Reading translated books can open up a whole new world, helping to discover other cultures and learn about many different traditions.
We have put together a list of great children’s books that your little ones will love.
A sensitive book about reaching out to a new friend,
perfect for fostering social-emotional learning.
Told through playful, pastel-colored illustrations, The Box is a gentle story about meeting others where they are. Kindness, patience, and a little creativity can help us find the most wonderful friends.
A heartfelt book featuring a neighborhood soccer team and its determined young star, who has a secret plan even more impressive than his bicycle kicks.
Told with gentle humor and lively illustrations, Madani’s Best Game is a refreshing story about the joys of sports, teamwork, and family.
A school story to encourage friendship and understanding among children of all abilities.
When the other kids mock her at recess, Nanette doesn’t
listen. She’d rather focus on puddles, spider webs, and
whatever she can create with her hands. One day a boy
named Noah—who’d rather fly paper airplanes than listen to the lesson—starts sitting at Nanette’s table. At first, Noah finds Nanette confusing and a little frustrating. But her ideas look like so much fun…
Expressively illustrated in colored pencils, this school story
will foster discussions about navigating differences and
embracing creativity. A Head Full of Birds is a sensitive portrayal of neurodiverse friendships and the joy that comes when we reimagine the world together.
A Story of the Spanish Civil War
A resonant, captivating book about a brother and sister caught in a dark chapter of world history.
From 1936 to 1939, a civil war raged across Spain. When fascist dictator Francisco Franco declared victory, his forces began to persecute anyone who had once opposed him.
With extensive back matter on the period, this middle grade story is a stirring depiction of the Spanish Civil War, its tragic aftermath, and the timeless struggle for freedom from political violence.
This humorous and touching book reminds young readers that distance cannot diminish love. Perfect for children struggling with separation anxiety or a change in family life, this book represents a parent’s promise that they will be back, no matter what! Reassuring rhyme and amusing illustrations create a story to cherish when loved ones have gone away—and also when they’ve come back at last.
An empathetic look at anxiety and overstimulation, It’s So Difficult follows a child throughout the challenging routines of a single day. Even the smallest step forward can be an enormous triumph.
A ladybug needs a safe place to lay her eggs, but where can she find an open spot? Katydids flutter in the leaves, stick insects hide in the branches, and thorn bugs pop out from every available stem. Even those bright pink flowers are orchid mantises ready to strike! Will any of these creatures be the right neighbors for the ladybug’s eggs?
Illustrated with lush, vibrant details, A Perfect Spot is a fascinating introduction to the diverse world of arthropods. Acclaimed creator Isabelle Simler presents a bug’s eye view of camouflage, metamorphosis, and other natural wonders.
One night under the acacia trees, Kibo writes a story about home. His neighbor Naki reads his words, binds them into a book, and brings it to the city. There Camilo devours Kibo’s story, remembering his childhood in the savannah. The next day he shares the book and his memories with his friend Simon. Soon Simon starts writing new songs about distant lands. Where will Kibo’s book go next, and what will it spark for its next reader?
Featuring a charming cast of animal characters, The Book that Kibo
This book is a stirring memorial to those victims and to the cost of extremism. Thirty-four poems—one for each child lost—consider the diverse hopes of these fragile young lives. From Alicia to Jaime, Héctor to Paola, Soledad to Rafael, they were brave and creative, thoughtful and strong. In these pages, some children watch for the changing seasons. Some listen for new sounds on rainy afternoons. And some can’t wait for their next birthday.
Featuring gentle, emotive poems and soft, pastel-toned illustrations, Niños is an unforgettable tribute to the children of Pinochet’s Chile and all those threatened by political violence across the world.
Hédi spends her days playing with her dog Bodri in the park, but her quiet world starts to crumble the day she hears Adolf Hitler on the radio. Germany’s leader hates her and her family, just because they are Jewish. And Hitler doesn’t even know them—it doesn’t make any sense. Soon Nazi Germany invades Hédi’s country, and her life changes forever.
Inspired by the author’s experiences, this book is a thoughtful introduction to the Holocaust for young readers. Strikingly honest prose and illustrations share an unforgettable story about a faithful dog, a family in danger, and the power of hope in unimaginable circumstances.
From the award-winning duo who created I Wish I Had. and The Big Book of Slumber (both Eerdmans) comes another imaginative story that will delight animal lovers of all ages. Learn more >>
Animals of the Bible for Young Children
This colorful book uses simple language to introduce children to the menagerie of animals that populate the pages of the Bible, and shows how even the smallest of creatures bear witness to God’s wisdom and love. Learn more >>
A whimsical and soothing bedtime story. With its sweet, winsome illustrations, this book is perfect for sharing with children as they drift off into their own imaginative dreams. Learn more >>
The Bible for Young Children
The Bible is filled with memorable stories — David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, Jonah and the big fish, the wise men following the star to Jesus. This selection of stories, retold in simple language for young readers, will introduce children to some of the Bible’s most heroic figures and unforgettable events.
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The Big Book of Slumber
This brilliant pairing of author and illustrator brings us a vibrant yet elegant bedtime book that is sure to enchant young readers as they drift sweetly into their own dreams. Learn more >>
The Call of the Swamp
From the creators of The Queen of the Frogs comes an enchanting, nuanced story about adoption and family. Learn more >>
The Fishing Lesson
With comic-like illustrations that emphasize the story’s humor, this funny and thoughtful book will inspire readers to celebrate life’s simple pleasures and enjoy the here and now. Learn more >>
I Wish I Had . . .
Giovanna Zoboli’s fluid and lyrical descriptions, complemented by Simona Mulazzani’s bright and charming illustrations, will leave the reader charmed by its sense of wonder and awe. Learn more >>
Images of God for Young Children
This book’s bright artwork and lyrical text, written by the bestselling author of Psalms for Young Children, explores how, even though we cannot see or touch God, we can still discover him in our world.
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Is It Big or Is It Little?
Bold illustrations and simple text will not only introduce young children to basic descriptions but also allow them to explore the idea of relativity and help them understand the many ways of seeing the world around them. Learn more >>
John Jensen Feels Different
John Jensen feels that he’s different. He feels different when he eats his breakfast, when he brushes his teeth, when he sits in his office at work. Often he lies awake at night wondering what exactly it is that makes him different from everyone else. Maybe it’s his tail? Or his bow tie?
But with the help of Dr. Field, John Jensen discovers that perhaps he isn’t that different after all — and that he’s probably best off exactly the way he is. Learn more >>
Leave a Message in the Sand: Poems about Giraffes, Bongos, and Other Creatures with Hooves
This beautiful picture book introduces readers to wild creatures with even wilder things to say.
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Mexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War
This moving book invites readers onto the Mexique with the “children of Morelia,” many of whom never returned to Spain during Franco’s almost forty-year regime. Poignant and poetically told, Mexique opens important conversations about hope, resilience, and the lives of displaced people in the past and today. Learn more >>
Mikis and the Donkey
Another moving animal tale from the award-winning author of Soldier Bear. Brought to life by drawings from Philip Hopman, Bibi Dumon Tak’s gentle, humorous story is perfect for any readers who may have their own soft spot for animals. Learn more >>
Nasreddine is a legendary character popular in stories told throughout the Middle East, and this clever story will bring him to a new audience. Accompanied by stunning artwork, this tale offers a gentle reminder to readers that it isn’t always necessary to listen to the world’s criticisms. Learn more >>
Psalms for Young Children
The Psalms describe a whole range of emotions, from joy and wonder to sadness and regret. This collection of Psalms, paraphrased for young readers, uses simple yet powerful imagery to help children express their feelings. Learn more >>
Son of a Gun
This sensitive and compelling narrative is based on true stories of former child soldiers interviewed by the author. Son of a Gun also includes a section of notes and further information about Liberia.
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The Very Big Carrot
This beautiful book offers the perfect opportunity for young children to let their own imaginations run wild as they enjoy this adorable book that is perfect for reading aloud. Learn more >>
Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s letters, with illustrations modeled after his famous paintings, this lyrical story provides a thoughtful and fresh look at the life of one of history’s most beloved artists. Learn more >>
The Warli People
A poetic depiction of ancient India. This Trade Winds book highlights the day-to-day life in an agricultural society and offers historical information about one of the world’s earliest civilizations. Learn more >>
What a Masterpiece!
A celebration of creativity across the centuries, What a Masterpiece! will inspire young artists to find wonder in their everyday lives. An art index after the story helps readers identify the cultural treasures behind the illustrations. Learn more >>
This quirky, humorous book offers a fresh celebration of the things that make each person unique. Like Willy, we can also discover that our differences are sometimes our greatest strengths. Learn more >>