About the Mildred L. Batchelder Award
This award, established in Mildred L. Batchelder's honor 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.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
for The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto (Tokyo, Japan), 1996. Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano
The Friends tells the story of three sixth-grade friends who spend their spare time spying on an elderly neighbor, whom they expect to die. Instead, he comes to life as a new friend who helps them make the transition from childhood to young adulthood.