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Outside In: Children's Books in Translation


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The Outside In: Children's Books in Translation published by Milet Publishing in 2005 explored the rich tradition and culture of children's literature from a host of countries around the world.

Published over fifteen years ago when interest in translated books was increasing, it was a  timely and engaging guide for a broad range of readers including teachers, librarians, students, parents, booksellers, authors, publishers and anyone interested in children's books.

With lively and comprehensive reviews of children's books from around the world that had been translated into English during the early-mid 2000's it also covered the background to children's books in translation, from the classic to the contemporary, and the pleasures and insights they can offer to young readers.

The Guide featured:

  • Foreword by Philip Pullman
  • Over 170 reviews of books available in the UK, including picture books, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and dual-language books, reviewed by a team of independent experts
  • Biographies of the authors, illustrators and translators
  • Informative articles by authors, translators, publishers and educators
  • Comprehensive resource guide
  • Articles written on topics that will help to stimulate the debate surrounding the subject of translation.

The following articles from the guide can be downloaded.

An introduction to the guide by Editors Deborah Hallford and Edgardo Zaghini

Introduction to Outside In


Nicholas Tucker explores why there is a British problem in the translation of children's books - 'Why is There a British Problem?'

Why is There a British Problem?


Sarah Ardizzone writes about 'Translating Monsters', her experience of translating the Golem books

Translating Monsters


Lene Kaaberbol identifies some of the problems of being translated and of being a translator 

Everyday Miracles


Gillian Lathey discusses teaching an MA module on children's literature in translation at Roehampton - 'Discovering Difference'

Discovering Difference


Patricia Billings explores bilingual books - Squiggles and Dots 

Squiggles and Dots


Klaus Flugge of Andersen Press and Neal Hoskins of WingedChariot Press give two different publishing perspectives 

A Publishers Perspective



The Story of WingedChariot


Edgardo Zaghini gives an overview on classic children's books from other countries - 'Barbar has come to England'

Babar has come to England


Afterword by Editor Deborah Hallford 



The Outside In guide is divided into eight sections: five age categories (see below) covering picture books and fiction followed by a small section on graphic novels, non-fiction and dual-language books.

The book is divided into the following age categories:

Under 5
12 and over
14 and over

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