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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2009 Winner(s)

Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

for Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, writtten by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano

The book tells the story of Balsa, a skilled female warrior, who accepts the task of protecting a young prince from otherworldly demons and his father’s assassins.  Prince Chagum is the Moribito, the guardian of the sacred spirit.  If Balsa is unsuccessful in protecting the prince, the country will suffer years of devastating drought so together they must find in each other the source of strength they need to prevail.

“This sophisticated and complex Japanese epic is filled with political intrigue, mystery and danger,” said Batchelder Committee Chair Sandra Imdieke.


2009 Honor(s)

Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

for Tiger Moon, written by Antonia Michaelis, translated from the German by Anthea Bell.

A betrayed woman facing death, a most unlikely hero, and a sarcastic talking white tiger in colonial-era India come together in a magical story within a story.  Antonia Michaelis’ masterfully crafted tale moves seamlessly from reality to fantasy as it reveals the profound power of story.

“‘Stories are an excellent way to escape,’says Safia, who in this tale literally proves this to be true,” said Imdieke.


Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

for Garmann's Summer, written and illustrated by Stian Hole, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.

Hole introduces us to six-year-old Garmann during his last summer before starting school.  The humorous and poetic text, combined with surreal and multi-layered artwork, creates a truly unique and complex look at the universality of fear and uncertainty. 

“This is a book rich with literary and visual complexity, but it will be Garmann who readers remember,” said Imdieke.