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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2003 Winner(s)

The Chicken House/Scholastic Publishing

for The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke and translated from the German by Oliver Latsch

Two orphaned brothers, Prosper, 12, and Bo, 5, come to Venice on the run from relatives who intend to separate them. A band of street kids, a mysterious Thief Lord, a nosy detective and a magical carousel are all part of an enchanting story that combines mystery, adventure and fantasy.


2003 Honor(s)

David R. Godine

for Henrietta and the Golden Eggs by Hanna Johansen, illustrated by K├Ąthi Bhend, and translated from the German by John Barrett

An innovative book design captures the heart of this allegorical tale of a persistent and clever hen that pursues dreams leading to better conditions for the 3,333 chickens on a poultry farm.