The amazing project World Kid Lit Month have chosen four of our books as some of the best new children’s books in translation! Just like Tiny Owl, they believe that children should be able to read diverse books that reflect reality. Throughout September, they’re celebrating children’s books from around the world with the hashtag #WorldKidlit. Read what they had to say below!
Kids should always have access to a diverse range of writers and stories that reflect the reality of our globalised, multi-ethnic and multicultural world. But especially in September we want to celebrate children’s books in translation and highlight the amazing authors, illustrators, publishers and translators who help bring global stories to readers of English.
Here’s a list of children’s titles published in English translation from January 2017 (books published before then are reviewed in this excellent publication by the UK’s School Library Association).
There’s Room for Everyone – Anahita Teymorian, tr. by Delaram Ghanimifard (Tiny Owl) [Iran]
The first book in publisher Tiny Owl’s Hope in A Scary World series, this story spreads an uplifting message of sharing, acceptance and peace!
Little Eli – Laura Bellini, wordless picture book (Tiny Owl) [Italy]
This unusual and beautiful set of three tall, thin hardbacks in their slipcase chronicle Eli’s simple story of perseverance without any words. Yet it’s Bellini’s stunning pencil drawing, sense of the dreamlike and surreal illustration that will make children and adults gaze at the books time and time again. Though they’re wordless, the style of the books are best suited to older readers that can appreciate the artwork. – BookTrust
The Elephant’s Umbrella – Laleh Jaffari, tr. Azita Rassi (Tiny Owl) [Iran]
When the rain comes, the elephant likes to put up his umbrella and invite his friends underneath. One day the umbrella is swept away by the wind and meets the leopard and the bear, who have very different ideas about how to use the umbrella. Will the umbrella find the elephant again? A simple yet sophisticated tale about how generous we can be to others.
The Lion Tattoo – Atefeh Maleki Joo, tr. Delaram Ghanimifard (Tiny Owl) [Iran]
A hip and trendy young man who loves stylish shirts but REALLY loves lions. So much so that he decides it’s time to get himself some awesome ink. Time for a Lion Tattoo! At first the dude is full of bravado but almost as soon as the needle touches his skin, he realises how ouchy it all is. We love the way this short and simple tale unfolds, with a minimal word count yet a hilarious story – beautifully illustrated with humorous pics throughout. – Read it Daddy
- Watch trailers for There’s Room for Everyone, Little Eli, The Elephant’s Umbrella and The Lion Tattoo
- Read our blog about why translation matters!
- Carnegie and Kate Greenaway chose Tiny Owl to promote diversity
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