Pushkin Press has launched its children's list at last and the JBW can't wait to get its eyes on them. Pushkin Press, for those not familiar with it, specialises in translations. The children's books are no different. The Little Prince, Pippi Longstocking and Grimm's Fairy Tales are amongst the (less than) 3% of books in translation sold to English readers each year. Can you name others? Most of our favourite children's books are English or American but it doesn't seem to be a conscious choice on our parts. The availability is sparse until now. Hand picked by Adam Freudenheim and his elves, we are about to be in for a treat. Books that are referred to as "The French Harry Potter" are simply unknown here. The Dutch classic The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt has never been in print in English.
Whenever I plan a trip abroad, looking on the Pushkin list will be my first stop for family holiday reading.