Amazon has just announced a new way to help families learn about other countries and cultures with Amazon Crossing Kids, an imprint that will publish translated books from around the world.

Similar to Amazon Crossing, which is the largest publisher of translated fiction in the United States, Amazon Crossing Kids is aimed at building diversity among children’s pictures books and encouraging kids to learn about new cultural perspectives.

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“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.”

The first three titles to be published through the new imprint are Spiky (Jul. 2019), an Italian book about a forest creature with spikes who bullies others until he loses his spikes and must learn to be friendly; A Tiger Like Me (Aug. 2019), a German story about a boy who likes to pretend to be a tiger; and Along the Tapajós (Oct. 2019), a Brazilian title about two kids and their pet tortoise.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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