In September 2018, I decided to enlist my resident book experts, Dominic and Emma (8 and 4) and embark on our very own World Kid Lit Month Challenge. Our aim was to read and review one book every day throughout September – 30 days, 30 books.
As a family, we really enjoyed exploring these world books. Some of the titles I might have stayed away from, fearing that the subject be too delicate to discuss with my little ones. Having taken the opportunity however to broach some of these topics, I realise I need to give my kids more credit for being able to deal with trickier situations. I was really pleased with how enthusiastic both children (and their friends) were about engaging with our new books and how some of those have now made it onto the favourites list.
Here is our full World Kid Lit Challenge Book List. Please click on the links to see our full review.
Queen of Seagulls by Rūta Briede, translated from Latvian by Elīna Brasliņa (The Emma Press)
Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins)
Inside the Villains by Clothilde Perrin, translated from French by Daniel Hahn (Gecko Press)
The Raven’s Children by Yulia Yakovleva, translated from Russian by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (Puffin)
Toletis by Rafa Ruiz, translated from Spanish by Ben Dawlatly (Neem Tree Press)
Valdemar’s Peas by Maria Jönsson, translated from Swedish by Julia Marshall (Gecko Press
The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner, translated from French by Joe Johnson (Roaring Book Press)
The Noisy Classroom by Ieva Flamingo, illustrated by Vivianna Maria Stanislavska. Translated from Latvian by Zanete Vevere Psqualini, Sara Smith and Richard O’Brien (The Emma Press)
Precious and the Mystery at Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith (Polygon)
Mama’s Nightingale, A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub (Dial Books)
Dazwischen: ich by Julya Rabinowich (Hanser)
The Journey by Francesca Sanna (Flying Eye Books)
Flucht (Flight) by Niki Glattauer and Verena Hochleitner (Tyrolia Verlag)
Tomorrow by Nadine Kaadan, translated from Arabic by the author (Lantana Publishing)
Laura’s Star by Klaus Baumgart, translated from German by Judy Waite (Little Tiger Press)
Atlas of Football by Clive Gifford and Tracy Worrall (Egmont)
Alle vier Jahreszeiten (My Four Seasons) by Katrin Wielhe (Beltz & Gelberg)
Shola and the Lions by Bernardo Atxaga, illustrated by Mikel Valverde (Pushkin Children’s
Tom and Sofia start School by Henriette Barkow and Priscilla Lamont, translated into Malayalam by Dr. Lizy James (Mantra Lingua)
When I Coloured in the World by Ahmadreza Ahmadi, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, translated from Persian by Azita Rassi (Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd).
World of Cities by James Brown (Walker Studio)
Applesauce by Klaas Verplancke, translated from Dutch by Helen Mixter (Groundwood Books
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, translated by Edna Hurup (Oxford University Press)
As Time Passes by Isabel Minhós Martins and Madalena Matoso, translated from Portuguese. Translator unknown (Design For Today)
La sonrisa de los peces de piedra by Rosa Huertas (Anaya)
Hannah’s Night by Komako Sakai, translated by Cathy Hirano (Gecko Press)
Maximus Musicus visits the Orchestra by Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir and Pórarinn Már Baldursson, translated from Icelandic by Dadi Kolbeinsson (Music Word Media)
The Field by Baptiste Paul with pictures by Jacqueline Alcántara (NorthSouth Books)
Banana Skin Chaos by Lilli l’Arronge, translated from German by Daniela Bernardelle (Bloomsbury)
10 Little Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet, translated from French by Amanda Katz (Abrams Books for Young Readers)