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The Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award, established in 1966, 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 language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. ALSC gives the award to encourage American publishers to seek out superior children's books abroad and to promote communication among the peoples of the world.

  2011
Anne-Laure Bondoux. A Time of Miracles
2010
Annika Thor. A Faraway Island
In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to flee the Nazis in Austria, But while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.

2009

Nahoko Uehashi.  Moribito:  Guardian of the Spirit

The wandering warrior Balsa is hired to protect Prince Chagum from both a mysterious monster and the prince's father, the Mikado.

2008

Miyuki Miyabe.  Brave Story

Young Wataru Mitani's life is a mess. His father has abandoned him and his mother has been hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Desperately he searches for some way to change his life; a way to alter his fate. To achieve his goal, he must navigate the magical world of Vision, a land filled with creatures both fierce and friendly.

2007

Claude Mourlevat.  Pull of the Ocean

Loosely based on Charles Perrault's "Tom Thumb," seven brothers in modern-day France flee their poor parents' farm, led by the youngest who, although mute and unusually small, is exceptionally wise.

2006

Josef Holub.  An Innocent Soldier

A sixteen-year-old farmhand is tricked into fighting in the Napoleonic Wars by the farmer for whom he works, who secretly substitutes him for the farmer's own son.

2005

Joelle Stolz.  The Shadows of Ghadames

At the end of the nineteenth century in Libya, eleven-year-old Malika simultaneously enjoys and feels constricted by the narrow world of women, but an injured stranger enters her home and disrupts the traditional order of things.

2004

Uri Orlev.  Run, Boy, Run

Srulik is only eight years old when he finds himself all alone in the Warsaw ghetto. He escapes into the countryside where he spends the ensuing years hiding in the forest, dependent on the sympathies and generosity of the poor farmers in the surrounding area.

2003

Cornelia Funke.  The Thief Lord

Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's " Thief Lord."

2002

Karin Gundisch.  How I Became an American

In 1902, ten-year-old Johann and his family, Germans who had been living in Austria-Hungary, board a ship to immigrate to Youngstown, Ohio, where they make a new life as Americans.

2001

Daniella Carmi.  Samir and Yonatan

Samir , a Palestinian boy, is sent for surgery to an Israeli hospital where he has two otherworldly experiences, making friends with an Israeli boy, Yonatan , and traveling with him to Mars where Samir finds peace about his brother's death in the war.

2000

Anton Quintana.  The Baboon King

Son of a Kikuyu mother and a Masai herdsman father, Morengaru the hunter lives on the edges of tribal society until an actual banishment forces him to make a life for himself among a troop of baboons.

1999

Schoschana Rabinovici.  Thanks to My Mother

After struggling to survive in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, a young Jewish girl and her mother endure much suffering in Kaiserwald, Stutthof, and Tauentzien concentration camps and on an eleven-day death march before being liberated by the Russian army.

1998

Josef Holub.  The Robber and Me

Because he knows that the man accused of robbery is innocent, an eleven-year-old orphan struggles to find the courage to reveal the truth to his uncle in their small German village in 1867.

1997

Kazumi Yumoto.  The Friends

Curious about death, three sixth-grade boys decide to spy on an old man waiting for him to die, but they end up becoming his friends.

1996

Uri Orlev.  The Lady with the Hat

In 1947, seventeen-year-old Yulek, the only member of his immediate family to survive the German concentration camps, joins a group of young Jews preparing to live on a kibbutz in Israel, unaware that his aunt living in London is looking for him.

1995

Bjarne Reuter.  The Boys from St. Petri

In 1942, a group of young men begin a series of increasingly dangerous protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.

 

1994

Pilar Molina.  The Apprentice

Working as an artist's apprentice in Renaissance Florence, thirteen-year-old Arduino makes a discovery which may cost him the chance to become a painter.

 

1993 - No award given.

1992

Uri Orlev.  The Man from the Other Side

Living on the outskirts of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, fourteen-year-old Marek and his grandparents shelter a Jewish man in the days before the Jewish uprising.

 

1991

Rafik Schami.  A Hand Full of Stars

A teenager who wants to be a journalist in a suppressed society describes to his diary his daily life in his hometown of Damascus, Syria.

 

1990

Bjarne Reuter.  Buster's World

 

1989

Peter Hartling.  Crutches

A young boy, searching vainly for his mother in post-war Vienna, is befriended by a man on crutches and together they find hope for the future.

1988

Ulf Nilsson.  If You Didn't Have Me

Spending most of a year with relatives on a farm in southern Sweden while his parents are busy building a new house in town, a young boy finds inner strengths and unexpected sources of entertainment.

 

1987

Rudolf Frank.  No Hero for the Kaiser

Jan, a fourteen-year-old Polish boy whose town is invaded in World War I, joins a German battalion and experiences the horrors of battle.

 

1986

Christophe Gallaz & Robert Innocenti.  Rose Blanche

1985

Uri Orlev.  The Island on Bird Street

During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

 

1984

Astrid Lindgren.  Ronia, the Robber's Daughter

Ronia , who lives with her father and his band of robbers in a castle in the woods, causes trouble when she befriends the son of a rival robber chieftain.

1983

Toshi Maruki.  Hiroshima No Pika

A retelling of a mother's account of what happened to her family during the Flash that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

 

1982

Harry Kullman.  The Battle Horse

 

1981

Els Pelgrom.  The Winter When Time Was Frozen

 

1980

Alki Zei.  The Sound of the Dragon's Feet

The time spent with her "revolutionary" tutor opens 10-year-old Sasha's eyes to more of life in turn-of-the-century Russia than her somewhat sheltered existence had previously allowed her to experience.

 

1979 - Two awards given.

Jorg Steiner.  Rabbit Island

 

1979 - Two awards given.

Christine Nostlinger.  Konrad

  1978 - No award given.
 

1977

Cecil Bodker.  The Leopard

 

1976

Ruth Hurlimann.  The Cat and Mouse Who Shared a House

 

1975

A. Linevskii.  An Old Tale Carved Out of Stone

 

1974

Alki Zei.  Petros' War

1973

S. R. Van Iterson.  Pulga

1972

Hans Peter Richter.  Friedrich

1971

Hans Baumann.  In the Land of Ur, the Discovery of Ancient

Mesopotamia

1970

Aliki Zei.  Wildcat Under Glass

1969

Babbis Friis-Baastad.  Don't Take Teddy

1968

Erich Kastner.  The Little Man