August celebrates Women In Translation as an opportunity to discover voices and perspectives beyond the English speaking book world. When could be a better time to start this exploration than as a picture book reader?
While many of our publishers hail from different parts of the world, here we feature a trio of picture books that were written in other languages and translated to English. These represent just the tip of a lovely iceberg we have translated from other languages and from other publishers as well. Be cool: celebrate the kids’ edition of August as WITMonth:
First up is Gecko Press’s much awarded The Visitor, written and illustrated by German Antje Damm. At 46:43 of this video archive from KidLit TV, you can meet the author and illustrator talking about this picture book with Rocco Staino.
French language writer Catherine Buquet published her first picture book with Pajama Press. Under the Umbrella offers a peek into a pair of lives gladdened and changed when a gust of wind brings them together.
From NubeOcho, Inspector Croc’s Emotion-O-Meter is available in its original Spanish as well as English translation. Author Susanna Isern provides an accessible and entertaining guide for small readers that addresses emotions as facts of life that can be recognized and understood.
Take a trip around the world with picture books that come from other places and other languages!