Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.  This award is made “to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages.”

2015 Batchelder Award

Mikis and the Donkey,  written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, translated by Laura Watkinson. Mikis’ simple, quiet life on the Greek island of Corfu is upended when his grandfather surprises him by buying a donkey. During the following year, Mikis’ adventures with the donkey show the village what it means to care for one another.  (Read more reviews at Amazon)

2015 Honor Books
Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust, written by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano, color by Greg Salsedo, translated by Alexis Siegel. In this evocative graphic novel, a grandmother recounts her childhood experiences hiding from the Nazis in World War II France.  Surrounded by cruelty, Dounia also benefited from the exceptional kindness and courage of her protectors.  The telling of her story to her grandchild brings healing and hope.  (Read more reviews at Amazon)

Nine Open Arms, written by Benny Lindelauf, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen. In this intricately plotted book, Fing’s loving but fractious family moves into a new house outside of town and gradually discovers a “tragical tragedy” concerning the mysterious man living in the hedge. Combining elements of historical fiction, mystery and magical realism with large doses of humor, this book enthralls.  (Read more reviews at Amazon)

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2014 Batchelder Award
Mister Orange,  written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson
The Bathing Costume or the Worst Vacation of My Life, (Honor book) written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, and translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
My Father’s Arms Are a Boat, (Honor book) written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, and translated by Kari Dickson
The War Within These Walls, (Honor book) written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, and translated by Laura Watkinson

2013 Batchelder Award
My Family for the War, written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel
A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return, (Honor book) written and illustrated by Zeina Abirached, and translated by Edward Gauvin
Son of a Gun, (Honor book) written by Anne de Graaf, and translated by the author

2012 Batchelder Award
Soldier Bear
, written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman, and translated by Laura Watkinson (Read review by Susan)
The Lily Pond, (Honor book) written by Annika Thor, translated by Linda Schenck

2011 Batchelder Award
A Time of Miracles
, written by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet.
Departure Time, (Honor book) written by Truus Matti, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier.
Nothing, (Honor book) written by Janne Teller, translated by Martin Aitken.

2010 Batchelder Award
A Faraway Island,
writtten by Annika Thor, translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck.
Eidi , (Honor book) written by Bodil Bredsdorff, translated from the Danish by Kathryn Mahaffy. Big Wolf and Little Wolf, (Honor book) written by Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, and translated from the French by Claudia Bedrick.
Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness, (Honor book) written by Nahoko Uehashi, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, and translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano.

2009 Batchelder Award
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit,
writtten by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano
Garmann’s Summer, (Honor book) written and illustrated by Stian Hole, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.
Tiger Moon, (Honor book) written by Antonia Michaelis, translated from the German by Anthea Bell.

2008 Batchelder Award
Brave Story
, written by Miyuki Miyabe and translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith. The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity, (Honor book) written by Jutta Richter, with illustrations by Rotraut Susanne Berner, and translated from the German by Anna Brailovsky
Nicholas and the Gang, (Honor book) written by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, and translated from the French by Anthea Bell

2007 Batchelder Award
The Pull of the Ocean written by Jean-Claude Mourlevat and translated from the French by Y. Maudet.
The Killer’s Tears, (Honor book) written by Anne-Laure Bondoux and translated from the French by Y. Maudet.
The Last Dragon, (Honor book) written by Silvana De Mari and translated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside.

2007 Batchelder Award
An Innocent Soldier written by Josef Holub and translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.
Nicholas, (Honor book) written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, translated from the French by Anthea Bell.
When I Was a Soldier, (Honor book) written by Valérie Zenatti and translated from the French by Adriana Hunter.

2006 Batchelder Award
The Shadows of Ghadames, (Honor book) by Joëlle Stolz, translated from the French by Catherine Temerson.
The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove, (Honor book) by Bodil Bredsdorff, translated from the Danish by Faith Ingwersen.
Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi, (Honor book) by David Chotjewitz, translated from the German by Doris Orgel.

Batchelder Awards, 1968-2015  

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