There’s a great big world out there, and Amazon’s latest imprint is making sure that kids in the States have a chance to be a part of it. Amazon Crossing is already in place as Amazon’s own imprint for translated works, and now Amazon Crossing Kids seeks to bring international titles to young readers in the US.
According to a statement from the company, “Building on the work of Amazon Crossing, the largest publisher of translated fiction in the United States, and Amazon Publishing’s Two Lions imprint, a leading children’s book publisher, Amazon Crossing Kids aims to increase the diversity of children’s picture books in translation and encourage young reading from a range of cultural perspectives.”
The list of currently planned titles in the works includes a range of regional works. Amazon Crossing Kids will start with three picture books: Spiky, written and illustrated by Ilaria Guarducci and translated by Laura Watkinson; A Tiger Like Me, written by Michael Engler, illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias, and translated by Laura Watkinson; and Along the Tapajós, written and illustrated by Fernando Vilela and translated by Daniel Hahn.
“We’re delighted to blend the missions of Amazon Crossing and Two Lions by introducing terrific books from around the globe to readers who are beginning to develop their worldview,” says Mikyla Bruder, Publisher of Amazon Publishing. “Whether a title has a universal theme with regionally-influenced artistry or focuses on an aspect of local culture, our list will encompass a broad range of perspectives, styles, and characters that celebrate what makes us unique as well as what we have in common.”
Amazon Crossing Kids is also currently seeking submissions from around the world.