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Favourite translated children's books

The Midnight Palace

If you're interested in exploring children's books in translation, these well-loved favourites and award-winning titles offer the perfect places to start.

  • Toby Alone

    Author: Timothee de Fombelle Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Winner of the 2009 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, this exciting adventure has a serious message about the wisdom of using up the Earth’s resources

  • Asterix the Gaul

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

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

  • The Midnight Palace

    Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Translator: Lucia Graves
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

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

  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and all of their friends.

  • In The Sea There Are Crocodiles

    Author: Fabio Geda Translator: Howard Curtis
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    First published in Italian last year, the story of Enaiatollah Akbari's journey from Afghanistan to Italy has now been translated into English

  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

  • Mrs Pepperpot’s Christmas

    Author: Alf Prøysen Illustrator: Hilda Offen
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Mrs Pepperpot’s shrinking habit can be very inconvenient, especially when she wants to go shopping for Christmas presents

  • Mr Leon's Paris

    Author: Barroux Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
    Publisher: Phoenix Yard Books

    Paris is beautifully rendered in moody beige, blue and orange in this retro-styled tale of French taxi driver Mr Leon and his multifarious taxi journeys around the city.

  • Emil and the Detectives

    Author: Erich Kästner
    Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics

    Ten-year-old Emil is excited to be taking the train to Berlin on his own for the first time - but he doesn't like the look of his fellow passenger, the man in the bowler hat.

  • Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

    Author: Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf Translator: Sue Rose
    Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books

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

  • The Story of Babar

    Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas
    Publisher: Egmont

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

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper
    Publisher: Egmont

    Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy, in this favourite series.

  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods
    Publisher: Egmont

    An air pilot makes a forced landing deep in the Sahara Desert. There, he makes a mysterious Little Prince, who tells him a series of wise and enchanting stories.