The Best Children's Literature From Around the World

We're big fans of translated literature here, and we're equally big fans of children's literature, so as you might expect, translated children's literature is right up our street. If you like that kind of thing too, read on.

(And if you really like that kind of thing, you might be interested to know that Sarah Ardizzone, translator of two of the books on this list, will be hosting a Masterclass on translating picture books, on Monday 29 February. To learn how it's done, book now!)

The Parent Trap

Erich Kastner, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Walter Trier, designed by Nathan Burton

From the publisher:

The book behind the world-famous film – in a new translation by Anthea Bell


Michael Ende, translated by J.Maxwell Brownjohn

From the publisher:

At the edge of the city, in the ruins of an old amphitheatre, there lives a little homelss girl called Momo. Momo has a special talent which she uses to help all her friends ...

What's Inside?

Isabel Minhos Martins

From the publisher:

Around us are thousands of objects; in drawers, in cupboards, in backpacks and pockets, under beds and sofas. In this book there are dozens of pictures to look at and many ...

The Exploits of Moominpappa

Tove Jansson

From the publisher:

Tells Moominpappa’s life story – from the days when he was abandoned in a newspaper parcel on the doorstep of a Moomin orphanage, to when he ran away to see the world and ...

The Letter for the King

Tonke Dragt, translated by Laura Watkinson

From the publisher:

The classic fantasy novel, acclaimed as a Sunday Times, Times and Metro Book of the Year, now in paperback!


translated by Anthea Bell, designed by Phil Cleaver, contributions by Editions Denoel, by Goscinny, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé

From the publisher:

UK edition. The day-to-day adventures of an amusing, endearing young school boy.