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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2002 Winner(s)

Cricket Books/Carus Publishing

for How I Became an American by Karin Gündisch. Translated from the German by James Skofield

Ten-year-old Johann recalls the hardships and triumphs of the immigrant experience in 1902, as his German family emigrates in search of the "paradise" said to lay in America. This well-researched novel has much to tell us about what it means to leave one's homeland for another.


2002 Honor(s)

Viking Press

for A Book of Coupons by Susie Morgenstern with illustrations by Serge Bloch. Translated from the French by Gill Rosner for the U.S. edition

Monsieur Noël welcomes his fifth grade class with permission slips for such unlikely activities as sleeping late, forgetting homework, and making lots of noise, which gets him into trouble with a sour principal. This charming and deceptively simple school story presents valuable insights into what really matters in life.