked by theme. You’ll find loads of ideas on our Downloads page, or by browsing this site by age category, by country of origin, or language of origin. If you’re looking for bilingual books, take a look at this page.

To request recommendations for a certain language or part of the world, please tag us with a question on Twitter @worldkidlit, or Instagram at @worldkidlit – we’ll be glad to share our ideas, and tag others who might know great books to recommend.

Be a #WorldKidLit champion!

We would love to hear from more booksellers who would like to write about global kids’ books for World Kid Lit blog (take a look at recent blog posts featuring booksellers for inspiration).

Please tell us on social media how you include diverse, international children’s books in your collection, which translated children’s and teen books have proven popular, and how your bookstore is celebrating #WorldKidLitMonth. The hashtag #worldkidlit is active all year round, and #WorldKidLitMonth is used in September.

You can also join the conversation on the World Kid Lit Facebook group, or tag us on social media to tell us about world literature events in your store; we’ll happily retweet/share. We also include events details in our monthly news round-up (please send any news to us by 23rd of the month). To send us your news, please tag us on Twitter @worldkidlit, onInstagram at @worldkidlit, or email us at worldkidlit@gmail.com.

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