Favourite translated children's books
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.
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
Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge
In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas
' In the great forest, a litle elephant was born. His name was Babar...'
Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper
Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy, in this favourite series.
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods
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.