The 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award

The Mildred L. 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.  The award is given to the book’s publisher.

Mildred L. Batchelder was a Children’s Librarian with a fierce temperament who focused her efforts on fighting for the rights of minorities and the importance of children’s literature and services for multicultural communities.  She wanted to be sure that there were good books accessible to children in their own language. Hence the Mildred L. Batchelder Award which was created in 1966, in her honor.

Cry, Heart, But Never Break

 Winner — Enchanted Lion Books

Cry Heart, But Never Break
By: Glenn Ringtved

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.  Ages 4-8

Over the Ocean By Taro Gomi  Honor Book — Chronicle Books LLC

Over the Ocean
By: Taro Gomi

A young girl gazes out to where the water meets the sky and wonders what lies beyond the waves. Boats filled with toys? Skyscrapers filled with people? Houses filled with families? Or, maybe, over the ocean stands someone not so different from the girl herself, returning her gaze.  Ages 3-6

As Time Went By By Jose Sanabria  Honor Book — NorthSouth Books, Inc.

As Time Went By
By: José Sanabria

Once upon a time, there was a ship, a family and a village that each underwent changes. Told in three parts through watercolor illustrations and spare text, this story follows the ship from grand to abandoned, a family from rich to poor, and a village of homeless people from despair to joy as they find a new home within the railings of the transformed ship.  Ages 4-6

The Ballad of a Broken Nose By Arne Svingen  Honor Book — Margaret K. McElderry Books

The Ballad of a Broken Nose
By: Arne Svingen

Bart, a quirky Norwegian 13-year-old, faces many odds: an alcoholic, overweight mother who loves him dearly; life in a run-down apartment; classmates who bully him and break his nose; and boxing lessons he takes to toughen himself—all juxtaposed with his desire to become an opera singer!  Ages 10 and up


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