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Latest New Titles Reviewed January 2019

Under 5’s Category

5 Cherries is an unusual and quirky story from Italian author/illustrator Vittoria Facchini, translated by Anna Celada, with exuberant and expressive artwork that encapsulates the limitless capacity of a child’s imagination. (Enchanted Lion Books)

Sing to the Moon - No wish is too big for one young Ugandan boy. His first wish is to reach the stars and then ride a supernova straight to Mars. A charming story written in rhyme by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl with exquisite expressive and totally captivating illustrations by French illustrator Sandra van Doorn. (Lantana Publishing)

Who Left the Light On? is a zany story written in rhyme by French author Richard Marnier, translated by Emma Ramadan, deals with being different and going against the grain. Accompanied by charming artwork from French illustrator Aude Maurel. (Restless Books)

6-8 Category

Emmett and Caleb -  Readers will enjoy this enchanting story by French author Karen Hottois, translated by Sarah Ardizzone and beautifully illustrated by Delphine Renon, as they accompany best friends Emmett and Calebhe on their amble through the seasons. (Book Island)

My Little Small by renowned Swedish author Ulf Stark, (1944-2017),  translated by Annie Prime, is a touching philosophical story about a lonely grey Creature who lives deep within a cave in a grey mountain where her whole world is grey, until one morning a little sun spark flies into her cave and everything changes. Charming simplistic and expressive watercolour artwork by Swedish illustrator Linda Bondestam. (Enchanted Lion Books)

Painting Everything in the World - the people from the Rathwa Tribe in Gujarat are planning a huge feast for the Holi festival. But what happens when an important part of the ritual is forgotten? Artist Harsingh Hamir has created an oral narrative with the aid of contemporary design while remaining faithful to the concept of Pithora painting. (Tara Books)

What What What? - Young Pan is bursting with questions. He has an exuberance for life; interested in everything that is going on and asking questions all the time in order to satisfy his curiosity.  A quirky story underpinning a more serious message by Japanese author Arata Tendo, translated by David Boyd with expressive illustrations by Japanese artist Ryoji Arai. (Enchanted Lion Books)

9-11 Category

Detective Nosegoode and the Museum Robbery  is the third book in the series about Detective Ambrosius Nosegoode and his faithful and remarkable talking dog Cody. This title contains three separate mysteries – Detective Nosegoode and the Museum Robbery; A Game of Chess and The Sad End of the Elusive Hand. Polish author Marian Orton’s witty prose, excellently translated by Eliza Marciniak, and atmospheric black and white illustrations by Jerzy Flisak perfectly capture the humour in the narrative.

Malko And Dad - Argentinian artist Gusti presents a candid, profound and thoughtful memoir in a mixed media scrapbook-style full of brightly coloured collage, sketches, scribbles, photos, handwritten notes, poems, song lyrics, interviews and narrative reflections, which charts his relationship with his son Malko who has Down syndrome. An amazing and uplifting book that is an honest and sensitive account of what it means to love unconditionally.


New titles reviewed in December 2018

Under 5’s Category

Hello, Monster! is a funny, heart-warming tale about a narrator with a vivid imagination from French author Clémetine Beauvais accompanied by charming comical illustrations from UK illustrator Maisie Paradise Shearring. (Thames & Hudson)

6-8 Category

8 Ways to draw Deer is an art activity book designed by Jasmine Isabelle Parker with various artists which introduces children to a variety of Indian art traditions (Tara Books) 

Inside the Villains, by French author/illustrator Clotilde Perrin, translated by Daniel Hahn, is an exceptional large format pop-up book that reveals the secrets of three of the most famous fairy tale villains: wolves, giants, and witches (Gecko Press) 

Another large format book Rivers from Peter Goes, author of international bestseller Timeline, translated from Dutch by Bill Nagelkerke, presents a remarkable visual history from river to sea. (Gecko Press) 

Seven Pablos by Spanish poet Jorge Luján, translated by Mara Faye Lethem, follows the lives of seven Pablos living in North and South America. Accompanied by striking crayon graphite illustrations from Italian illustrator Chiara Carrer. (Enchanted Lion Books) 

9-11 Category

The Book of Trees  tracks the history of trees from ancient times to the present day. An amazing encyclopaedic book by Polish graphic designer Piotr Socha that has all the answers to why trees are so important to our world. Light, witty text by Wojciech Grajkowski, translated by Anna Burgess, accompany the stunning detailed illustrations bringing this large-format book to life. (Thames & Hudson)

New York Melody - another stunning, intricate masterpiece from French author and designer Hélène Druvert using laser-cut silhouettes with each page is so delicate in its lace-like quality. As with Paris Up, Up and Away this new title will take your breath away. (Thames & Hudson)

Ms Ice Sandwich  - Despite the fact that Ms Ice Sandwich always appears aloof and isn’t friendly at all, the lonely young narrator is totally in awe of her. Most electric of all are her eyelids that are painted with a thick layer of ice-blue. He nicknames her Ms Ice Sandwich and to him she is beautiful. A coming of age novella from Japanese author Mieko Kawakami, translated by Louise Heal Kawai. The power of the narrator’s voice in this tale draws the reader effortlessly into his world.  


New titles reviewed in October/November 2018


New Picture Book titles reviewed include:

Under 5’s Category

Three charming and witty fable-like picture books from award-winning Faroese artist, author and illustrator Bárđur Oskarsson, translated by Marita Thomsen - Dog, Cat and Mouse, The Tree and Wilbert  (Darf Children’sBooks)

Hey, Who’s in the Loo? is a hilarious picture book by award-winning Dutch author and illustrator Harmen van Straaten with the clear rhyming text adeptly translated into English by Laura Watkinson. (Red Robin Books)

Stories of the Night by world-renowned illustrator Kitty Crowther contains three magical stories that are perfect for reading aloud at bedtime. (Gecko Press)

6-8 Category

Two appealing quirky picture books from Spanish author and illustrator Carles Porta, translated by Daniel Hahn, in the Tales from the Hidden Valley series - The Artists and Hello Mister Cold. (Flying Eye Books)

Little Wise Wolf is an enchanting tale by Dutch author Gijs van der Hammen and illustrator Hanneke Siemensma, translated by Laura Watkinson, about a little wolf who comes to realise that he may not be as wise as he thinks he is. (Book Island)

Non-fiction Amazing Animal Babies is a visual feast from Spanish designer and illustrator Anita Bestard using delicate illustrations overlaid on transparencies that shows the miracle of birth and new life in the animal kingdom. (Thames & Hudson)

Fiction Titles 

The Yark turns on its head the traditional monster stories. He’s a blood-thirsty child-eating monster and a discerning gourmet. This is a funny and somewhat dark tale from French author and scriptwriter Bertrand Santini, translated by Antony Shugaar with black and white Victorian Gothic style illustrations by graphic designer Laurent Gapaillard’s perfectly compliment this suspenseful and darkly humorous story. (Gecko Press)

9-11 Category

The Glass of Lead and Gold is a short novella from master fantasy writer Cornelia Funke.  She returns to the Mirrorworld and Londra – a mirror image of Victorian London – in her new Christmas tale which works perfectly as a stand-alone story. (Pushkin Children’s Books) 

The Raven’s Children - Set in Russia in 1938 during Joseph Stalin’s Great Terror, Shura and his siblings live with their parents in two rooms of a communal apartment in Leningrad. When Shura’s parents mysteriously disappear he overhears one of his neighbour’s whisper that ‘The Black Raven’ came to take them away. Inspired by her own family’s experiences, Russian author Yulia Yakovleva’s novel, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, is adept at presenting disturbing experiences by way of using magical realism to deal with what is a profoundly painful part of twentieth century Russian history. (Puffin Books)


Breaking Down Stereotypes Through Children's Books Outside In World Publishes Reading The Way 2 Project Report  

Leading UK and international artists including former children’s laureate Julia Donaldson, illustrator Jane Ray, translator Daniel Hahn and Syrian author Nadine Kaadan, recently joined forces with book organisation Outside in World (OIW) on Reading the Way 2 (RtW2), an innovative workshop project to explore a selection of inclusive and accessible books from around the world.  OIW now hopes this valuable project will help to enrich the book landscape with improved inclusion of disabled children, and more books in translation being published in the UK. 

Julia Donaldson, former Children’s Laureate and best-selling children’s author, comments:


"I have always been keen for children’s books to be as inclusive and accessible as possible, so I was delighted to be involved in the Reading the Way 2 project, visiting a school with a high number of deaf pupils.  It would be good if children in special schools could have a wider range of books and audio books, and for there to be more books in Braille and videos of BSL stories available.”


Reading the Way 2 Report Press Release 17.01.18


You can read the full report here or click to download the pdf.


Reading the Way 2 Final Report Jan17




Darf Publishers

Darf Publishers tells Outside In World about their exciting plans for a new children’s list

Outside In World Celebrated its tenth Anniversary in 2017

We celebrated our tenth anniversary in 2017 and created a range of book lists from different years, as well as a whole range of other book selections created from our database.  

Book from 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 and 2011 
Themed lists include:
Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation  past winners 1996-2015
Ten Board Books  
Ten Fantasy Series 
Three part article on historical fiction written about the First and Second World Wars
Importance of History: Part I featuring ten authors writing about Germany and Austria
Importance of History: Part 2 featuring ten authors writing about France, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands and Turkey


Exploring Tiny Owl Publishing

Laura Davies tells Outside In World why she is such a fan of Tiny Owl books in her fascinating article and book reviews. 

Reading the Way2'

A new project from Outside In World – Reading the Way2 will use a range of noteworthy children’s books from around the world to give young people a real voice about how to improve the accessibility and inclusion of all children in books.

Supported by Arts Council England and the Unwin Charitable Trust, it will work with UK and international authors and illustrators and translators including: Holly Bourne, Susie Day, Julia Donaldson, Jane Ray, Italian author Rosa Tiziana Bruno, Syrian author/illustrator Nadine Kaadan and award-winning translator Daniel Hahn.  Activity will take place in a selection of mainstream and special schools in the form of workshop-based projects.  Each project will involve the school exploring one or more inclusive and/or accessible books from around the world.  

The project builds on the successful Reading the Way project (run by Outside In World in 2014-15) which identified a range of accessible/inclusive books from around the world and proved that such books could provide vital material and learning to enrich the UK book landscape.  The research provided valuable data and recommendations identifying new and innovative ways of producing books to meet all children’s needs. 

Reading the Way2 will act on some of these recommendations, by working with selected schools to look practically at how such books could be enhanced for UK publication, but also how these books could be used in any school to discuss issues such as inclusion, equality, translation and world cultures. 

Now more than ever, there is a need for activity such as this which aims to broaden horizons and enhance cross-cultural understanding.    It is also hoped that the project will increase awareness of children’s books in translation and the likelihood of more translated books being published in future.

See article in The Bookseller


 A Decade in Children's Literature in Translation (2005 - 2014)

For World Book and Copyright day on 23rd April 2016 Deborah Hallford Co-Founder of Outside In World reflects on what has happened in Children's Literature over the last ten years.

Decade of Children's Literature in Translation, 2016




New Research into 'Inclusive and Accessible' Children's Books from Around the World   

Outside In World aims to help change the future of inclusive and accessible books with the launch of its new research findings. 

Disability is a disturbingly under-represented area in children’s literature and many more inclusive and accessible books are needed.  The results of our ground-breaking 'Reading the Way' project, undertaken in 2014/15 with funding from Arts Council England, Unwin Charitable Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, shows that books from around the world have a wealth of new perspectives on disability and new ways to access stories to offer UK children. As well as highlighting many potential candidates for UK publication, the consultation has generated valuable learning points and good practice to help the UK shape children’s books of the future.  

For more information about our research visit our web pages or email us for a PDF copy of the full report info@OutsideInWorld.org.uk  


See the Guardian Children's Book Website blog and gallery of inclusive books 8th December  



  Reading the Way Press Release Nov 2015



Reading the Way: A Translation Challenge Video extracts of Seminar held at the London Book Fair in April 2015


Click on the PDF below to download the seminar report.  


 OIW RtW LBF Seminar Report 2015


Reading the Way, translating the Way: Finding and translating books for ALL children - Report of Seminar held at the International Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April 2015.

See the message from Austrian writer, Franz-Joseph Huainigg shared a message from him.


Click on the PDF below to download the seminar report.  

OIW RtW BCBF Seminar Report 2015



Visit the 'Reading the Way' pages to find out more about the project.














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