World Kid Lit LIVE

World Kid Lit LIVE is a series of online panel discussions involving authors, translators, publishers, editors, academics and literary professionals who work in the field of literature for young people in languages that are less represented in English translation.

Hosted by Marcia Lynx Qualey (ArabLit) and managed by Mohini Gupta (Mother Tongue Twisters), the World Kid Lit LIVE series facilitates language and region-specific discussion between different people working with children’s literature.

All of our World Kid Lit LIVE past events are available to watch on our Facebook page, on our YouTube channel, or here on this page.

African Kid Lit and Africa’s Many Languages

  • Sandra Tamele – Translator / Interpreter; Founder Editora Trinta Nove, Mozambique
  • Christian Elongue – Founder Muna Kalati, Cameroon
  • Edwige-Renée Dro, Writer, translator, literary activist, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ayo Oyeku – Writer, Founder Eleventh House, Nigeria


Central European Literature for Young Readers

  • Anna Bentley, translator from Hungarian
  • Antonia Lloyd-Jones, translator from Polish
  • Julia Sherwood, translator of Czech, Slovak, Polish and Russian, editor-at-large for Slovakia for Asymptote
  • Moderator Alexandra Büchler, Literature Across Frontiers, translator from Czech


Arabic Literature and Young Readers

  • Taghreed Najjar – Author
  • Fatima Sharafeddine – Writer and translator
  • Hadil Ghoneim – Author
  • Susanne Abou Ghaida – Academic
  • Moderator Marcia Lynx Qualey – Founding Editor of ArabLit


Why Translate KidLit? A talk with translators around the world

  • Lawrence Schimel – Spanish
  • Avery Fischer Udagawa – Japanese
  • Laura Watkinson – Dutch, Italian, German
  • Sawad Hussain – Arabic
  • Moderated by Marcia Lynx Qualey – Arabic


Making KidLit Travel: How translations happen

  • Charlotte Ryland – Director Stephen Spender Trust
  • Shelly Tanaka – Author and Fiction Editor at Groundwood Books
  • Radhika Menon – Publishing Director at Tulika Books
  • Emma Wright – Founder of The Emma Press
  • Moderator Marcia Lynx Qualey – co-founder World Kid Lit