Mildred L. Batchelder Award
|Mildred L. Batchelder Award|
|Awarded for||"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"|
|Presented by||Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association|
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award, or Batchelder Award, is an American Library Association literary award that annually recognizes the year's "most outstanding" children's book translated into English and published in the U.S.
It is administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the children's division of ALA, and conferred upon the U.S. publisher.
The award is named in honor of Mildred L. Batchelder, former director of the ALSC. One of her stated goals was "to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages."
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is unusual in that it is given to a publisher yet it explicitly references a given work, its translator and author. 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 inaugurated in 1968 and there have been 44 winners in 45 years through 2012.
From 1994 there have been 31 worthy runners up called Honor Books, one to three each year.
The 2012 winner is Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., for Soldier Bear, translated by Laura Watkinson. The Dutch original Soldaat Wojtek (2008) was written by Bibi Dumon Tak, illustrated by Philip Hopman. It was announced January 23, 2012.
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, Illinois. 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.
Source: "Batchelder Award terms and 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.
- 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.
- The translation should reflect the style of the author and of the original language.
- The book should not be unduly "Americanized." The book's reader should be able to sense that the book came from another country.
- Folk literature is not eligible.
- Picture books are not eligible unless the text is substantial and at least as important as the pictures.
- The book must have the potential to appeal to a child audience (age 0-14).
- 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.
- Consideration should be given to the retention of the original illustrator's work in the U.S. edition.
Winners are distinguished from Honor Books by yellow background and by 'W' in the far right column.
|1968||Alfred A. Knopf||The Little Man||Erich Kästner||James Kirkup||German||W|
|1969||Charles Scribner's Sons||Don't Take Teddy||Babbis Friis-Baastad||Lise Sømme McKinnon||Norwegian||W|
|1970||Holt, Rinehart & Winston||Wildcat Under Glass||Alki Zei||Edward Fenton||Greek||W|
|1971||Pantheon Books||In the Land of Ur, the Discovery of Ancient Mesopotamia||Hans Baumann||Stella Humphries||German||W|
|1972||Holt, Rinehart & Winston||Friedrich||Hans Peter Richter||Edite Kroll||German||W|
|1973||William Morrow||Pulga||S. R. Van Iterson||Alexander and Alison Gode||Dutch||W|
|1974||E. P. Dutton||Petros' War||Alki Zei||Edward Fenton||Greek||W|
|1975||Crown Publishing Group||An Old Tale Carved Out of Stone||A. Linevskii||Maria Polushkin||Russian||W|
|1976||Henry Z. Walck||The Cat and Mouse Who Shared a House||Ruth Hürlimann||Anthea Bell||German||W|
|1977||Atheneum Press||The Leopard||Cecil Bødker||Gunnar Poulsen||Danish||W|
|1979||Harcourt Brace Jovanovich||Rabbit Island||Jörg Steiner||Ann Conrad Lammers||German||W|
|1979||Franklin Watts / Scholastic||Konrad||Christine Nöstlinger||Anthea Bell||German||W|
|1980||E. P. Dutton||The Sound of the Dragon's Feet||Alki Zei||Edward Fenton||Greek||W|
|1981||William Morrow||The Winter When Time Was Frozen||Els Pelgrom||Maryka and Raphael Rudnik||Dutch||W|
|1982||Bradbury Press||The Battle Horse||Harry Kullman||George Blecher and Lone Thygesen Blecher||Swedish||W|
|1983||Lothrop, Lee & Shepard||Hiroshima No Pika||Toshi Maruki||Kurita-Bando Literary Agency||Japanese||W|
|1984||Viking Press||Ronia the Robber's Daughter||Astrid Lindgren||Patricia Crampton||Swedish||W|
|1985||Houghton Mifflin||The Island on Bird Street||Uri Orlev||Hillel Halkin||Hebrew||W|
|1986||Creative Education||Rose Blanche||Christophe Gallaz and Robert Innocenti||Martha Coventry and Richard Craglia||Italian||W|
|1987||Lothrop, Lee & Shepard||No Hero for the Kaiser||Rudolph Frank||Patricia Crampton||German||W|
|1988||McElderry Books||If You Didn't Have Me||Ulf Nilsson||George Blecher and Lone Thygesen Blecher||Swedish||W|
|1989||Lothrop, Lee & Shepard||Crutches||Peter Härtling||Elizabeth D. Crawford||German||W|
|1990||E. P. Dutton||Buster's World||Bjarne Reuter||Anthea Bell||Danish||W|
|1991||E. P. Dutton||A Hand Full of Stars||Rafik Schami||Rika Lesser||German||W|
|1992||Houghton Mifflin||The Man from the Other Side||Uri Orlev||Hillel Halkin||Hebrew||W|
|1994||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||The Apprentice||Pilar Molina Llorente||Robin Longshaw||Spanish||W|
|1994||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||The Princess in the Kitchen Garden||Annemie and Margriet Heymans||Johanna H. Prins and Johanna W. Prins||Dutch||hon|
|1994||Viking Press||Anne Frank Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance||Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven||Tony Langham and Plym Peters||Dutch||hon|
|1995||E.P. Dutton||The Boys from St. Petri||Bjarne Reuter||Anthea Bell||Danish||W|
|1995||Lothrop, Lee & Shepard||Sister Shako and Kolo the Goat: Memories of My Childhood in Turkey||Vedat Dalokay||Güner Ener||Turkish||hon|
|1996||Houghton Mifflin||The Lady with the Hat||Uri Orlev||Hillel Halkin||Hebrew||W|
|1996||Henry Holt & Co||Damned Strong Love: The True Story of Willi G. And Stephan K.||Lutz Van Dijk||Elizabeth D. Crawford||German||hon|
|1996||Walker and Company||Star of Fear, Star of Hope||Jo Hoestlandt||Mark Polizzotti||French||hon|
|1997||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||The Friends||Kazumi Yumoto||Cathy Hirano||Japanese||W|
|1998||Henry Holt & Co||The Robber and Me||Josef Holub||Elizabeth D. Crawford||German||W|
|1998||Scholastic Press||Hostage to War: a True Story||Tatjana Wassiljewa||Anna Trenter||German||hon|
|1998||Viking Press||Nero Corleone: a Cat's Story||Elke Heidenrich||Doris Orgel||German||hon|
|1999||Dial Press||Thanks to My Mother||Schoschana Rabinovici||James Skofield||German||W|
|1999||Viking Press||Secret Letters from 0 to 10||Susie Morgenstern||Gill Rosner||French||hon|
|2000||Walker and Company||The Baboon King||Anton Quintana||John Nieuwenhuizen||Dutch||W|
|2000||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||Collector of Moments||Quint Buchholz||Peter F. Neumeyer||German||hon|
|2000||Rabén & Sjögren||Vendela in Venice||Christina Björk||Patricia Crampton||Swedish||hon|
|2000||Front Street||Asphalt Angels||Ineke Holtwijk||Wanda Boeke||Dutch||hon|
|2001||Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic||Samir and Yonatan||Daniella Carmi||Yael Lotan||Hebrew||W|
|2001||David R. Godine||Ultimate Game||Christian Lehmann||William Rodarmor||French||hon|
|2002||Cricket Books / Carus Publishing||How I Became an American||Karin Gündisch||James Skofield||German||W|
|2002||Viking Press||A Book of Coupons||Susie Morgenstern||Gill Rosner||French||hon|
|2003||The Chicken House / Scholastic||The Thief Lord||Cornelia Funke||Oliver Latsch||German||W|
|2003||David R. Godine||Henrietta and the Golden Eggs||Hanna Johansen||John Barrett||German||hon|
|2004||Houghton Mifflin (Walter Lorraine Bks)||Run, Boy, Run||Uri Orlev||Hillel Halkin||Hebrew||W|
|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||hon|
|2005||Delacorte Press / Dell||The Shadows of Ghadames||Joëlle Stolz||Catherine Temerson||French||W|
|2005||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove||Bodil Bredsdorff||Faith Ingwersen||Danish||hon|
|2005||Atheneum Books (Richard Jackson Bks)||Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi||David Chotjewitz||Doris Orgel||German||hon|
|2006||Arthur A. Levine Books||An Innocent Soldier||Josef Holub||Michael Hofmann||German||W|
|2006||Phaidon Press||Nicholas||René Goscinny||Anthea Bell||French||hon|
|2006||Bloomsbury Children’s Books||When I Was a Soldier||Valérie Zenatti||Adriana Hunter||French||hon|
|2007||Delacorte Press / Dell||The Pull of the Ocean||Jean-Claude Mourlevat||Y. Maudet||French||W|
|2007||Delacorte Press / Dell||The Killer's Tears||Anne-Laure Bondoux||Y. Maudet||French||hon|
|2007||Hyperion / Miramax||The Last Dragon||Silvana De Mari||Shaun Whiteside||Italian||hon|
|2008||VIZ Media||Brave Story||Miyuki Miyabe||Alexander O. Smith||Japanese||W|
|2008||Milkweed Editions||The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity||Jutta Richter||Anna Brailovsky||German||hon|
|2008||Phaidon Press||Nicholas and the Gang||René Goscinny||Anthea Bell||French||hon|
|2009||Arthur A. Levine Books||Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit||Nahoko Uehashi||Cathy Hirano||Japanese||W|
|2009||Eerdmans Books for Young Readers||Garmann’s Summer||Stian Hole||Don Bartlett||Norwegian||hon|
|2009||Amulet Books||Tiger Moon||Antonia Michaelis||Anthea Bell||German||hon|
|2010||Delacorte Press / Dell||A Faraway Island||Annika Thor||Linda Schenck||Swedish||W|
|2010||Farrar, Straus and Giroux||Eidi||Bodil Bredsdorff||Kathryn Mahaffy||Danish||hon|
|2010||Enchanted Lion Books||Big Wolf and Little Wolf||Nadine Brun-Cosme||Claudia Bedrick||French||hon|
|2010||Arthur A. Levine Books||Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness||Nahoko Uehashi||Cathy Hirano||Japanese||hon|
|Delacorte Press / Dell||A Time of Miracles||Anne-Laure Bondoux||Y. Maudet||French||W|
|2011||namelos||Departure Time||Truus Matti||Nancy Forest-Flier||Dutch||hon|
|2011||Atheneum Books||Nothing||Janne Teller||Martin Aitken||Danish||hon|
|Eerdmans Books for Young Readers||Soldier Bear||Bibi Dumon Tak||Laura Watkinson||Dutch||W|
|2012||Delacorte Press / Dell||The Lily Pond||Annika Thor||Linda Schenck||Swedish||hon|
|2013||Dial Books||My Family for the War||Anne C. Voorhoeve||Tammi Reichel||German||W|
|2013||Graphic Universe||A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return||Zeina Abirached||Edward Gauvin||French||hon|
|2013||Eerdmans Books for Young Readers||Son of a Gun||Anne de Graaf||Anne de Graaf||Dutch||hon|
Multiple awards and honors
E. P. Dutton has won five Batchelder Awards, Delacorte Press (Dell) four. Several imprints have won three: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Lothrop, Lee & Shepard (HarperCollins); Houghton Mifflin. It appears that Scholastic Corporation and Houghton Mifflin have won five and four under all subsidiary imprints.
Anthea Bell's translations from Danish, German, French and Greek have won seven mentions, four Awards and three Honors. Hillel Halkin's translations from Hebrew have four awards. Translations from Greek by Edward Fenton have won three. Several people have translated two Award winners.
Uri Orlev writing in Hebrew and Alki Zei writing in Greek were the authors of four and three Award-winning works, all of those translated by Halkin and Fenton respectively. Bjarne Reuter wrote two of the winners in Danish and Josef Holub two of those in German.
- Numbers of Awards (44) and Honors (31) by original language
- "Welcome to the (Mildred L.) Batchelder Award home page". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- "About the Mildred L. Batchelder Award". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- "Batchelder Award winners, 1968–Present". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- "2012 Batchelder Award honors Eerdmans Books for Young Readers for Soldier Bear". ALA. Press release January 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- "(Mildred L.) Batchelder Award Terms and criteria". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- "2011 Batchelder Award honors Delacorte Press for A Time of Miracles". ALSC, Public Information Office. Press release January 10, 2011. American Libraries. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.