Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Cry, Heart, But Never Break
In this book, four children naively attempt to outwit Death who arrives for their grandmother. Using a parable featuring the marriage of Joy and Delight to Grief and Sorrow, Death comforts the children during this difficult time. Gentle storytelling reassures young readers about the honest truth of life and death.
“Ringtved’s text respects readers by offering a comforting, but direct confrontation with death in a story that is both somber and joyful,” said Batchelder Award Committee Chair Jamie Campbell Naidoo.
As Time Went By
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.
The Ballad of a Broken Nose
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!
Over the Ocean
Using spare text and vivid illustrations, this wistful picture book invites wonder about the broader world beyond the horizon of what is known. A child poses questions that contemplate people, place, and the possibility that someone somewhere might be just like you.