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The Mildred L. Batchelder Honor is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) gives the award to encourage American publishers to seek out superior children's books abroad and to promote communication among the people's of the world.

As of 1979, the award has been given annually to a publisher for a book published in the preceding year. Before 1979, there was a lapse of two years between the original publication date and the award date; to convert to the new system, two awards were announced in 1979: one for 1978 and one for 1979. Beginning in 1994, honor recipients were selected and announced as well. In a year that the committee is of the opinion that no book of that year is worthy of the award, none is given. The award is decided on and announced at the Midwinter Meeting of ALA, and the winning publisher receives a citation and commemorative plaque. The presentation used to be made on April 2, International Children's Book Day, but is now given at the ALA Annual Conference held each summer.


Apelfeld, Aharon. (2015). Adam and Thomas. (Translated from Hebrew by Jeffrey Green ; illustrated by Philippe Dumas). New York : Seven Stories Press.

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.

Fang, Suzhen. (2015). Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village. (Illustrated by Sonja Danowski ; translated from the Chinese by Huang Xiumin). New York, New York : NorthSouth Books.

"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. Fang Suzhen's moving story, with stunning illustrations by Sonja Danowski, is a powerful reminder that love transcends all."

Liniers. (2015). Written and drawn by Henrietta : a TOON book. New York : TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior. 741.5 L756wr

"When Henrietta's mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure."


First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press for: Dauvillier, Loïc. (2014). Hidden : a child's story of the Holocaust. (Illustrated by Marc Lizano, color by Greg Salsedo, translated by Alexis Siegel). New York : First Second. INTR-FIC D2447hi 

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

Enchanted Lion Books for: Lindelauf, Benny. (2014). Nine Open Arms. (Jacket and interior art by Dasha Tolstikova, translated from the Dutch by John Nieuwenhuizen). New York : Enchanted Lion Books. INTR-FIC L7436ni

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.


Enchanted Lion Books for: Lunde, Stein Erik. (2012). My father’s arms are a boat. (Illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson). New York : Enchanted Lion Books. PRIM-FIC L9622my

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.

Enchanted Lion Books for: Moundlic, Charlotte. (2013). The bathing costume, or, The worst vacation of my life. (Illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick). New York : Enchanted Lion Books ; [Minneapolis, MN] : Distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. PRIM-FIC M9284ba

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.

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers for: Sax, Aline. (2013). The war within these walls. (Illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson). Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC S2721wa

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.


Graphic Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group for: Abirached, Zeina. (2012). A game for swallows : To die, to leave, to return. (Translated by Edward Gauvin). Minneapolis : Graphic Universe. INTR-FIC A149ga

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.

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. for: de Graaf, Anne. (2012). Son of a gun. Grand Rapids, MI : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC G726so

Eight-year-old Liberian Lucky, his ten-year-old sister Nopi, and their schoolmates are kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, but even after they escape along with some other children and are reunited with their parents, their lives will never be the same. Includes chapter about Liberia.


Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Chldren's Books, a Division of Random House, Inc. for: Thor, Annika. (2011). The lily pond. (Translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck). New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC T4871Li

Having left Nazi-occupied Vienna a year ago, thirteen-year-old Jewish refugee Stephie Steiner adapts to life in the cultured Swedish city of Gothenburg, where she attends school, falls in love, and worries about her parents who were not allowed to emigrate.


Namelos for: Matti, Truus. (2010). Departure time. (Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier). South Hampton, N.H. : Namelos. INTR-FIC M4441de

A tale of a girl in two stories, one involving a fox and rat, the other involving her constantly-traveling father.

Atheneum Books for Young Readers for: Teller, Janne. (2010). Nothing. (Translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken). New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC T2745no


Enchanted Lion Books for: Brun-Cosme, Nadine. (2009). Big Wolf & Little Wolf. (Illustrated by Olivier Tallec; translated from French by Claudia Bedrick). New York : Enchanted Lion Books. PRIM-FIC B8943bi

Big Wolf has always lived alone at the top of a hill under a tree. One day, a little wolf suddenly arrived and Big Wolf is first a little suspicious and worried-- what if little wolf gets bigger or can climb higher? But that night he notices the little wolf is cold and shares the blanket. The next day he share lunch. The Little Wolf disappears and Big Wolf gets worried.

Farrar Straus Giroux for: Bredsdorff, Bodil. (2009). Eidi. (Translated from the Danish by Kathryn Mahaffy). New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. INTR-FIC B8317ei

Eidi leaves her mother and stepfather in Crow Cove to live in a nearby village, where she meets the much younger Tink and rescues him from the abusive man he has been living with.

Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. for: Uehashi, Nahoko. (2009). Moribito II : Guardian of the Darkness. (Translated by Cathy Hirano ; illustrated by Yuko Shimizu). New York : Arthur A. Levine Books. INTR-FIC U223mor

The wandering female bodyguard Balsa returns to her native country of Kanbal, where she uncovers a conspiracy to frame her mentor and herself.


Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. for: Hole, Stian. (2008). Garmann's summer. (Translation by Don Bartlett). Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC H7298ga 

As the summer ends, six-year-old Garmann’s three ancient aunts visit. The aunts and Garmann’s parents all talk about the things that scare them. At last it is the night before school, and Garmann discovers he is scared.

Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc. for: Michaelis, Antonia. (2008). Tiger moon. (Translated from the German by Anthea Bell). New York : Amulet Books. INTR-FIC M6212ti 

Sold to be the eighth wife of a rich and cruel merchant, Safia, also called Raka, tries to escape her fate by telling stories of Farhad the thief, his companion Nitish the white tiger, and their travels across India to retrieve a famous jewel that will save a kidnapped princess from becoming the bride of a demon king.


Phaidon Press for: Goscinny, René. (2007). Nicholas and the gang. (Illustrated by Jacques Sempé; translated from the French by Anthea Bell). New York : Phaidon Press. INTR-FIC G6762pec

Nicholas is invited to a birthday party by the girl next door, plays a very messy game of chess, and learns that walking on your hands is much harder than turning somersault.

Milkweed Editions for: Richter, Jutta. ( 2007). The cat, or, how I lost eternity. (Translated by Anna Brailovsky; Illustrations by Rotraut Susanne Berner). Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions. INTR-FIC R5357ca 

Eight-year-old Christine is late for school every day because a talking alley cat demands her attention, giving her much to think about as he tries to teach her to be spiteful and pitiless.


Delacorte Press for: Bondoux, Anne-Laure. (2006). The killer's tears. (Translated from the French by Y. Maudet). New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC B7117La 

A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.

Hyperion/Miramax for: De Mari, Silvana. (2006, c2004). The last dragon. (Translated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside). New York : Miramax Books, Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC D3724La

Struggling to survive in a post apocalyptic world after his village is destroyed, Yorsh, the earth's last elf, must embark on a perilous quest to decipher a powerful prophecy and find the last dragon, who holds the key to saving the world from the Dark Age that has begun.


Phaidon Press Limited for: Goscinny, René and Sempé, Jean-Jacques. (2005). Nicholas. (Translated by Anthea Bell). New York : Phaidon Press. INTR-FIC G6762pe

Nicholas and his friends do their best to follow orders (most of the time) and stay neat and clean (if possible, despite searching for boxes in the school basement), but that doesn’t keep them from pestering the substitute teacher, trying to adopt a lost dog, or quarreling over soccer positions when no one has a ball.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books for: Zenatti, Valérie. (2005). When I was a soldier : a memoir. (Translated by Adriana Hunter). New York : Bloomsbury Children’s Books. 921 Z542z

Like all young Israelis, Valérie Zenatti enlisted in the national defense service on her 18th birthday, where for the next two years she endured rigorous training and harsh living conditions, ultimately participating in top-secret missions with the secret service.


Richard Jackson Books/Simon & Schuster's Atheneum division for: Chotjewitz, David. (2004). Daniel , half human : and the good Nazi . (Translated by Doris Orgel). New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC C5515da

In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish. Also details Daniel and Armin’s reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters.

Farrar Straus Giroux for: Bredsdorff, Bodil. (2004).The Crow-girl : the children of Crow Cove . (Translated from the Danish by Faith Ingwersen). New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. INTR-FIC B8317cr

After the death of her grandmother, a young orphaned girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey which leads her to people and experiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her.


Chronicle Books for: Schyffert, Bea Uusma. (2003). The man who went to the far side of the moon : the story of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins. (Translated by Emi Guner). San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books. 921 C7126s

A biography of the astronaut, Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the Apollo 12 space capsule while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and walked on the moon.


David R. Godine for: Johansen, Hanna. (2002). Henrietta and the golden eggs. (Pictures by Käthi Bhend, and translated by John S. Barrett). Jaffrey, N.H. : D.R. Godine. PRIM-FIC J652vo

The persistence of Henrietta, one of 3,333 chickens on a chicken farm, leads to a better life for them all.


Viking Press for: Morgenstern, Susie Hoch. (2001). A book of coupons . (Illustrated by Serge Bloch ; translated by Gill Rosner). New York : Viking. INTR-FIC M8515bo

Elderly Monsieur Noel, the very unconventional new eighth-grade teacher, gives coupon books for such things as dancing in class and sleeping late, which are bound to get him in trouble with the military discipline of Principal Incarnation Perez.


David R. Godine for: Lehmann, Christian. (2000). Ultimate game : a novel. (Translated from the French by William Rodarmor). Boston : D.R. Godine. INTR-FIC L5233no

When three friends play a new video war game, they soon realize that it is taking over their lives.


Front Street for: Holtwijk, Ineke. (1999). Asphalt angels . (Translated from the Dutch by Wanda Boeke). Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, Lemniscaat. INTR-FIC H7588en

Abandoned on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, thirteen-year-old Alex joins a group of children like him and finds himself adapting to his new life.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux for: Buchholz, Quint. (1999). The collector of moments. (Translated from the German by Peter F. Neumeyer). New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux. PRIM-FIC B9194sa

When Max, an artist, departs for a long journey, the boy who is his friend and neighbor visits his apartment and discovers an exhibition of pictures created just for him.

R&S Books for: Björk, Christina. (1999). Vendela in Venice . (Pictures by Inga-Karin Eriksson ; translated by Patricia Crampton). Stockholm ; New York : R&S Books. INTR-FIC B6266ve

On a visit to Venice with her father, Vendela experiences the richness and beauty of the city and its palaces, gondolas, and statues.


Viking for: Morgenstern, Susie Hoch. (1998). Secret letters from 0 to 10. (Translated by Gill Rosner). New York : Viking. INTR-FIC M8515Le

Ten-year-old Ernest lives a boring existence in Paris with his grandmother until a lively girl named Victory enters his class at school.


Scholastic Press for: Wassiljewa, Tatjana. (1997). Hostage to war : a true story . (Translation from German by Anna Trenter). New York : Scholastic Press.

The author relates her experiences from 1941-1953 as she struggles to survive as a Russian teenager caught up in all the horrors of World War II and its aftermath.

Viking Publishing for: Heidenreich, Elke. (1997). Nero Corleone : a cat’s story. (Translated by Doris Orgel ; illustrated by Quint Buchholz). New York : Viking. PRIM-FIC H4656ne

A bold and self-serving tom cat reigns supreme both in the farmyard in Italy where he was born and later in the comfortable home in Germany to which a vacationing couple takes him and his helpless sister.


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Henry Holt & Co. for: Dijk, Lutz van. (1995). Damned strong love : the true story of Willi G. and Stephan K. : a novel . (Translated from the German by Elizabeth D. Crawford). New York : Holt. INTR-FIC D5757ve

Fifteen-year-old Stefan K. tries to care for his family after his father is sent to a German labor camp. Shortly after he realizes he is gay, Stefan fall in love with a Nazi soldier. They learn that love knows no race or gender or boundaries.

Walker and Co. for: Hoestlandt, Jo. (1995). Star of fear, star of hope. (Illustrations by Johanna Kang ; translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti). New York : Walker. PRIM-FIC H6956gr

Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris.


Lothrop, Lee & Shepard for: Dalokay, Vedat. (1994). Sister Shako and Kolo the goat : memories of my childhood in Turkey . (Translated by Güner Ener). New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. 894.35 D148s

An elderly woman reveals her childhood experiences to a young neighbor.


Viking for: Rol, Ruud van der. (1995, c1993). Anne Frank, beyond the diary : a photographic remembrance. ( Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven in association with the Anne Frank House ; translated by Tony Langham and Plym Peters ; with an introduction by Anna Quindlen).  New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Scholastic. 940.53 R744a

Photographs, illustrations, and maps accompany historical essays, diary excerpts, and interviews, providing an insight to Anne Frank and the massive upheaval which tore apart her world.

Farrar for: Heymans, Annemie & Margriet. (1993). The princess in the kitchen garden. (Translated from Dutch by Johanna H. Prins and Johanna W. Prins). New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux. PRIM-FIC H6182pr

As their father becomes more absorbed in his work, Matthew and his sister Hannah come to terms with their mother's death in very unusual ways.



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