Favourite translated children's books

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

    Interest level: 6-10

    Reading age: 7+

    In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans.

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  • Movies Showing Nowhere

    Author: Yorick Goldewijk Illustrator: Yvonne Lacet Translator: Laura Watkinson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Movies Showing Nowhere

    Author: Yorick Goldewijk Illustrator: Yvonne Lacet Translator: Laura Watkinson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When Cate visits Mrs Kano's cinema, she is transported into a world beyond her wildest dreams. This wonderfully imaginative time-t…

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  • The Pinchers and the Diamond Heist

    Author: Anders Sparring Illustrator: Per Gustavsson Translator: Julia Marshall

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Pinchers and the Diamond Heist

    Author: Anders Sparring Illustrator: Per Gustavsson Translator: Julia Marshall

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    The Pinchers are a family of thieves who are very excited to visit a local diamond exhibition. This hilarious crime caper is full …

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  • The Beast Player

    Author: Nahoko Uehashi Translator: Cathy Hirano

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Beast Player

    Author: Nahoko Uehashi Translator: Cathy Hirano

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 12+

    Elin's mother has a very special job - caring for the magical Toda which protect their kingdom. But when something goes wrong, Eli…

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  • Gotcha!

    Author: Clotilde Perrin Translator: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Gotcha!

    Author: Clotilde Perrin Translator: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Look out! Three fearsome monsters are coming to gobble you up! Hide inside the houses of the three little pigs, Hansel and Gretel …

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  • The King of Birds

    Author: Alexander Utkin Translator: Lada Morozova

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The King of Birds

    Author: Alexander Utkin Translator: Lada Morozova

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 8+

    Gamayun, the magical human-faced bird of Slavic mythology, narrates this vibrant and luxurious graphic novel for younger readers. …

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  • Inside the Suitcase

    Author: Clothilde Perrin Translator: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Inside the Suitcase

    Author: Clothilde Perrin Translator: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Flap books are nothing new, but Perrin’s use of multiple flaps-inside-flaps makes this book a real immersive adventure. A per…

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  • Nits!

    Author: Stephanie Blake Translator: Linda Burgess

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Nits!

    Author: Stephanie Blake Translator: Linda Burgess

    Interest level: 3-5

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    A funny, light-hearted picture book about a common childhood issue that will prompt plenty of chuckles and delight young fans…

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  • Rhubarb Lemonade

    Author: Oskar Kroon Translator: A. A. Prime

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Rhubarb Lemonade

    Author: Oskar Kroon Translator: A. A. Prime

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    Vinga is happy to spend the summer on a tranquil Swedish island with her beloved Grandpa, leaving her troubles behind in the city.…

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  • Inkheart

    Author: Cornelia Funke

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Inkheart

    Author: Cornelia Funke

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    12-year-old Meggie and her father, Mo, a bookbinder, both love reading, but since the disappearance of Meggie's mother, they no lo…

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  • The Midnight Palace

    Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Translator: Lucia Graves

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The Midnight Palace

    Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Translator: Lucia Graves

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    In Calcutta in 1916, after the deaths of both their parents in bizarre circumstances, two babies are separated at birth.

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  • Talking to Alaska

    Author: Anna Woltz Translator: Laura Watkinson

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Talking to Alaska

    Author: Anna Woltz Translator: Laura Watkinson

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 11+

    It only takes one day at their new school for Parker and Sven to become mortal enemies. Parker’s had a terrible summer and just wa…

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and…

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  • The Visible Sounds

    Author: Yin Jianling Illustrator: Yu Rong Translator: Filip Selucky

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • The Visible Sounds

    Author: Yin Jianling Illustrator: Yu Rong Translator: Filip Selucky

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age:

    A two-year-old girl loses her hearing as a result of illness. At first, little MiLi feels frustrated, tearful and cross. Then…

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  • Leilong’s Too Long!

    Author: Julia Liu & Bei Lynn Translator: Helen Wang

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  • Leilong’s Too Long!

    Author: Julia Liu & Bei Lynn Translator: Helen Wang

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    Leilong is a brontosaurus, but he’s a dinosaur with a difference: this brontosaurus carries children to school. His long neck is a…

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

    Follow Pippi Longstocking on her amazing adventures as she moves into Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase …

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  • Oskar and the Things

    Author: Andrus Kivirähk Illustrator: Anne Pikkov Translator: Adam Cullen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Oskar and the Things

    Author: Andrus Kivirähk Illustrator: Anne Pikkov Translator: Adam Cullen

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When Oskar makes a toy phone from a piece of wood, he is astounded when he discovers he can use it to call objects in and around G…

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  • Bramble Fox

    Author: Kathrin Tordasi Transated by Cathrin Wirtz

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Bramble Fox

    Author: Kathrin Tordasi Transated by Cathrin Wirtz

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    A fantasy thriller to take your breath away. Packed with beautifully imagined details that build a spellbinding world of magic, th…

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  • Elise and the Second-Hand Dog

    Author: Bjarne Reuter Illustrator: Kirsten Raagaard Translator: Sian Mackie from Danish

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Elise and the Second-Hand Dog

    Author: Bjarne Reuter Illustrator: Kirsten Raagaard Translator: Sian Mackie from Danish

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    Elise gets a secondhand mongrel to keep her company – and turns out, the dog's name is McAddudi and he’s from Scotland. …

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  • Starring Carmen!

    Author: Anika Denise Illustrator: Lorenza Alvarez Gomez

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7

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  • Starring Carmen!

    Author: Anika Denise Illustrator: Lorenza Alvarez Gomez

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7

    Carmen is a one-girl theatre company. She sings, acts, dances and makes the costumes! Her little brother Eduardo is desperate to b…

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  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 11+

    Thirteen-year-old Marnus finds himself at the centre of a protest when he and a girl named Leila camp out in a tree to preven…

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  • Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

    Author: Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf Translator: Sue Rose

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

    Author: Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf Translator: Sue Rose

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

    The Oksa Pollock series has legions of fans all over the world, and this first installment leaves us in no doubt why.

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  • The Story of Babar

    Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Story of Babar

    Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    ' In the great forest, a litle elephant was born. His name was Babar...'

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  • The New Football Coach

    Author: Dominique Demers Translator: Sander Berg Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The New Football Coach

    Author: Dominique Demers Translator: Sander Berg Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    The Black Duck Brook Football Club are hoping their new coach Miss Charlotte will help lead them to victory - but she seems to hav…

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    An air pilot makes a forced landing deep in the Sahara Desert. There, he makes a mysterious Little Prince, who tells him a series …

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  • The Raven’s Children

    Author: Yulia Yakovleva Translator: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp from Russian

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • The Raven’s Children

    Author: Yulia Yakovleva Translator: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp from Russian

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

    It’s 1938 and siblings Shura and Tanya are good Soviet citizens and comrades. But there are spies and enemies everywhere. Gri…

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