Welcome to Outside In World, the organisation dedicated to promoting and exploring world literature and children's books in translation.

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Welcome to Outside In World, the organisation dedicated to promoting and exploring children's books in translation


We find the most exciting books from all over the world and introduce them to English-speaking audiences, enabling them to broaden their reading experience and explore different cultures through books.

How to use the site

Click on the Education Zone to find out about: 

The OIW Children’s Books in Translation Collection at the University of Portsmouth, our partnership Webinar programme with the University of Reading.

You can find new books reviews added to the website in our Latest Book Reviews, a range of Booklists and Articles as well as information about our past projects and research which includes Reading the Way: Inclusive Books from Around the World; Reading the Way2 and Reading Round the World. Find out how it all started with the publication of the Outside In Guide or visit Information and Resources.

The OIW website is a major, well-respected resource on international children's literature which features an extensive database of over 2,000 translated titles in English. Book Browse allows you to search for books in different ways - by title, author, country or continent, age-range and keyword. Or you can Explore the World using our maps to search countries for books.

In the Professional Zone, you will find information for Publishers, translators and booksellers.

Or you can visit our unique Windows on the World, a gallery of international children’s book illustrations.

Find out About Us


Outside In World – Into the Future

Outside In World are currently visioning and planning for the future of our organisation. We’d really love to hear your views and would be grateful if you could complete this brief


If you would like to be kept in touch with what we do please email us.




‘Our children need to be exposed to a world of voices so that the whole world becomes their home’
                          (David Almond, ‘Moving Through Borders’, Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation, School Librarian, Spring 2003)









The organisation dedicated to promoting and exploring world literature and children’s books in translation

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