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A Regional Conference of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), hosted in October 2015 in New York City by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), highlighted the importance of children's lit in translation.

Two SCBWI members wrote wrap-up blog posts:

Lyn Miller-Lachmann (SCBWI New York: Metropolitan) -
http://www.lynmillerlachmann.com/international-literature-shines-at-the-usbby-conference/
Excerpt: Claudia Zoe Bedrik, of Enchanted Lion Books, offered "an impassioned defense of children’s books in translation, pointing out that we need each others’ many stories now more than ever and translation gives us those multiple perspectives as well as the beauty of the world’s literature. Publishers and reviewers often don’t recognize or do justice to children’s books in translation, and children lack access to  them."

Holly Thompson (SCBWI Japan) -
http://hatbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/ibby-inspiration.html
Excerpt: "Translation was highlighted...with a panel presentation of translators including Ajia (Chinese), Laura Watkinson (Dutch) and Mara Lethem (Spanish and Catalan). Translator Laura Watkinson made the point, "Translation is writing. I'm not the author. I didn't come up with the plot or characters, but I am the writer." And Mara Letham aptly said of the scarcity of children's books in translation in the U.S., "It's a cultural impoverishment--we're sitting around gazing at our navels. We're exporting culture, but we're not importing it, and we're culturally impoverished because of this." There was also a translation breakout session, which unfortunately I couldn't attend, and Susan Cooper devoted much of her keynote talk to the importance of translation."

More info from the conference is here:
http://www.usbby.org/conf_home.htm




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