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.

the wonderful fluffy little squishy

2016
Beatrice Alemagna. The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy

Eddie is five and a half, and thinks she is the only one in her family who isn't really good at something. So when she hears her little sister say "birthday--Mommy--fluffy--little--squishy," it's extra important for her to find this amazing present before anyone else does.

mikis and the donkey bookjacket 2015
Bibi Dumon Tak​. Mikis and the Donkey ​

Mikis is thrilled when his grandfather buys a new donkey, but soon begins to worry that he is overworking the animal.

2014
Truus Matti. Mister Orange

When Linus Muller takes over making deliveries for his family's Manhattan grocery store in 1943, including bringing a crate of oranges every other week to an artist from Europe, the two become friends as they discuss war, the future, freedom, and imagination.
2013
Anne C. Voorhoeve. My Family for the War

Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland.
2012
Bibi Dumon Tak. Soldier Bear

An orphaned Syrian brown bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II and serves for five years as their mischievous mascot in Iran and Italy. Based on a true story.
2011
Anne-Laure Bondoux. A Time of Miracles

In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

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