Mildred L. Batchelder Award

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.

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1999 Winner(s)

Dial Books for Young Readers

for Thanks to My Mother, by Schoschana Rabinovici, 1998. Translated from the German by James Skofield

In “Thanks to My Mother,” 8-year-old Schoschana Rabinovici recounts her harrowing childhood experiences from the time that the German Army invades her home in Lithuania to her liberation from a concentration camp by the Russian Army at the end of World War II.  It is her mother’s indomitable spirit and awe-inspiring steadfastness that rescues them both from the Holocaust’s shadow of death.


1999 Honor(s)

Viking Children's Books

for Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern, 1998. Translated from the French by Gill Rosner.