Batchelder Award

Most oustanding book in translation

This award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world. Awarded to an American publisher for outstanding children's books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English.

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Author: Evelina Daciūtė
2019 Batchelder Award - Winner

Learn about family, happiness, and friendship in this hope-filled children's book. Our story starts with a boy named Paul, who lives in a cozy treehouse in a big city with his family. And then something unexpected happens--Paul befriends a wise, friendly fox on a walk home from the bakery. The fox gives Paul a space to think about what makes him happy and what friendship means--all in the pages of a bright and quirky storybook. Join Paul and the fox while helping young readers decide what makes them happy.

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Author: Torben Kuhlmann
2019 Batchelder Award - Honor

In a quest for treasure, Pete, an excited and persistent young mouse, appears in the Professor’s class at the University of Mice. A simple request for assistance turns into a complex and technical adventure with a unexpected conclusion that parallels one of the most important inventions of all time.

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Author: Thomas Scotto
2019 Batchelder Award - Honor

This story follows a little boy named Raphael, whose daily rhythm is steeped in his immense affection for his friend Jerome. The two boys share jokes and snacks and plan future adventures to the Himalayas. Even when Raphael's constant talk of Jerome is driving his parents crazy, he remains steadfast: "Raphael loves Jerome. I can say it. It's easy." And the truth is, when he's with Jerome, Raphael feels happy, liked, and understood-- even special. Thomas Scotto's simple, strong, and insightful prose and Olivier Tallec's delightful, expressive illustrations give much emotion and immediacy to the story.

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Author: Nie Jun
2019 Batchelder Award - Honor

Yu'er and her grandpa live in a small neighborhood in Beijing--and it's full of big personalities. There's a story around every corner, and each day has a hint of magic. In one tale, Yu'er wants to swim in the Special Olympics, a sports competition for people with disabilities. But she and her grandpa don't have a pool Their trick to help Yu'er practice wows the whole neighborhood. In another story, a friend takes Yu'er to a wild place full of musical insects. Later, Yu'er hears a special story about her grandparents. And in the final story, Yu'er and her grandpa show a cranky painter the sweet side of life.

Author: Silvana Gandolfi
2019 Batchelder Award - Honor

Originally published in Italian in 2010 as, “Io Dentro Gli Spari,” “Run For Your Life,” was written by Silvana Gandolfi and translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. “Run For Your Life” is a deeply affecting contemporary novel set in Italy and inspired by real-life mafia events. The stories of Santino in southern Sicily and Lucio in northern Livorno are told in alternating chapters until they connect in a surprising and compelling way.

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Author: Jakob Wegelius
2018 Batchelder Award - Winner

When her best friend, the sailor Henry Koskela, is falsely accused of murder, a gorilla names Sally Jones visits the run-down docks of Lisbon, embarks on a dizzying journey across the seven seas, and calls on the Maharaja of Bhapur's magnificent court--all in an attempt to clear Henry's name.

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Author: Raphaele Frier
2018 Batchelder Award - Honor

Describes how a younf Pakistani activist was violently targeted by the Taliban for her efforts to secure educational rights for girls.

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Author: Christine Naumann-Villemin
2018 Batchelder Award - Honor

When Edmond Bigsnout, a lone wolf, sets out to satisfy his craving for a city rabbit, his efforts are fioled by apartment dwellers who think he is a new neighbor.

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Author: Roger Mello
2018 Batchelder Award - Honor

Author and artist Roger Mello has created a fantastical tale that invites readers to engage their imaginations in following the fate of a chain of characters. Readers’ expectations are upended when the narrative reverses itself and links between the characters become evident.

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Author: Glenn Ringtved
2017 Batchelder Award - Winner

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings learn to realize the value of loss, life, and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

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Author: Jose Sanabria
2017 Batchelder Award - Honor

Once upon a time there was a ship that sailed beside the sun with very important people on board. The spirit of reinvention and the importance we place on things is beautifully expressed in José Sanabria's visually evocative story. A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity, industry and abandonment, to stewardship and inclusion as we see the evolving functions of the ship and the changing faces of the people who cherish it most of all.

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Author: Taro Gomi
2017 Batchelder Award - Honor

A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

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Author: Arne Svingen
2017 Batchelder Award - Honor

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Author: Beatrice Alemagna
2016 Batchelder Award - Winner

Eddie is five and a half, and thinks she is the only one in her family who isn’t really good at something. So when she hears her little sister say “birthday—Mommy—fluffy—little—squishy,” it’s extra important for her to find this amazing present before anyone else does.

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Author: Aharon Apelfeld
2016 Batchelder Award - Honor

Adam and Thomas, two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive World War II, take refuge in the forest where they learn to forage and survive, soon meeting and helping other fugitives fleeing for their lives.