14 July 2021 Share
With international travel still curtailed by the global pandemic, World Kid Lit Month is the perfect time for young readers to travel the world through books.
First launched in 2016, #WorldKidLitMonth celebrates and promotes world literature for children and teens, especially fiction, nonfiction and poetry translated to English from other languages. Whether it’s in your school, your local library or bookshop, or on social media, September brings the perfect opportunity to find out about global reading for young people.
“I love reading books from other countries and cultures! It is just like travelling (without having to get on an airplane).”~ Jakob Wegelius, author of The Murderer's Ape
**translated from Swedish into English by Peter Graves
Join in #WorldKidLitMonth
#ReadtheWorld: Pick a destination and fly there with a book! Or perhaps set off on a tour of the globe, reading one book by an author or illustrator from each country you visit?
#DiverseBooks: Find and share inclusive books that reflect the diversity of the world around us
#GlobalCitizens: As we grapple with the issues facing us as a global society, what better way to begin dialogue across nations than by reading beyond our borders?
#TranslateThis!: Help us showcase forgotten gems and new books for translation
New for 2021 – Educator, librarian and bookseller resources
As well as families, this year we are encouraging teachers, librarians and booksellers to celebrate #WorldKidLitMonth using our pre-prepared reading lists and resources.
To find new releases, explore the 2021 list: children’s and teen books in translation, featuring books from over 28 languages. You can search the World Kid Lit website for books by age category, by country of origin, language of origin (over 80 languages so far!), and you’ll find reading lists for regions of the world. It’s easier than ever to pick a destination and fly there with a book!