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: 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.

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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.