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I don't know how active these boards are, but just wanted to mention that the WorldKidLit blog is preparing for our WorldKidLitMonth promotion in September and are looking for details on any kidzbooks (from board books through YA) that have been translated into English and published (or forthcoming) in 2020.

You can drop us an email with title, author, illustrator (if applicable), translator, publisher,  and pub date to worldkidlit@gmail.com

You can also check out the blog for more details about kidlit from all over the world (which might be of interest to some of y'all as READERS, too): https://worldkidlit.wordpress.com/
#1 - June 15, 2020, 02:01 PM
Recent book:
WILL YOU READ MY BOOK WITH ME? (Epigram) (winner of a 2018 Crystal Kite Award!)
IF YOU WERE A KID BUILDING A PYRAMID (Scholastic)

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These boards are fairly active even if this particular thread can be a bit slow. So thanks so much for sharing this information!
#2 - June 15, 2020, 02:58 PM
ROYALLY ENTITLED (inspirational/historical YA) and OOPS-A-DAISY (humorous MG) out now.  http://www.melodydelgado.com/

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Thank you for posting about World Kid Lit Month, Lawrence!

The list Lawrence mentioned is now UP at the official site:
https://worldkidlit.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/the-2020-list-childrens-and-ya-books-in-translation/

This is a great link to send to people who are looking to globalize their children's literature diet!

Warmly,
Avery
#3 - July 05, 2020, 09:47 PM

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Hi All,

Below is the official press release for #WorldKidLitMonth (September) 2020. In it, you will find hashtags, inspiring quotes, a reviewing challenge, social media accounts to follow, and even suggested tweets!

Please have a look and see if there are ways you might celebrate #WorldKidLit in September. Also, if you have suggestions of ways SCBWI can observe World Kid Lit Month, please hold forth!

Very best,

Avery Udagawa
International, Japan Translator Coordinator
Japanese > English

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Information sheet / Press release from World Kid Lit
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Contact worldkidlit@gmail.com

Twitter @worldkidlit

September is World Kit Lit month

With international travel curtailed by the global pandemic, World Kid Lit Month is the time for young readers to travel the world through books.

First launched in 2016, World Kid Lit Month is a month to celebrate and promote world literature for children and teens, especially fiction and nonfiction translated to English from other languages.

Both on social media and in person — in schools, libraries, bookshops — September brings the perfect opportunity to find out about global reading for young people.

Author and translator Daniel Hahn said: "Only a few percent of the world have English as a first language. Deciding you're interested in reading only books by people who happen to have been born into the same language as you is as arbitrary as deciding you're only going to read books written by people whose surnames start with vowels. Not that there aren't quite a lot of them, but don't you think you might be missing out?"

Alexandra Büchler, director of Literature Across Frontiers, said: “By reading beyond our borders we explore the vast diversity of voices and perspectives that complement and contrast with our own. Global kid lit offers a window onto the world and a reflection of other cultures, but it also expands the opportunities for children to find the texts that speak personally to them.”

There are four strands to the World Kid Lit Month campaign:

●      ARMCHAIR TRAVEL: Pick a destination and fly there with a book

●      BIBLIODIVERSITY: Kids deserve diverse and inclusive books

●      GLOBAL READS FOR A GLOBAL OUTLOOK: What better way to explore our planet than by reading?

●      FOUND IN TRANSLATION: The key to opening up new worlds and new stories

Readers and educators are encouraged to get involved in September by joining the #worldkidlitmonth challenge on social media: read and review one children’s or young adult book translated into English from another language.

More ideas and resources are available on the World Kid Lit blog, making it easier than ever to pick a country and fly there with a book: https://worldkidlit.wordpress.com/get-involved/.


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Hashtags: #WorldKidLit, #WorldKidLitMonth, #ReadtheWorld, #ArmchairTravel, #InTranslation

About Project World Kid Lit
World Kid Lit month (September) is focused on highlighting books for children and young adults from around the world to readers, parents, educators, librarians, translators, critics, publishers, and anyone who cares about good books for the not-yet-adult set.

The World Kid Lit initiative aims to see more diversity in English-language publishing, to give a fairer representation of the multicultural and multilingual world we live in.

Join the discussion:

●      #WorldKidLitMonth on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (also #WorldKidLit all year round)

●      World Kid Lit blog

●      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldkidlit

 
Suggested tweets
This September, join in the #WorldKidLitMonth Challenge! Read and review one international book for young people, translated into English. Your review can be short and sweet: a photo, three words, a star rating!

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I’m joining in the #WorldKidLitMonth challenge! This September, I’ll read and review one book for young readers in translation.

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#WorldKidLitMonth: the month to explore children's and YA books from all over the world.

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#WorldKidLitMonth: Read the world with the children in your life!

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September is the month to explore children's and YA books from all over the world. #WorldKidLitMonth.

 

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#4 - July 22, 2020, 02:55 AM

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This is such a fascinating idea. I'd think SCBWI could have a webinar or two highlighting authors from other countries, perhaps with their translators, and looking at the art of translation. Questions would include things like why some books work in translation where others may not. They could also focus on a single book and study the differences in design among cultures for the translations. There is a diversity push in the organization right now that this taps into. Good luck getting more involvement.
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« Last Edit: July 23, 2020, 09:08 PM by Debbie Vilardi »
Website: http://www.debbievilardi.com/
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Thank you, Debbie! These are great suggestions.
#6 - July 23, 2020, 09:42 AM

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