September is World Kid Lit Month
1 September 2020
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
On social media - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and live Zoom
events - 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
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
- 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 sharing photos of the translated children's books on
their bookshelves (#shelfie). There's also the #WorldKidLitMonth
challenge: 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.