Digging Deeper: The Nuts & Bolts of Translating KidLit

Jul 06, 2024

Online event

A 1-hour workshop digging deep into the subject of translating KidLit.

Event Information

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The Nuts & Bolts of Translating KidLit

Join Nanette McGuinness, award-winning translator of the much-loved Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels and many more, as she discusses the nuts & bolts of translating kidlit. The workshop will discuss paths to becoming a children's book translator, pitching translations to publishers, and the art/craft of translating books for young readers. It will appeal to translators and prospective translators as well as authors and author-illustrators who may wonder what goes into translating their works.

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About the Presenter

Award-winning opera singer and podcast host Nanette McGuinness is the translator of over 100 books and graphic novels for children and adults from French, Italian, German and Spanish into English, including the much-loved GERONIMO STILTON GRAPHIC NOVELS, as well as TIKI: A VERY RUFF YEAR (nominated for the 2023 Eisner and Harvey Awards) and ALICE ON THE RUN: ONE CHILD’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE RWANDAN CIVIL WAR (2023 GLLI YA Translated Book Prize Honor Book, 2023 Mosaic Prize winner, 2023 Excellence in Graphic Literature Finalist and 2023 Harvey Award nominee). Accolades have also gone to her translations of MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR: VIKINGS and of MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR: GANDHI (both 2023 Excellence in Graphic Literature Finalists), LUISA: NOW AND THEN (2019 Stonewall Honor Book; 2020 GLLI YA Translated Honor Book; YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2019) and CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CASS ELLIOT BEFORE THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS (2018 Harvey Award; YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2018). See more at athenatranslations.nanette.biz. Photo credit: Michael Halberstadt.

Additional Workshop Details


Saturday, July 6, 2024. 1:00-2:00 pm EDT


Virtual Event. After registering, you will find your registration confirmation under My Events on your Member Home. The Zoom link for the event will be found under the green Meeting Info button.


$15 CDN for Premium Members. $35 CDN for Registered Users.


The workshop will be recorded, and the recording will be available for one month following the event. Attendees will receive a link and a password by email the week following the event.


Upon completion of payment, you will receive a payment confirmation by email. You will also find a registration confirmation on the website that will include event-specific details. Go to your Member Home and click on My Events under the black bar at the top of the page. All events you have registered will be displayed on this page. If there are additional meeting details (i.e. Zoom links for virtual events or materials required for the event), this information will be found under the green Meeting Info button.

Questions about this event? Contact Kelly Zhang, Translator Coordinator, SCBWI Canada East 


SCBWI Canada East

This event is hosted by SCBWI Canada East. Should you have any questions, please contact the event coordinator listed above or a member of the Regional Team using the "Contact Us" button below.