World Kid Lit Downloads

On this page you’ll find all of our downloadable PDF resources, which are also linked to from other places around the website.

Illustrated book lists

Here are various printable book lists to help you source books for your school, your bookshop/library, or for your own reading exploration of the world.

Please ask if there is a reading list you would find useful!

Read the World | Translated Books for 8-12 year olds * downloadable list covering middle grade fiction from Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe

A glimpse of the YA book list: fiction and nonfiction in translation

Africa | Picture books and junior fiction

Africa | Fiction and nonfiction for teens and young adults

See the Africa resources page for more maps and reading lists

Book review templates

If any children or teens would like help with writing a book review, there are some tips and templates below. If you’d like us to publish any reviews by younger readers (anonymised to protect identity), please email worldkidlit@gmail.com

Primary / elementary school

Secondary / high school / ages 10+

World Kid Lit Research

This spreadsheet list is also available to view as a blog post here. It covers translations for children and young adults, including picture books, middle grade/junior fiction, young adult fiction, graphic novels and poetry. At the latest update in July 2021, the 2021 list comprised 220 titles, of which 140 were books first published in Europe, 30 were books from the Americas, 30 from Asia, and just 10 books translated from Africa and the Middle East. We hope there are more that we don’t yet know about – please help us to fill in the gaps in our research! See the blog post for more stats.

Resources for Publishers

This is a list of readers who are familiar with children’s and YA publishing in English and in the other languages they read. It is intended to help English-language publishers assess the potential for translation of children’s and teen books written in other languages.