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Mildred L. Batchelder Awards: Mildred A. Batchelder Award

Awarded annually by the American Library Association to recognize the publisher of the year's "most outstanding" children's book translated into English and published in the U.S.

The Mildred L. Batchelder Awards

1960s

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Title

Author

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Alfred A. Knopf The Little Man Erich Kästner James Kirkup German

 

 

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Charles Scribner's Sons Don't Take Teddy Babbis Friis-Baastad Lise Sømme McKinnon Norwegian

1970s

 

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Holt, Rinhart & Winston Wildcat Under Glass Alki Zei Edward Fenton Greek

 

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Pantheon Books In the Land of Ur, the Discover of Ancient Mesopotamia Hans Baumann Stella Humphries German

 

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Holt, Rinehart & Winston Friedrich Hans Peter Richter Edite Kroll German

 

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William Morrow  Pulga S. R. Van Iterson Alexander and Alison Gode Dutch

 

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Alfred A. Knopf Petros' War Alki Zei Edward Fenton Greek

 

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Crown Publishing Group An Old Tale Carved Out of Stone A. Linevskii Maria Polushkin Russian

 

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Henry Z. Walck The Cat and Mouse Who Shared a House Ruth Hürlimann Anthea Bell German

 

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Atheneum Press The Leopard Cecil Bødker Gunnar Poulsen Danish

No Award Given

 

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Rabbit Island Jörg Steiner Ann Conrad Lammers German
Franklin Watts / Scholastic Konrad Christine Nöstlinger Anthea Bell German

1980s

 

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Author

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E. P. Dutton The Sound of the Dragon's Feet Alki Zei Edward Fenton Greek

 

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William Morrow The Winter When Time Was Frozen Els Pelgrom Maryka and Raphael Rudnik Dutch

 

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Bradbury Press The Battle Horse Harry Kullman George Blecher and Lone Thygesen Blecher Swedish

 

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Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Hiroshima No Pika Toshi Maruki Kurita-Bando Literary Agency Japanese

 

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Viking Press Ronia the Robber's Daughter Astrid Lindgren Patricia Crampton Swedish

 

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Houghton Mifflin The Island on Bird Street Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew

 

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Creative Education Rose Blanche Christophe Gallaz and Robert Innocenti Martha Coventry and Richard Craglia Italian

 

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Lothrop, Lee & Shepard No Hero for the Kaiser Rudolph Frank Patricia Crampton German

 

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McElderry Books If You Didn't Have Me Ulf Nilsson George Blecher and Lone Thygesen Blecher Swedish

 

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Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Crutches Peter Härtlin Elizabeth D. Crawford German

1990s

 

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E. P. Dutton Buster's World Bjarrne Reuter Anthea Bell Danish

 

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E. P. Dutton A Hand Full of Stars Rafik Schami Rika Lesser German

 

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Houghton Mifflin The Man from the Other Side Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew

No Award Given

 

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux The Apprentice Pilar Molina Llorente Robin Longshaw Spanish

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Title

Author

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux The Princess in the Kitchen Garden Annemie and Margriet Heymans Johanna H. Prins and Johanna W. Prins Dutch
Viking Press Anne Frank Beyond the Diary : a Photographic Remembrance Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven Tony Langham and Plym Peters Dutch

 

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E. P. Dutton The Boys from St. Petri Bjarne Reuter Anthea Bell Danish

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Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Sister Shako and Kolo the Goat : Memories of My Childhood in Turkey Vedat Dalokay Güner Ener Turkish

 

 

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Houghton Mifflin The Lady with the Hat Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Author

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Henry Holt & Co. Damned Strong Love : the True Story of Willi G. and Stephan K. Lutz Van Dijk Eliazabeth D. Crawford German
Walker and Company Star of Fear, Star of Hope Jo Hoestlandt Mark Polizzotti French

 

 

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux The Friends Kazumi Yumoto Cathy Hirano Japanese

No Honor Books

 

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Henry Holt & Co. The Robber and Me Josef Holub Elizabeth D. Crawford German

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Scholastic Press Hostage to War : a True Story Tatjana Wassiljewa Anna Trenter German
VIking Press Nero Corleone : a Cat's Story Elke Heidenreich Doris Orgel German

 

 

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Dial Press Thanks to My Mother Schoschana Rabinovici James Skofield German

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Viking Press Secret Letters from 0 to 10 Susie Morgenstern Gill Rosner French

 

2000s

 

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Title

Author

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Walker and Company The Baboon King Anton Quintana John Nieuwenhuizen Dutch

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Author

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux Collector of Moments Quint Buchholz Peter F. Neumeyer German
Rabén & Sjögren Vendela in Venice Christina Björk Patricia Crampton Swedish
Front Street Asphalt Angels Ineke Holtwijk Wanda Boeke Dutch

 

 

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Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Samir and Yonatan Daniella Carmi Yael Lotan Hebrew

HONOR BOOKS

 

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David R. Godine Ultimate Game Christian Lehmann William Rodarmor French

 

 

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Cricket Books / Carus Publishing How I Became an American Karin Gündisch James Skofield German

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Viking Press A Book of Coupons Susie Morgenstern Gill Rosner French

 

 

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The Chicken House / Scholastic The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke Oliver Latsch German

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David R. Godine Henrietta and the Golden Eggs Hanna Johansen John Barrett German

 

 

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Walter Lorraine Books (Houghton Mifflin) Run, Boy, Run Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Chronicle Books The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon : the Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Bea Uusma Schyffert Emi Guner Swedish

 

 

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Delacorte Press / Dial The Shadows of Ghadames Joëlle Stolz Catherine Temerson French

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux The Crow-Girl : The Children of Crow Cove Bodil Bredsdorff Faith Ingwersen Danish
Atheneum Books (Richard Jackson Bks) Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi David Chotjewitz Doris Orgel German

 

 

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Arthur A. Levine Books An Innocent Soldier Josef Holub Michael Hofmann German

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Phaidon Press Nicholas René Goscinny Anthea Bell French
Blooomsbury Children's Books When I Was a Soldier Valérie Zenatti Adriana Hunter French

 

 

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Delacorte Press / Dell The Pull of the Ocean Jean-Claude Mourlevat Y. Maudet French

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Delacorte Press / Dell The Killer's Tears Anne-Laure Bondoux Y. Maudet French
Hyperion / Miramax The Last Dragon Silvana De Mari Shaun Whiteside Italian

 

 

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VIZ Media Brave Story Miyuki Miyabe Alexander O. Smith Japanese

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Milkweed Editions The Cat : Or, How I Lost Eternity Jutta Richter Anna Brailovsky German
Phaidon Press Nicholas and the Gang René Goscinny Anthea Bell French

 

 

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Arthur A. Levine Books Moribito : Guardian of the Spirit Nahoko Uehashi Cathy Hirano Japanese

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Garmann's Summer Stian Hole Don Bartlett Norwegian
Amulet Books Tiger Moon Antonia Michaelis Anthea Bell German

 

2010s

 

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Delacorte Press / Dell A Faraway Island Annika Thor Linda Schenck Swedish

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Author

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Farrar, Straus and Girous Eidi Bodil Bredsdorff Kathryn Mahaffy Danish
Enchanted Lion Books Big Wolf and Little Wolf Nadine Brun-Cosme Claudia Bedrick French
Arthur A. Levine Books Moribito II : Guardian of the Darkness Nahoko Uehashi Cathy Hirano Japanese

 

 

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Delacorte Press / Dell A Time of Miracles Anne-Laure Bondoux Y. Maudet French

HONOR BOOKS

 

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namelos Departure Time Truus Matti Nancy Forest-Flier Dutch
Atheneum Books Nothing Janne Teller Martin Aitken Danish

 

 

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Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Soldier Bear Bibi Dumon Tak Laura Watkinson Dutch

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Delacorte Press / Dell The Lily Pond Annika Thor Linda Schenck Swedish

 

 

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Dial Books My Family for the War Anne C. Voorhoeve Tammi Reichel German

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Author

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Language

Graphic Universe A Game for Swallows : To Die, To Leave, To Return Zeina Abirached Edward Gauvin French
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Son of a Gun Anne de Graaf Anne de Graaf Dutch

 

 

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Enchanted Lion Books Mister Orange Truus Matti Laura Watkinson Dutch

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Author

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Enchanted Lion Books The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life Charlotte Moundlic Claudia Zoe Bedrick French
Enchanted Lion Books My Father's Arms Are a Boat Stein Erik Lunde Kari Dickson Norwegian
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers The War Within These Walls Aline Sax Laura Watkinson Dutch

 

 

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Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Mikis and the Donkey Bibi Dumon Tak Laura Watkinson Dutch

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Roaring Brook Press (First Second Books) Hidden : a Child's Story of the Holocaust Loïc Dauvillier Alexis Siegel French
Enchanted Lion Books Nine Open Arms Benny Lindelauf John Nieuwenhuizen Dutch

 

 

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Enchanted Lion Books The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy Beatrice Alemagna Claudia Zoe Bedrick French

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Author

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Seven Stories Press Adam and Thomas Aharon Appelfeld Jeffrey M. Green Hebrew
NorthSouth Books Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village Fang Suzhen Huang Xiumin Chinese
TOON Books (Candlewick Press) Written and Drawn by Henrietta Ricardo Liniers Ricardo Liniers Spanish

 

 

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Title

Author

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Language

Enchanted Lion Books Cry, Heart, But Never Break Glenn Ringtved Robert Mouthrop Danish

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Title

Author

Translator

Language

NorthSouth Books As Time Went By José Wegelius Peter Graves Swedish
Margaret K. McElderry Books The Ballad of a Broken Nose Arne Svingen Kari Dickson Norwegian
Chronicle Books Over the Ocean Tarō Gomi Taylor Norman Japanese

 

 

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Title

Author

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Language

Delacorte Press / Dell The Murderer's Ape Jakob Wegelius Peter Graves Swedish

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Title

Author

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Language

Charlesbridge Malala : Activist for Girls' Education Raphaële Frier Julie Cormier French
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers When a Wolf is Hungry Christine Naumann-Villemin Eerdmans Books for Young Readers French
Elsewhere Editions You Can't Be Too Careful Roger Mello Daniel Hahn Portuguese

 

 

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Author

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Thames & Hudson The Fox on the Swing Evelina Daciūtė Translation Bureau Lithuanian

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Title

Author

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Language

Yondar Run for Your Life Silvana Gandolfi Lynne Sharon Schwartz Italian
Graphic Universe My Beijing : Four Stories of Everyday Wonder Nie Jun Edward Gauvin French
Enchanted Lion Books Jerome by Heart Thomas Scotto Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Karin Snelson French

 

2020s

 

Awarded Publisher

Title

Author

Translator

Language

Enchanged Lion Books Brown Håkon Øvreås; illustrated by Øyvind Torseter Kari Dickson Norwegian

HONOR BOOKS

 

Awarded Publisher

Title

Author

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Language

Godwin Books/Henry Holt The Beast Player Nahoko Uehashi ; illlustrated by Yuta Onoda Cathy Hirano Japanese
Atheneum Books for Young Readers The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree Paola Peretti, illustrated by Carolina Rabei Denise Muir Italian
Enchanted Lion Books Do Fish Sleep? Jens Raschke ; illustrated by Jens Rassmus Belinda Cooper German
Plough Publishing House When Spring Comes to the DMZ Uk-Bae Lee Chungyon Won & Aileen Won Korean

 

The Beast Player


The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree


Do Fish Sleep?


When Spring Comes to the DMZ

Awarded Publisher

Title

Author

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Enchanted Lion Books Telephone Tales Gianni Rodari ; illustrated by Valerio Vidali Antony Shugaar Italian

HONOR BOOKS

 

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Title

Author

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HarperAlley / HarperCollins Catherine's War Julia Billet ; illustrated by Claire Fauvel Ivanka Hahnenberger French