The Book Trust is looking for the world’s best children’s books to translate into English. Nominations for In Other Words are open until 26 September and the top ten will be presented with sample translations at the Bologna Book Fair next April. Books should be aimed at 6-12 year olds and by a living author.
My vote goes to The incredible adventures of ten socks (four right and six left) / Niesamowite przygody dziesięciu skarpetek by Justyna Bednarek, which won the Polish Book of the Year and Empik Children’s Book of the year prizes last year. Even if you don’t speak Polish, you can see Daniel de Latour’s illustrations and get a feel for the enthusiasm the story generates in Empik’s video portrait of the book’s greatest fans. The socks are all very different but they all choose freedom and fulfil their dreams.
What book would you choose? There’s still time to get your applications in!