Amazon Publishing introduces Amazon Crossing Kids, a new imprint for children’s picture books in translation.

Building on the work of Amazon Crossing, the largest publisher of translated fiction in the U.S., and Amazon Publishing’s Two Lions imprint, a children’s book publisher, Amazon Crossing Kids aims to increase the diversity of children’s picture books in translation to encourage young reading from a range of cultural perspectives.

Amazon Crossing Kids launches with three picture books, Spiky (Italy), written and illustrated by Ilaria Guarducci and translated by Laura Watkinson, A Tiger Like Me (Germany)written by Michael Engler, illustrated by Joëlle Tourlonias and translated by Laura Watkinson, and Along the Tapajós (Brazil, written and illustrated by Fernando Vilela and translated by Daniel Hahn.

Two Lions Editorial Director Kelsey Skea will also serve as editorial director of Amazon Crossing Kids, working in collaboration with Two Lions Editor Marilyn Brigham and Amazon Crossing Editorial Director Gabriella Page-Fort, to acquire a diverse list of storytellers, illustrators, and translators from across the globe.

Both Amazon Crossing and Amazon Crossing Kids accept book proposals from any language for translation into English at

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.