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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2006 Winner(s)

Arthur A. Levine Books

for An Innocent Soldier written by Josef Holub and translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

The book tells the story of a young farmhand’s experience as a soldier in Napoleon’s invasion of Russia beginning in the winter of 1811. Betrayed by his farmer, he is conscripted into the Grande Armée and joins an ill-fated march to conquer Moscow. He becomes the personal servant of a young aristocrat, a life-transforming experience for both of them.


2006 Honor(s)

Bloomsbury Children's Books

for When I Was a Soldier written by Valérie Zenatti and translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

Zenatti’s memoir tackles the unusual topic of compulsory military service in Israel, revealing the complex fabric of Israeli society. Her account of her first year as a soldier describes an experience totally foreign to American teens.


Phaidon Press Limited

for Nicholas written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, translated from the French by Anthea Bell

A favorite among French schoolchildren for nearly half a century, the Nicholas stories introduce American readers to the hilarious escapades of a schoolboy and his classmates in an all-boys school.