In Other Words 2017

Latest update 'Rock the Boat to publish Afrikaans title: We’re thrilled that Oneworld imprint Rock the Boat have purchased the rights for 'A Good Day for Climbing a Tree' by Jaco Jacobs. It will be translated into English from Afrikaans. We look forward to seeing it on bookshelves and will let you know as soon as the full book is available to read. '

In Other Words is a new project to promote the translation and UK publication of outstanding children's literature from around the world.


Honour Titles announced for inaugural In Other Words


Four books have been selected as outstanding 'Honour Titles' for this year's In Other Words initiative:

Sputterfly by Simon van der Gees (translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson)

A Good Day for Climbing a Tree by Jaco Jacobs (translated from Afrikaans by Kobus Geldenhuys)

Elise and the Second-hand Dog by Bjarne Reuter (translated from Danish by Sian Mackie)

The Raven's Children by Yulia Yakoleva (translated from Russian by Maria Kozlovskaya Wiltshire)


have all been highlighted as outstanding works of fiction for children aged 6 to 12. The four titles were selected from nearly 400 submissions from around the world, and were chosen for their strong narratives and commercial potential.


All shortlisted titles are available for English language publication and the partially translated texts can be read by clicking on each title below. A marketing bursary of £1500 is available from BookTrust to support the UK publication of each of these titles.


For full information about the titles, including rights contacts and funding opportunities for translation, please download the In Other Words rights guide 2017.




The Shortlist has been announced.


Launched in summer 2016, the project received almost 400 entries from around the world of outstanding fiction for children aged 6 to 12 years. A shortlist of eight titles was selected by the judges and includes stories from internationally acclaimed authors, a gripping story of spies and kidnapping set in Stalin's Russia, and entries from Denmark and South Africa which made the judges laugh out loud.


The short listed titles have been partially translated for UK publishers to review and English language rights are now available to buy. A marketing bursary of £1500 is available from BookTrust to support the UK publication of each of these titles.

Four Honour Titles will be revealed at a special drinks reception at the Bologna Book Fair on 4th April with Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and Carnegie Award winning author Kevin Brooks.


Read the shortlist announcement press release


'This is a time when it was never more important for young people in this country to read stories of other peoples who have other cultures, other histories, other landscapes, other languages; to discover difference, and most importantly what it is that unites us all. Perhaps it is the power literature has to help us empathise that is its greatest gift to us in a world where empathy is so badly needed, and seemingly in such short supply.' BookTrust's President, Michael Morpurgo


  • Sputterfly

    Simon van der Geest

    Translated from Dutch by Laura Watkinson

    Querido Children's Books
  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Jaco Jacobs

    Translated from Afrikaans by Kobus Geldenhuys

    LAPA Publishers
  • Elise and the Second-Hand Dog

    Bjarne Reuter

    Translated from Danish by Sian Mackie

    Gyldendal Group Agency
  • The Raven’s Children

    Yulia Yakovleva

    Translated from Russian by Maria Kozlovskaya Wiltshire

    Samokat Publishing House
  • Her Name's Not Cruella De Vil

    Anna Lavatelli

    Translated from Italian by Denise Muir

    Il Battello a Vapore
  • Jigsaw Puzzle

    Maria Fernanda Maquieira

    Translated from Spanish by Serafina Vick

  • Some Kid Lived Here & Other Stories

    Mi-Kyoung Song

    Translated from Korean by Sophie Bowman

    Sigongsa Co., Ltd.
  • The Amazing Adventures of Groana Schmitt

    Finn-Ole Heinrich

    Translated from German by Katy Derbyshire

    Carl Hanser Verlag


  • Daniel Hahn

    Writer, editor and translator
  • Florentyna Martin

    Children's Book Buyer for Waterstones
  • Nicolette Jones

    Writer, critic and broadcaster
  • Elaine McQuade

    Children’s books consultant
  • Jill Coleman

    BookTrust's Director of Children's Books

About the In Other Words 2017

Funded by Arts Council England, BookTrust will sponsor sample translations from selected children's books, which have not previously been published in the English language, and present them to the UK publishing community at an event at the Bologna Book Fair in April 2017.


A panel of judges comprising of UK-based children's literature and translation experts, selected by BookTrust, will meet in October 2016 to decide which of the submissions should go forward for partial translation.


A second judging meeting will take place in February 2017 at which a maximum of 4 titles will be selected as specially commended Honour Titles. All shortlisted titles will be available for British publishers to purchase from the rights holders at the Bologna Book Fair in April 2017.


Titles that are purchased by British publishers will be supported by a £1,500 grant towards marketing and publicity.



Download the full Submission Guidelines

Submissions open on 1 September and close on 26 September 2016.


Please email if you have any questions.