Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Batchelder Award
Awarded for Most Outstanding children's book originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English
Presented by Association for Library Service to Children
Country  United States
First awarded 1969
Official website http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/batchelderaward/batchelderabout/index.cfm


The Mildred L. Batchelder Award, also known as the Batchelder Award, is an award granted annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is named in honor of Mildred L. Batchelder, former director of the ALSC.[1] One of her stated goals was "to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages."

The award is unusual in that it is awarded to a publisher, yet specifies a single work. It seeks to recognize translations of children's books into the English language, with the intention of encouraging American publishers to translate high quality foreign language children's books and "promote communication between the people of the world".

The Batchelder Award was established in 1966 and has been given annually since 1979.

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Mildred L. Batchelder

Batchelder began her career working in an Omaha, Nebraska Public Library, then as a children's librarian at St. Cloud State Teachers College, and subsequently as librarian of Haven Elementary School in Evanston, IL. She eventually joined the ranks of the American Library Association in 1936 spending the next 30 years at the ALA promoting the translation of children's literature.[2]

Criteria

  • The award shall be made 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 published in English in the United States during the preceding year.[3]
  • The Award, in the form of a citation, shall be made annually, unless no book of that particular year is deemed worthy of the honor. The translation should be true to original work and retain the viewpoint of the author.[3]
  • The translation should reflect the style of the author and of the original language.[3]
  • The book should not be unduly "Americanized." The book's reader should be able to sense that the book came from another country.[3]
  • Folk literature is not eligible.[3]
  • Picture books are not eligible unless the text is substantial and at least as important as the pictures.[3]
  • The book must have the potential to appeal to a child audience (age 0-14).[3]
  • The overall design of the book should enhance and not detract from the text, thus making the book more or less effective as a children's book. Such aspects might include: illustration, type face, layout, book jacket, etc.[3]
  • Consideration should be given to the retention of the original illustrator's work in the U.S. edition.[3]

Recipients

Year Publisher Title Author Translator Original Language Citation
1968 Alfred A. Knopf The Little Man Erich Kästner James Kirkup German Winner[4]
1969 Charles Scribner's Sons Don't Take Teddy Babbis Friis-Baastad Lise Sømme McKinnon Norwegian Winner[4]
1970 Holt, Rinehart & Winston Wildcat Under Glass Alki Zei Edward Fenton Greek Winner[4]
1971 Pantheon Books In the Land of Ur, the Discovery of Ancient Mesopotamia Hans Baumann Stella Humphries German Winner[4]
1972 Holt, Rinehart & Winston Friedrich Hans Peter Richter Edite Kroll German Winner[4]
1973 William Morrow and Company Pulga S. R. Van Iterson Alexander & Alison Gode Dutch Winner[4]
1974 E. P. Dutton Petros' War Alki Zei Edward Fenton Greek Winner[4]
1975 Crown Publishing Group An Old Tale Carved Out of Stone A. Linevskii Maria Polushkin Russian Winner[4]
1976 Henry Z. Walck The Cat and Mouse Who Shared a House Ruth Hürlimann Anthea Bell German Winner[4]
1977 Atheneum Press The Leopard Cecil Bødker Gunnar Poulsen Danish Winner[4]
1978           none[4]
1979 Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Rabbit Island Jörg Steiner Ann Conrad Lammers German Winner[4]
1979 Franklin Watts, Inc Konrad Christine Nöstlinger Anthea Bell German Winner[4]
1980 E. P. Dutton The Sound of the Dragon's Feet Alki Zei Edward Fenton Greek Winner[4]
1981 William Morrow and Company The Winter When Time Was Frozen Els Pelgrom Maryka & Raphael Rudnik Dutch Winner[4]
1982 Bradbury Press The Battle Horse Harry Kullman George Blecher & Lone Thygesen Blecher Swedish Winner[4]
1983 Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Hiroshima No Pika Toshi Maruki Kurita-Bando Literary Agency Japanese Winner[4]
1984 Viking Press Ronia, the Robber's Daughter Astrid Lindgren Patricia Crampton Swedish Winner[4]
1985 Houghton Mifflin The Island on Bird Street Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew Winner[4]
1986 Creative Education Rose Blanche Christophe Gallaz & Robert Innocenti Martha Coventry & Richard Craglia Italian Winner[4]
1987 Lothrop, Lee & Shepard No Hero for the Kaiser Rudolph Frank Patricia Crampton German Winner[4]
1988 McElderry Books If You Didn't Have Me Ulf Nilsson Lone Thygesen Blecher & George Blecher Swedish Winner[4]
1989 Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Crutches Peter Härtling Elizabeth D. Crawford German Winner[4]
1990 E.P. Dutton Buster's World Bjarne Reuter Anthea Bell Danish Winner[4]
1991 E.P. Dutton A Hand Full of Stars Rafik Schami Rika Lesser German Winner[4]
1992 Houghton Mifflin Company The Man from the Other Side Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew Winner[4]
1993           none[4]
1994 Farrar, Straus and Giroux The Apprentice Pilar Molina Llorente Robin Longshaw Spanish Winner[4]
1994 Farrar The Princess in the Kitchen Garden Annemie & Margriet Heymans Johanna H. Prins and Johanna W. Prins Dutch Honor[4]
1994 Viking Anne Frank Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance Ruud van der Rol & Rian Verhoeven Tony Langham and Plym Peters Dutch Honor[4]
1995 E.P. Dutton The Boys from St. Petri Bjarne Reuter Anthea Bell Danish Winner[4]
1995 Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Sister Shako and Kolo the Goat: Memories of My Childhood in Turkey Vedat Dalokay Güner Ener Turkish Honor[4]
1996 Houghton Mifflin The Lady with the Hat Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew Winner[4]
1996 Henry Holt & Co Damned Strong Love: The True Story of Willi G. And Stephan K. Lutz Van Dijk Elizabeth D. Crawford German Honor[4]
1996 Walker and Co Star of Fear, Star of Hope Jo Hoestlandt Mark Polizzotti French Honor[4]
1997 Farrar, Straus and Giroux The Friends Kazumi Yumoto Cathy Hirano Japanese Winner[4]
1998 Henry Holt The Robber and Me Josef Holub Elizabeth D. Crawford German Winner[4]
1998 Scholastic Press Hostage to War: a True Story Tatjana Wassiljewa Anna Trenter German Honor[4]
1998 Viking Publishing Nero Corleone: a Cat's Story Elke Heidenrich Doris Orgel German Honor[4]
1999 Dial Thanks to My Mother Schoschana Rabinovici James Skofield German Winner[4]
1999 Viking Secret Letters from 0 to 10 Susie Morgenstern Gill Rosner French Honor[4]
2000 Walker and Company The Baboon King Anton Quintana John Nieuwenhuizen Dutch Winner[4]
2000 Farrar, Straus and Giroux Collector of Moments Quint Buchholz Peter F. Neumeyer German Honor[4]
2000 R&S Books Vendela in Venice Christina Björk Patricia Crampton Swedish Honor[4]
2000 Front Street Asphalt Angels Ineke Holtwijk Wanda Boeke Dutch Honor[4]
2001 Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Press Samir and Yonatan Daniella Carmi Yael Lotan Hebrew Winner[4]
2001 David R. Godine Ultimate Game Christian Lehmann William Rodarmor French Honor[4]
2002 Cricket Books/Carus Publishing How I Became an American Karin Gündisch James Skofield German Winner[4]
2002 Viking Press A Book of Coupons Susie Morgenstern Gill Rosner French Honor[4]
2003 The Chicken House/Scholastic Publishing The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke Oliver Latsch German Winner[4]
2003 David R. Godine Henrietta and the Golden Eggs Hanna Johansen John Barrett German Honor[4]
2004 Walter Lorraine Books/ Houghton Mifflin Run, Boy, Run Uri Orlev Hillel Halkin Hebrew Winner[4]
2004 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 Honor[4]
2005 Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books The Shadows of Ghadames Joëlle Stolz Catherine Temerson French Winner[4]
2005 Farrar Straus Giroux The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove Bodil Bredsdorff Faith Ingwersen Danish Honor[4]
2005 Richard Jackson Books/Simon & Schuster's Atheneum division Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi David Chotjewitz Doris Orgel German Honor[4]
2006 Arthur A. Levine Books An Innocent Soldier Josef Holub Michael Hofmann German Winner[4]
2006 Phaidon Press Limited Nicholas René Goscinny Anthea Bell French Honor[4]
2006 Bloomsbury Children’s Books When I Was a Soldier Valérie Zenatti Adriana Hunter French Honor[4]
2007 Delacorte Press The Pull of the Ocean Jean-Claude Mourlevat Y. Maudet French Winner[4]
2007 Delacorte Press The Killer's Tears Anne-Laure Bondoux Y. Maudet French Honor[4]
2007 Hyperion/Miramax The Last Dragon Silvana De Mari Shaun Whiteside Italian Honor[4]
2008 VIZ Media Brave Story Miyuki Miyabe Alexander O. Smith Japanese Winner[4]
2008 Milkweed Editions The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity Jutta Richter Anna Brailovsky German Honor[4]
2008 Phaidon Press Nicholas and the Gang René Goscinny Anthea Bell French Honor[4]
2009 Arthur A. Levine Books Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Nahoko Uehashi Cathy Hirano Japanese Winner[5]
2009 Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Garmann’s Summer Stian Hole Don Bartlett Norwegian Honor[5]
2009 Amulet Books Tiger Moon Antonia Michaelis Anthea Bell German Honor[5]
2010 Delacorte Press A Faraway Island Annika Thor Linda Schenck Swedish Winner[5]
2010 Farrar Straus Giroux Eidi Bodil Bredsdorff Kathryn Mahaffy Danish Honor[5]
2010 Enchanted Lion Books Big Wolf and Little Wolf Nadine Brun-Cosme Claudia Bedrick French Honor[5]
2010 Arthur A. Levine Books Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness Nahoko Uehashi Cathy Hirano Japanese
2011 Delacorte Press A Time of Miracles Anne-Laure Bondoux Y. Maudet French Winner[6]
2011 Namelos Departure Time Truus Matti Nancy Forest-Flier Dutch Honor[6]
2011 Atheneum Books Nothing Janne Teller Martin Aitken Danish Honor[6]

Recipients of multiple awards and honors

  • 4 awards and 3 honors bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Anthea Bell (translator), translating from Danish, French and German the work of various authors
  • 4 awards bestowed to Houghton Mifflin for publishing the work of Uri Orlev (author)
  • 3 awards bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Alki Zei (author) .
  • 2 awards bestowed to E.P. Dutton for publishing the work of Bjarne Reuter (author)
  • 2 awards bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Josef Holub (author)
  • 1 award and 1 honor bestowed upon Arthur A. Levine Books for publishing the work of Nahoko Uehashi (author)
  • 2 honors bestowed to Phaidon Press for publishing the work of René Goscinny (author)
  • 2 honors bestowed to Viking Press for publishing the work of Susie Morgenstern (author)
  • 4 awards bestowed to Houghton Mifflin for publishing the work of Hillel Halkin (translator), translating from Hebrew the work of Uri Orlev.
  • 3 awards bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Edward Fenton (translator), translating from Greek the work of Alki Zei.
  • 2 awards and 1 honor bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Patricia Crampton (translator), translating from German and Swedish the work of various authors.
  • 2 awards and 1 honor bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Elizabeth D. Crawford (translator), translating from German the work of various authors.
  • 2 awards and 1 honor bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Cathy Hirano (translator), translating from Japanese the work of various authors.
  • 2 awards bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of James Skofield (translator), translating from German the work of various authors.
  • 1 award and 1 honor bestowed upon Delacorte Press for publishing the work of Y. Maudet (translator), translating from French the work of various authors.
  • 2 honors bestowed to various publishers for publishing the work of Doris Orgel (translator), translating from German the work of various authors
  • 2 honors bestowed to Viking Press for publishing the work of Gill Rosner (translator), translating from French the work of Susie Morgenstern.
  • 14 awards and 8 honors for works translated from German.
  • 5 awards for works translated from Hebrew.
  • 4 awards and 1 honor for works translated from Japanese.
  • 3 awards and 3 honors for works translated from Dutch.
  • 3 awards and 2 honors for works translated from Danish.
  • 3 awards for works translated from Greek.
  • 4 awards and 2 honors for works translated from Swedish.
  • 2 awards and 9 honors for works translated from French.
  • 1 award and 1 honor for works translated from Italian.
  • 1 award and 1 honor for works translated from Norwegian.

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