100 Scope Notes
March 24, 2022 by Betsy Bird
What nation isn't picky about translations? What words are the hardest to translate? What's the best personality trait in a translator? Learn a lot with this panel on comics and interpretations across borders.
March 23, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Here's a unique opportunity to gain insights into some parts of the African publishing market. This panel speaks to the vast importance of audio books to primarily oral languages, the irony of colonialism's ubiquitous Bibles, and much more.
December 13, 2021 by Betsy Bird
Today, I celebrate not just the translated picture books that I've done in the past, but also translated board books, nonfiction, poetry, and more. Enjoy!
September 17, 2020 by Betsy Bird
I Wish isn’t going to sit quietly in a category. It’s the kind of book that would rather wander off and make up its own categories, expecting you to follow dutifully behind. And you will, because it is strange and wonderful and ultimately very very memorable. Can many other books out there say half as much?
December 13, 2019 by Betsy Bird
So. Many. Translations!!! Here is a list of those titles I saw this year that I just thought were super. You probably won't see most of them winning the major awards. You probably won't even see most of them on the end of the year "Best of" lists. Even so, they're stellar and they deserve our love.
May 3, 2019 by Betsy Bird
If you wanted more translated children's books here in America, what kinds of concrete proposals would you give to publishers, translators, and non-profits?
December 12, 2018 by Betsy Bird
They come and they go into our bookstores and libraries and out again without a whisper of awards or significant praise. Yet the true mark of whether or not you are opening up your child to the world is to show them books made internationally. Today we celebrate translations. Even the weird ones. I take that back. ESPECIALLY the weird ones!
December 12, 2017 by Betsy Bird
Initially I think I was going to call this list “2017 Imports” but that was a bit on the vague side. And was I really going to include all the Australian, British, Irish, Canadian, etc. books I admired this year? Seems a bit much. No, let’s instead offer an homage to the delightful translations of […]
April 3, 2017 by Betsy Bird
In 2002 I was spending my lunch hour as I usually did: reading through academic children’s literature journals for fun. There was one in particular that dealt with international children’s books that I took a shine to. Called Bookbird, one particular issue presented an article comparing and contrasting different translations of Hans Christian Andersen. I […]
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