We’re at the end of World Kid Lit Month. But what a wonderful month it has been: A real celebration of children’s literature from around the world!
I have published a total of 21 posts on the GLLI blog over the course of the month, including this one. It has been a treat to revisit some of my favourite picture books with you – and also to share new material. With titles originally published in Slovenia, Ghana, China, Tonga and Syria, among others, I hope this selection has showcased some of the range and diversity of books available to readers.
We owe a massive thank you to the passionate publishers, translators and editors who bring us these beautiful books – as well as to those librarians, educators, writers, parents and caregivers who support, promote and encourage their endeavours. THANK YOU!
In case you missed a post or two this month, I have listed and linked them all below, including a translator interview posted by Rachel Hildebrandt, four Publisher Spotlight posts compiled by Jackson Myrick, and two review posts written by regular #WorldKidLitWednesday contributors, Avery Fischer Udagawa and Nanette McGuinness.
I hope you enjoy reading them!
Sunday 1: A Celebration of World Kid Lit (introduction)
Monday 2: Walk with Me by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng and translated from the Spanish by Elisa Amado (Groundwood Books, 2017)
Tuesday 3: The Dot by Gulnar Hajo, translated from the Arabic by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (Darf Children’s Books, 2019)
Wednesday 4: Valdemar’s Peas by Maria Jönsson, translated from the Swedish by Julia Marshall (Gecko Press, 2018)
Thursday 5: Slovenian Picture Books (overview)
Friday 6: Publisher Spotlight: Pushkin Press, posted by Jackson Myrick
Saturday 7: World Back-to-School Books (includes titles originally published in Ireland, Brazil, Latvia, Singapore and Italy)
Sunday 8: On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna, translated from the French by Jill Davis (HarperCollins [US], Thames & Hudson [UK], 2017)
Tuesday 10: Sleep Well, Siba and Saba by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl, illustrated by Sandra van Doorn (Lantana Publishing, 2017)
Wednesday 11: #WorldKidLitWednesday: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival by Meng Yanan, translated from the Chinese by Jasmine Alexander (Balestier Press, 2018), posted by Avery Fischer Udagawa
Thursday 12: A Boy and a House by Maja Kastelic (Annick Press, 2018), wordless book originally published in Slovenia;
In Translation: A Powerful Norwegian Picture Book Comes to America, posted by Rachel Hildebrandt
Friday 13: Publisher Spotlight: NorthSouth Books, posted by Jackson Myrick
Saturday 14: Feather by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Roger Mello, translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts (Elsewhere Editions, 2017)
Sunday 15: Five Picture Books That Surprise and Delight (includes titles originally published in India, Italy, China and France)
Monday 16: Don’t Cross the Line! by Isabel Minhós Martins, illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn (Gecko Press, 2016)
Tuesday 17: Tongan Picture Books (overview)
Wednesday 18: Along the River by by Vanina Starkoff, translated from the Portuguese by Jane Springer (Groundwood Books, 2017)
Thursday 19: Felix After the Rain: A Forthcoming Picture Book from Slovenia (interview with Delaram Ghanimifard of Tiny Owl Publishing)
Friday 20: Publisher Spotlight: The Emma Press, posted by Jackson Myrick
Saturday 21: The Golden Cage by Anna Castagnoli, illustrated by Carll Cneut, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson (Book Island, 2019)
Monday 23: The Book of Bees illustrated by Piotr Socha, with text by Wojciech Grajkowski, translated from the Polish by Agnes Monod-Gayraud (Thames and Hudson, 2016)
Tuesday 24: Grandma’s List by Portia Dery, illustrated by Toby Newsome (African Bureau Stories, 2018)
Wednesday 25: #WorldKidLitWednesday: The Night of Wishes or the Satanarcheolidealcohellish Notion Potion by Michael Ende, translated from the German by Heike Schwarzbauer and Rick Takvorian, illustrated by Regina Kehn, posted by Nanette McGuinness
Thursday 26: Why? by Lila Prap, translated from the Slovenian, translator not named (Firefly Books Ltd., 2018)
Friday 27: Publisher Spotlight: Levine Querido, posted by Jackson Myrick
Saturday 28: Wilbert by Bárður Oskarsson, translated from the Faroese by Marita Thomsen (Darf Children’s Books, 2018)
Monday 30: Thank you!
Laura Taylor is the founder of world children’s literature blog Planet Picture Book. She is a small business copywriter, NAATI-certified translator of French into English, member of AUSIT and IBBY Australia. When she is not writing, she is reading and chasing after her two young children. She tweets regularly @plapibo and posts at www.planetpicturebook.com