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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2005 Winner(s)

Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books

for The Shadows of Ghadames by Joëlle Stolz, translated from the French by Catherine Temerson

“The Shadows of Ghadames” paints a vivid picture of a young woman’s coming of age in 19th-century Libya, as 11-year-old Malika questions the restrictions she encounters as she approaches marriageable age.  When the women of her family secretly aid a young outcast, Malika gains a new understanding of the strength of the women of Ghadames, whose seclusion from the men’s world of the streets has created a powerful all-female community that extends across the rooftops of the city.


2005 Honor(s)

Farrar Straus Giroux

for The Crow-Girl: The Children of Crow Cove by Bodil Bredsdorff, translated from the Danish by Faith Ingwersen

“The Crow-Girl,” by Bodil Bredsdorff, was translated into English by Faith Ingwersen.  The book was originally published in Danish in 1993 as “Krageungen:  Børnene i Kragevig 1.” In this spare yet moving novel, the Crow-Girl and her grandmother live in a stone house on a sea cove.  After her grandmother dies, the child follows the beckoning cries of two crows and leaves her home.  While on her journey, the Crow-Girl encounters people who attempt to break her spirit, as well as those who open their hearts and eventually become her chosen family.


Richard Jackson Books/Simon & Schuster's Atheneum division

for Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi by David Chotjewitz, translated from the German by Doris Orgel

In this story of 1930s’ Germany, a boy who initially enjoys the advantages of an affluent upbringing is forced into a life of deception after discovering that he is half-Jewish.  The suspenseful plot revolves around the complicated relationship between Daniel and his friend Armin, who try to remain close even as the rise of Nazism takes them in different directions.  Eventually both must make choices that change their own and each other’s lives.