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Twit Twoo! Celebrating translated children’s books

Welcome to our weekly video series Twit Twoo! In this episode, we looked at translated children’s books and why we love them! We live in a diverse society, but how much does your child know about other cultures? How much richer could our lives be if we spent more time learning from others? When you only read books from one country and one language, you’re not seeing the full picture.  Author David Almond has pointed…

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Upcoming Tiny Owl book wins a PEN Translates Award!

We’re delighted that our upcoming picture book has won the PEN Translates Award! The award has allowed Tiny Owl to commission a translation from Slovenian by the amazing Olivia Hellewell. Written and illustrated by Dunja Jogen, it was originally published in Slovenia as ‘Felix and his Suitcase’. We can now reveal that the UK title will be…Felix After the Rain! Felix is tired of carrying around his heavy, black suitcase filled with all his worries…

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Celebrating the World Day for Cultural Diversity!

Happy Cultural Diversity Day! The UN Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity. It celebrates mutual respect and understanding between different cultures, and aims to create dialogues between them. Cultural diversity is at the heart of everything Tiny Owl does. Our first books aimed to share the rich culture of Iran with British readers through beautiful, meaningful picture books. This began…

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The importance of translating children’s books to English

by translator Azita Rassi I vividly remember the day that my friend’s cute four-year-old daughter asked me what her favourite Iranian dish, ghormeh sabzi, was called in English. “They don’t have it over there, my dear, so they don’t have an English word for it,” said I, trying to explain to the shocked little girl. “But how do they live then?” she protested. It is not unusual for young children, or even young adults for…

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