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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2004 Winner(s)

Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin Company

for Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev and translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin

Run, Boy, Run is the extraordinary account of one boy's survival of the Holocaust. At the age of eight, Srulik is left alone in the Warsaw Ghetto, and must fend for himself, even forgetting his name, in order to survive the Holocaust.  With dangers all around him, he must fight off starvation, the danger of capture, brutal Polish winters and the ever-present anti-Semitism. He escapes into the countryside where he spends the ensuing years hiding in the forest, dependent on the sympathies and generosity of the poor farmers in the surrounding area. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, several chases, captures, attempted executions, and even the loss of his arm, Srulik miraculously survives.

2004 Honor(s)

Chronicle Books

for The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schyffert, translated from the Swedish by Emi Guner

Reminiscent of a scrapbook, this extraordinary book chronicles what Michael Collins did, saw, and thought about in space. What was it like to go to the moon and be the only man in the mission not to walk on the surface?  Collins orbited the moon 14 times, while surrounded by 701 power switches and 20 pounds of checklists. Through fascinating facts, quotes, checklists, original drawings, and photos taken both in space and on Earth, the book tells how the astronauts prepared for their historic journey, what they brought with them, and what they left behind.