110. Chinese books published by Reycraft Books, 2019-2020

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Following on from our conversation with Wiley Blevins (no. 109), here is a list of the Chinese books published by Reycraft Books. For convenience and interest, I’ve added the Chinese text for titles, authors and illustrators. I’ve also added images of the covers of the Chinese books, where I can – it’s interesting to see how Reycraft Books kept, adapted or changed the cover art in the English editions. Click on the book-titles to go directly to the relevant pages on the Reycraft Books website, where there are summaries of the stories and details of the authors and illustrators. The titles are given in alphabetical order below. Check out Reycraft Books on Youtube too.

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109. Wiley Blevins (of Reycraft Books) on Chinese picture books


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Earlier this year, while checking new publications of Chinese children’s books in English, we came across over a dozen new titles published by Reycraft Books (Ch: 新銳出版社). They seemed to have appeared out of nowhere in 2019 – we weren’t aware of a big launch or any publicity and when we checked the Reycraft Books website and catalogue and saw the wide range of picture books they were publishing, we were intrigued. Wiley Blevins of Reycraft Books kindly agreed to an interview and to tell us more. Thank you, Wiley!

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108. Chinese children’s books collected by Arvind Gupta

In September – which is also #WorldKidLitMonth – I came across the library of Arvind Gupta “The Toymaker” on archive.org, and was intrigued to find well over 50 Chinese children’s books in his collection.

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107. Chinese children’s books in Swedish – by Anna Gustafsson Chen

Anna Gustafsson Chen is a prolific translator of Chinese books, and yet we haven’t featured her translations of Chinese children’s books before. So, this post is to highlight her translations of children’s books – scroll to the end of the blog. It’s also a homage to Anna, who posts a new Chinese book cover design on her instagram/ Facebook/ Pinterest every week, and writes the Bokberget [Book Mountain] blog about Chinese books in Swedish.

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106. Chinese Children’s Books in the Netherlands – by Annelous Stiggelbout

Annelous Stiggelbout is a literary translator, working from Chinese to Dutch. When we heard she had been translating children’s books too, we were keen to learn more, and to ask about the reception of Chinese children’s books in The Netherlands. Thank you Annelous, for agreeing to this interview!

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105. The Sino-Japanese War as Portrayed in Youth Literature

On 2 September 2020 there were solemn commemorations in China to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Sino-Japanese War (in Chinese: 抗日战争 kang Ri zhanzheng, or the War of Resistance against Japan). Fought over a span of eight long years from 1937 to 1945, the war upended numerous families, drastically altered the political course of China, and caused social and cultural ramifications that can still be felt three quarters of a century later. Minjie’s book The Sino-Japanese War and Youth Literature: Friends and Foes on the Battlefield (Routledge, 2016) is the first major study of how the Sino-Japanese War has been represented in books for young readers. Long overdue and packed with detail, this is a very important book. Minjie and I talked about it by email this week. Continue reading

104. Chinese children’s literature in Italy – interview with Paolo Magagnin

Paolo Magagnin is Professor of Chinese at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He is also a translator and promoter of Chinese children’s literature. We’re delighted that he agreed to be interviewed, to tell us about his work, his experiences as a translator, and the expanding world of Chinese children’s books in Italy! We’re also pleased to post this interview in September, which is #WorldKidLitMonthContinue reading

103. The Top 10 Bestselling Children’s Books in China in July 2020

The long summer holidays are a great time for reading, and, we hope, for reading for pleasure. The following list, the Top 10 bestselling children’s books in China in July 2020, is taken from the bestseller lists published on openbook,com.cn. Some of these books (1, 2, 3, 6, 10) have been on the bestselling lists for years (see my notes for Aug 2014 and Aug 2015), the top 2 are translated from Japanese (1) and English (2), and four of these titles are available in English editions (1, 2, 3 excerpt only, and 6).

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