Read the World: Celebrating Translated Works

Translated works are a wonderful way to share a diversity of stories and experiences across language barriers. Here at Lee & Low Books, we have several translated titles to celebrate, including the recently published When You Get to the Other Side by Mariana Osorio Gumá, translated by Cecilia Weddell.

Join us and The American Literary Translators Association for the 2nd year of #ReadTheWorld, an online bookfair celebrating translators and their publishers! We’re proud to team up with many other publications for the celebration this year through October 7.

When You Get to the Other Side

By Mariana Osorio Gumá, translated by Cecilia Weddell

The morning they left Amatlán in the bed of a pickup truck, in the hours between darkness and daybreak, the world became immense and noisy. Emilia Ventura shut her eyes and inhaled deeply, bringing in the fresh air of her homeland. She wanted to hold onto it. Let it go down into the depths of her soul, wrapped securely in the mist of daybreak.

A spellbinding novel about crossing both natural and supernatural borders—the mystical beauty of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima meets the urgency of Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archives.

Listen to an excerpt from When You Get to the Other Side, read in Spanish by author Mariana Osorio Gumá and English by translator Cecilia Weddell!

More Translated Works to Celebrate!

El verano de las mariposas

By Guadalupe Garcia McCall, translated by David Bowles

Now in Spanish, this award-winning title from Pura Belpré Award-winning author Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s magical retelling of The Odyssey stars fifteen-year-old Odilia, the reluctant leader of her four younger sisters as they set off on a fantastical road trip.

Cómo Aidan llegó a ser un hermano

By Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, translated by Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz

Este dulce y pionero libro ilustrado, ganador del Premio de Libro Stonewall 2020, celebra los cambios en la vida de un niño transgénero: desde su anunció que era trans hasta su preparación para ser un hermano mayor.

This sweet and groundbreaking picture book, winner of the 2020 Stonewall Book Award, celebrates the changes in a transgender boy’s life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother.

Donde las maravillas crecen

By Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana Garcia

De las creadoras del galardonado libro ilustrado All Around Us llega otra historia lírica intergeneracional que explora nuestra conexión con la naturaleza, la familia y las tradiciones.

From the creators of the award-winning picture book All Around Us comes another lyrical intergenerational story exploring our connection to nature, family, and traditions.

Ten Blocks to the Big Wok

By Ying-Hwa Hu

As Mia and her uncle Eddie travel the ten blocks from their apartment to the Big Wok restaurant, Mia spies one giant panda ride, two lion statues, three swimming turtles, four bonsai trees, five tai chi practitioners … There are so many things to see in Chinatown!

This sweet story about a girl, her uncle, and a little cat they meet on the way accomplishes multiple fun and useful aims: It’s a fully bilingual counting book that teaches readers the numbers one through ten in both simplified Mandarin and English. Join Mia and Uncle Eddie as they wander Ten Blocks to the Big Wok!

Alicia and the Hurricane / Alicia y el huracán: A Story of Puerto Rico / Un cuento de Puerto Rico

By Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Elizabeth Erazo Baez, translated by Georgina Lazaro

Bestselling author Lesléa Newman offers a tender and timely story of a Puerto Rican child facing a hurricane and her concern for the beloved coquíes of her home island.

La autora de bestsellers Lesléa Newman ofrece un tierno y oportuno cuento de una niña puertorriqueña que enfrenta un huracán y su preocupación por los amados coquíes de su isla natal.

El cuarto turquesa / The Turquoise Room

By Monica Brown, illustrated by Adriana Garcia, translated by Cinthya Miranda-McIntosh

Bestselling author Monica Brown takes us on a magical journey into the lives of generations of creative women in her family in this gorgeously illustrated bilingual picture book.

Monica Brown, exitosa autora, nos lleva a un viaje mágico en la vida de generaciones de mujeres creativas en su familia en este libro bilingüe bellamente ilustrado.

Still Dreaming / Seguimos soñando

By Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, illustrated by Magdalena Mora, translated by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite

In the first children’s book to describe the long-forgotten chapter of US history known as Mexican Repatriation, a boy and his family leave their beloved home to avoid being separated by the government.

En el primer libro infantil que describe el capítulo olvidado de la historia de los Estados Unidos conocido como la Repatriación Mexicana, un niño y su familia dejan su amado hogar para evitar ser separados por el gobierno.

El frasco de Juna

por Jane Park, ilustrado por Felician

Ganador del premio New Voices de Lee & Low, El frasco de Juna es una conmovedora y caprichosa celebración de la amistad y el poder de la imaginación.

After Juna’s best friend moves away, Juna, an imaginative Korean American girl, goes on magical adventures by way of her special kimchi jar.

Cotorras sobre Puerto Rico

por Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore, ilustrado por Susan L. Roth

Un libro ilustrado de no ficción sobre la historia de Puerto Rico y la cotorra puertorriqueña, que se recuperó del borde de la extinción.

A nonfiction picture book about the history of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican parrot, which was brought back from the brink of extinction.

Mamá Elizabeti

por Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, ilustrado por Christy Hale

En Tanzania, una niña aprende lo que es cuidar a sus hermanitos y descubre lo difícil que es ser mamá.

A girl in Africa learns how to help take care of her younger siblings, including a new baby sister.

One thought on “Read the World: Celebrating Translated Works”

  1. Also die Lieferung kam pünktlich und gut verpackt an! Es war drin was ich wollte! Die motive sind auch sehr süß! Die Qualität ist sehr gut und kann nicht meckern . Jeder zeit wieder !

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