Children’s Literature in Translation: A window into the cultural changes of ’68

by | Feb 9, 2021 | IBBY NEWS

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An online public lecture by Dr Sophie Heywood  on February 22nd, 6-7pm (UK time) organised by The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM) and the Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing (CBCP) at the University of Reading (UK)

In this public lecture Dr Sophie Heywood will illustrate how the global upheaval caused by the protest movements of 1968 fuelled an explosion of radical creativity in children’s literature. By tracing the journeys of key books such as Where the Wild Things Are and The Little Red Schoolbook as they travelled across different countries, Dr Heywood will explore the crucial role that translations and cultural exchange played in the ‘children’s ’68’. How did concepts of what was ‘radical’ in children’s books change across time, place and context? And what were the long-term legacies of this watershed moment on children’s culture in Europe?

This online event is free and open to all. Please register here: and more information can be found here:

The Centre has also made Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp’s recent talk Around the World in 18 Books: an introduction to literary translation in children’s and YA publishing available 

Additional resources are on the CBCP website: