Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers
Yonder is an imprint from Restless Books devoted to bringing the wealth of great stories from around the globe to English-reading children, middle graders, and young adults. Books from other countries, cultures, viewpoints, and storytelling traditions can open up a universe of possibility, and the wider our view, the more powerfully books enrich and expand us. In an increasingly complex, globalized world, stories are potent vehicles of empathy. We believe it is essential to teach our kids to place themselves in the shoes of others beyond their communities, and instill in them a lifelong curiosity about the world and their place in it. Through publishing a diverse array of transporting stories, Yonder nurtures the next generation of savvy global citizens and lifelong readers.
praise for yonder
“Reading—like traveling—opens borders, challenges preconceptions, and can have the effect of jolting both readers and wanderers out of their comfort zones. Travel and reading converge at Restless Books, a publisher of international literature…. The idea for a children’s imprint arose through a desire to further diversify the voices within America’s body of literature. If readers become comfortable with reading books from other cultures at a young age, they may carry that comfort with them as they age into other books, [Publisher Ilan] Stavans thought. He also arrived at the idea for Yonder based on input both from Restless readers and independent bookstores that the house is closely tied to. He believes that booksellers and readers are eager for books for children and teens that reflect more international experiences…. A frequent argument concerning publishing works in translation is that culturally specific content is non-transferrable or untranslatable across borders. While Stavans charges that many American readers are 'allergic to other languages,' he rejects the notion that children are unwilling to open themselves to stories that represent other cultures, voices, and experiences. In America’s publishing world—particularly when it comes to children’s books—he believes that there is 'a needlessly protective approach. It’s time we become less protective,' he said…. Yonder, like Restless Books, seeks to publish books that vary significantly in terms of country of origin, voice, and format. Yet all of the books in both the adult and children’s imprints are kindred spirits—'Restless' ones. To Stavans, a restless book 'is about the world today, is in motion, and crosses borders,' he said.”
by Nurit Zarchi
Illustrations by Rutu Modan
Translated from the Hebrew by Tal Goldfajn
Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers | Ages 5 - 10
The Mermaid in the Bathtub is a charming, gorgeously retro retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story “The Little Mermaid,” by beloved Israeli author and illustrator duo Nurit Zarchi and Rutu Modan.
List Price: $22.99 ISBN: 9781632062116 • Publication: 10/15/2019 • 9” x 11.5” • 36 pages • Children's Fiction / Israeli / Friendship / Fantasy / Accepting Difference • Ages 5 - 10 • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632062123
by Rivka Galchen
Illustrations by Elena Megalos
From the New Yorker “20 Under 40” author of Atmospheric Disturbances comes a brain-twisting adventure story of a girl named Fred on a quest through a world of fantastical creatures, strange logic, and a powerful prejudice against growing up.
List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632060990 • Publication: 9/24/2019 • 5.5" x 8.25" • 256 pages • Middle Grade Fiction / Fantasy / Adventure / Coming of Age • Ages 10 and up • Territory: North America • eBook ISBN: 9781632061003
by Juan Pablo Iglesias
Illustrations by Alex Peris
Translated from the Spanish by Ilan Stavans
Translated into Hebrew by Eliezer Nowodworski and Frieda Press-Danieli
Translated into Arabic by Randa Sayegh
A one-of-a-kind, uplifting picture book about a Jewish boy and a Palestinian boy who bond on the soccer field—translated into English, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Hardcover List Price: $19.99 • ISBN: 9781632061560 • Publication: 8/20/19 • 8.5” x 8.5” • 40 pages • Children's Picture Book: Chilean / Hebrew / Arabic / Diversity / Cultural Acceptance • Ages: 3–6 • Territory: World English, Hebrew, Arabic • eBook ISBN: 9781632061577
By Andri Snær Magnason
Translated from the Icelandic by Björg Arnadóttir and Andrew Cauthery
Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers | Ages 10 and up
An entrancing adventure for today’s troubled planet, The Casket of Time is a fantastical tale of time travel and environmental calamity from celebrated Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason.
Hardcover List Price: $17.99 • ISBN: 9781632062055 • Publication: Apr 9, 2019 • 5.5" x 8.25" • 240 pages • Middle Grade Fiction: adventure / fairy tale • Ages: 10 and up • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632062062
By Silvana Gandolfi
Translated from the Italian by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
From one of Italy’s favorite authors of young adult literature comes a gripping, true-to-life thriller of a Sicilian boy’s fight to survive after his family is torn apart by the Mafia.
Paperback List Price: $15.99 • ISBN: 9781632061652 • Publication: Jun 12, 2018 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 288 pages • Young Adult Fiction—Thriller / Mafia • Ages: 12 - 18 • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632061669
By Richard Marnier
Illustrations by Aude Maurel
Translated from the French by Emma Ramadan
From French author-illustrator duo Richard Marnier and Aude Maurel comes a captivating picture book about creativity, diversity, and self-expression.
Hardcover List Price: $21.99 • ISBN: 9781632061898 • Publication: 11/20/18 • 9” x 9” • 30 pages • Children’s Picture Book—Diversity • Ages: 3–6 • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632061690
By Arshia Sattar
Illustrations by Sonali Zohra
One of the world’s oldest and best-loved tales, now retold and illustrated in thrilling detail for readers of all ages.
Hardcover List Price: $22.99 • ISBN: 9781632061775 • Publication: May 8, 2018 • 7.125" x 7.125" • 192 pages • Young Adult Fiction—Classics / Hindu Epics • Ages: 10 and up • Territory: World English excluding India • eBook ISBN: 9781632061782
By Juan Villoro
Translated from the Spanish by Lawrence Schimel
Illustrations by Eko
Over one million copies sold in the Spanish edition
From one of Mexico’s foremost authors comes a wondrous adventure story of a boy who goes to live with his kooky, book-obsessed uncle in a library where books have supernatural powers.
Hardcover List Price: $17.99 • ISBN: 9781632061478 • Publication: Nov 14, 2017 • 5.5” x 8.25” • 240 pages • Middle Grade Fiction—Books & Libraries • Ages: 10–14 • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632061485
by Piret Raud
Translated from the Estonian by Adam Cullen
Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers | Ages 3 - 6
A touching and profound tale of friendship, differences, and acceptance from renowned Estonian children’s author and illustrator Piret Raud.
List Price: $21.99 ISBN: 9781632061911 • Publication: 6/23/2020 • 6.75" x 9" • 40 pages • Children's Picture Book: Estonian / Friendship / Difference / Animals / Music • Ages 3 - 6 • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632061430
It’s Halloween next week. The neighborhoods are decorated with black cats, ghosts, and after dark everything is slightly more sinister. That spooky effect doesn’t end at suburban yards or city stoops, but it’s found its way inside and is terrorizing bookshelves, too. As proof, we’re sharing some of the spookiest parts from our first Young Adult novel, The Wild Book! And to share our Halloween spirit, we’re offering readers a special chance to win an advance copy of The Wild Book!