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: 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.

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Author: Suzhen Fang
2016 Batchelder Award - Honor

Xiao Le's grandmother lives in a faraway village. A visit with Grandma is always a special event, but this time she is frail. With encouragement from his mom, Xiao Le plays with and helps Grandma. When Grandma dies shortly thereafter, Xiao Le comforts his mom reminding her that when it rains, Grandma is washing her clothes in the sky . . . and that although the Perfume Village in heaven cannot be reached by train, it can be accessed by the heart.

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Author: Liniers
2016 Batchelder Award - Honor

Reading books is fun . . . but what about making them? Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta's ready to try. Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure.

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Author: Bibi Dumon Tak
2015 Batchelder Award - Winner

Mikis is thrilled when his grandfather buys a new donkey, but soon begins to worry that he is overworking the animal.

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Author: Loic Dauvillier
2015 Batchelder Award - Honor

A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers.

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Author: Benny Lindelauf
2015 Batchelder Award - Honor

When the Boon family moves into an old, ramshackle house at the very edge of a small town in the Netherlands, Oma Mei, the grandmother of seven motherless children, relates the house's remarkable origin in the 1860s.

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Author: Truus Matti
2014 Batchelder Award - Winner

When Linus Muller takes over making deliveries for his family's Manhattan grocery store in 1943, including bringing a crate of oranges every other week to an artist from Europe, the two become friends as they discuss war, the future, freedom, and imagination.

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Author: Erik Stein Lunde
2014 Batchelder Award - Honor

Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father's arms and asks about birds, foxes, and whether his mother will ever awaken, then under a starry sky, the father provides clear answers and assurances.

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Author: Charlotte Moundic
2014 Batchelder Award - Honor

On his first vacation without his parents, eight-year-old Myron faces a scary grandfather, teasing older cousins, his first dive off the ten-foot board, and his grandmother's encouragement to write his mother daily, telling her of his adventures. Originally published: France : Flammarion, v2011 under the title: Le Slip de Bain ou Les pires vacances de ma vie.

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Author: Aline Sax
2014 Batchelder Award - Honor

Misha and his family do their best to survive in the appalling conditions of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and ultimately make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.

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Author: Anne C. Voorhoeve
2013 Batchelder Award - Winner

Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland.

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Author: Zeina Abirached
2013 Batchelder Award - Honor

Living in the midst of civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, Zeina and her brother face an evening of apprehension when their parents do not return from a visit to the other side of the city.