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10 Favorite Children’s Book Translated in Latin Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Latin Language

Salvete Omnes,

It is my opinion that everything…and I mean EVERYTHING… is better in Latin. I am a firm believer that languages are easier to learn the younger you are, and this is why I encourage anyone to teach their young relatives a second language early! How awesome would it be to have your child reading Latin at 7! The great thing I love about these books is that there are English texts which you can own or borrow from your local library to compare your translations!

Courtesy of Mememaker.

Courtesy of Mememaker.

Click through to see your favorite children’s books translated into Latin — though many of these have been around for a while, we find them endlessly charming.

Olivia: The Essential (Latin Edition) by Ian Falcone

Olivia and mum - Myer Christmas Windows 2009. Courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Olivia and mum – Myer Christmas Windows 2009. Courtesy of Flickr Commons.

You can read a glimpse of it here!

Ferdinandus Taurus (Latin Edition) by Munro Leaf

You can read a glimpse of it here!

Winnie Ille Pu (Latin Edition) by A. A. Milne

 

Et nisus est
et
nisus est
et
nisus est
et
nisus est
et nitens carmen sic coepit canere:
Cur ursus clamat?
Cur adeo mel amat?
Burr, burr, burr
Quid est causae cur?

He
climbed
and he
climbed
and he
climbed,
and as he
climbed
he
sang
a little
song
to himself.
It went
like this:
Isn’t it funny
How a bear likes honey
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
I wonder why he does?

Casttus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin (Latin Edition) by Dr. Seuss

Read a glimpse of it here!

Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Latin edition) by J. K. Rowling

Courtesy of Halle Stoutzenberger & Flickr Commons.

Courtesy of Halle Stoutzenberger & Flickr Commons.

Read some of the book here.

Arbor Alma/ The Giving Tree (Latin Edition) by Shel Silverstein

Read a glimpse of the book here!

Robinson Secundus: Robinson in Christian Latin (Latin Edition) by Joach. Henr. Campe

Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Read some of the book here!

Insula Thesauraria (Latin Edition) by Robertus Ludovicus Stevenson

Treasure Island Cover & Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Treasure Island Cover & Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Read a glimpse of it here!

Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit by Dr. Seuss

Courtesy of Denise Krebs & Flickr Commons.

Courtesy of Denise Krebs & Flickr Commons.

Read some of it now here!

Virent Ova! Virent Perna!! by Dr. Seuss

Read a portion of it here!

 

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Comments:

  1. Andrew:

    Don’t forget Asterix! The English versions are full of Latin quips but some books also had Latin versions.

    (Asterix is wildly popular in Europe, and the reason most Brits my age have any interest in Latin.)

  2. Isaac R. Acosta:

    Hi, my name is Isaac R. Acosta. I have been searching for original Picture Book stories written Latin and so far I have not found any. I’m currently teaching myself Latin so I can write and illustrate my own picture books in Latin. I would appreciate if you could share any helpful advice it will be very much appreciated. Thank you

  3. Catherine:

    And “Ubi Fera Sunt”

    That’s a personal favorite!

  4. Lee:

    I often like to look at Wikipedia pages in different languages. I once looked at the Latin entry about “The Big Bang Theory”. It identified the stars as Joannis Galecki and Jacobus Parsons. I guess that dead languages continue the traditions of translating people’s names.