Welcome, teachers, librarians and education professionals!

A #WorldKidLitMonth library display

Celebrated worldwide in September, #WorldKidLitMonth is the time to diversify the books available to your pupils, to include books first written in languages other than English.

In the same month as International Translation Day, World Kid Lit Month could be the time to plan and set off on a class reading journey, taking in books from around the world. It’s the perfect time to consider how your school’s or your local community’s language landscape can be celebrated and represented in the books you read and discuss.

Please follow us on social media to hear about resources for primary and secondary schools as we add them, and do also explore the many resource pages across the website. For example, you can search for books by age category, by country of origin, language of origin, and you’ll also find reading lists for regions of the world.

Why celebrate World Kid Lit Month in your school?

1. Children deserve to feel they and their families are represented in the books they encounter at school and in the library, 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. Reading and discussing books that have been translated is the perfect route into exploring creative translation and all the exciting ways that we can use our foreign language decoding skills to discover literature, music and films from around the world.

4. 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 other languages and centre students’ multilingual experiences and family heritage.

5. Reading children’s and YA books from around the world can enrich the humanities curriculum, offering different perspectives and #ownvoices experiences of history, and bringing the geography, social and religious studies curricula to life.

These are just a few reasons to celebrate #WorldKidLitMonth in your school and to use the month as the time to research and set off on a reading adventure with your students!

Reading lists galore …

Here you’ll find some downloadable PDF lists to help you on your reading exploration of the world.

Translating poems and stories in the classroom

World Kid Lit Month and International Translation Day are the perfect occasion to explore creative translation in your classroom! With structured resources, anyone can have a go at translating a picture book or a poem, an extract of a graphic novel or a dialogue from a chapter book or middle grade novel. Translation activities can be a great way to introduce or support a second language, even with very young children including pre-readers.

Here we recommend a few organizations working to support schools and teachers who would like to introduce their students to the process of translating a creative text, from decoding/codebreaking, translating the gist, and editing creatively for style and register.