World Kid Lit Champions

Please become a champion of diverse world literature for children and teens!

We have a Twitter list of World Kid Lit champions: individuals and organizations who share our passion for children’s books and YA from around the world, including in translation. Please get in touch if you’d like to be included or to recommend others.

We would also love to hear from you if you would like to write for the blog: it could be a one-off review or feature on an author or a book you would recommend for translation, or you could be a regular correspondent on the children’s literature of the part of the world you know and love.

Organizations promoting global lit for young people

We extend a world of gratitude to fellow organizations promoting diversity and inclusion in children’s literature:

GLOBAL LITERATURE IN LIBRARIES INITIATIVE

A group of librarians, translators, publishers, and literature advocates whose goal is to raise the visibility of international literature in libraries. GLLI’s blog features reviews of children’s books in translation every Wednesday, on #WorldKidLit Wednesday.

Please note the new Twitter handle: @GlobalLitin

INCLUSIVE MINDS

A collective for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children’s literature, and are committed to changing the face of children’s books. Founded by Beth Cox and Alexandra Stick, and directed by Jessi Parrott, Az Dassu and Heather Lacey

Website | Twitter

OUTSIDE IN WORLD

(Until we came on the scene in 2016) the only UK organisation dedicated to promoting, celebrating and exploring books from around the world, especially children’s books in translation.

Website | Twitter

PLANET PICTURE BOOK

Writer, translator and mum, on an adventure to research, read and review picture books from every country in the world. Website and Twitter @plapibo both worth a follow!

TRIPFICTION

Making it easy to match books with location. Book reviews of novels and non-fiction books set in over 1980+ places, including children’s books and YA.

Website | Twitter  

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS

A non-profit, grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Website | Twitter

CHINESE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Blog and Twitter account about Chinese Books for Young Readers — children’s and YA books created in Chinese. Run by @helenwanglondon@Anguche and @minjiech

ARAB KID LIT NOW

Blog about Arabic childen’s books in translation and ones that ought to be. By Marcia Lynx Qualey.

Website

RUSSIAN KID LIT BLOG

Reviews and excerpts of Russian-language books for children and teens. By Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Maria Kozlovskaya Wiltshire and Ekaterina Shatalova.

Website

Please email us us if you’d like to suggest an organization for this list!